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Orfeu Marcello Buxton, PhD
Associate Neuroscientist, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Lecturer on Medicine, Part-time, Harvard Medical School

Brigham and Women's Hospital
Department of Medicine
Sleep Medicine
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115

Research Location: Boston Lying-In

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Research Narrative:

Dr. Buxton is an Associate Neuroscientist at Brigham & Women's Hospital, Lecturer on Medicine at Harvard Medical School,  Adjunct Associate Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard School of Public Health, and Associate Professor in Biobehavioral Health, Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Buxton’s research primarily focuses on 1) the health consequences of chronic sleep deficiency, especially cardiometabolic outcomes, and 2) the causes of chronic sleep deficiency in the workplace, home, and society informing the physiologic and social mechanisms by which these outcomes arise. Successful aging is a central focus of this work. Ongoing interdisciplinary human studies involve sleep loss, aging, and insomnia, as well as health disparities.

Dr. Buxton serves on the Internal Advisory Board for the Harvard School of Public Health Center for Work, Health, and Well-being. Dr. Buxton co-chairs the Steering Committee of the Work, Family, and Health Network and leads the Biomarker and Actigraphy Data Coordinating Center (BADCC) for the Work, Family, and Health Study, and the Fragile Families study, among others.

After earning a B.S. in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh and a stint as a small business owner, Dr. Buxton earned a doctoral degree in Neuroscience from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, working with Professors Eve Van Cauter and Fred Turek. He obtained post-doctoral training in sleep and endocrinology with Dr. Van Cauter at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Buxton co-founded the National Postdoctoral Association, a member-driven organization that provides a unique, national voice for postdoctoral scholars. 

Northwestern University, 2000, PhD

2010 Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching
2011 Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching

Other Professional Activities:
Co-chair, Steering Committee, Work, Family, and Health Network,
Member, Research Committee, Sleep Research Society
Associate Preceptor, Training Program in Sleep, Circadian and Respiratory Neurobiology, BWH
Member, Advisory Board, Center for Work, Health, and Well-being, HSPH

Additional News:
“Advice for Boomers Concerned About Sleep Deficiency”, New York Times