The Introduction of a New Domain into an Existing Area of Research: Novel Discoveries Through Integration of Sleep into Cancer and Obesity Research



Inadequate sleep and sleep disturbances have recently emerged as important contributors to obesity and cancer risk. This chapter describes the emergence of cross-disciplinary research on sleep, energetics, and cancer risk. It describes the challenges that were encountered, how these were addressed, and the added value this integration has brought, in terms of research questions and approaches and scientific findings.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Population MedicineHarvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care InstituteBostonUSA
  2. 2.Division of Sleep MedicineHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  3. 3.Division of Sleep and Circadian DisordersBrigham and Women’s HospitalBostonUSA

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