Dr. Roger J. Broughton, MDCM, Ph.D., FRCPC, Inducted into Worldwide Who’s Who for Excellence in Neurology

Dr. Roger Broughton is a recognized name in sleep medicine and research

OTTAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA, February 1, 2013, Dr. Roger J. Broughton, MDCM, Ph.D., FRCPC, Neurologist and Sleep Medicine Expert with the University of Ottawa, and with Sleep/Wake Products Canada, has been recognized by Worldwide Who’s Who for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in neurology.

With 50 years of experience in his field, Dr. Broughton is known for his expertise in medical sleep disorders, sleep research and chronobiology. He created Sleep/Wake Products Canada two years ago, where he is involved in obtaining and preparing historical documents on the development of sleep medicine. His activities include creating compact discs on important discoveries, building a library of video-interviews of pioneers in the field, editing documents and conducting research. He is also a popular public speaker on the topic of sleep and its disorders.

Recognized as a pioneer in both sleep research and sleep medicine, Dr. Broughton received his training in the early ’60s in Marseilles, France, with renowned neurologist Dr. Henri Gastaut at the Centre St. Paul and l’Hôpital de la Timone. Together Drs. Broughton and Gastaut published landmark studies on epilepsy, as well as on sleep disorders. In 1964, Dr. Broughton moved to the Montreal Neurological Institute, where a year later he went on staff as an assistant professor at McGill University. In this position, Dr. Broughton was heavily involved in research. During this period in Montreal, and for several years after, he served as an expert for epilepsy at the World Health Organization’s Division of Psychiatry/Epilepsy, which was directed by Dr. Norman Sartorius. Dr. Broughton had a major role in writing the WHO Dictionary of Epilepsy, which was published in English, French and Spanish, and was subsequently used for epidemiological research in epilepsy around the world. Dr. Broughton moved in 1968 to the University of Ottawa, Canada, as an associate professor of neurology and, upon arrival, created an open-referral Sleep Medicine Center, the first in Canada and one of the earliest two or three such facilities in the world. He was, moreover, the founding director of Sleep Medicine at the Ottawa General Hospital and the director of the Human Neurosciences Research Unit at the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Broughton is fluent in both English and French and speaks some German and Italian. He is the author of 11 books, 106 refereed chapters, 88 refereed journal articles, and more than 200 abstracts. His books, chapters and articles have been published in English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Russian, Mandarin and Japanese. 

Growing up in a household in which science was practiced and revered, Dr. Broughton became interested in medical research and helping others. After graduating with an MDCM from Queen’s University in 1960, and then interning, he received clinical and research training from 1962-1964 with Professor Henri Gastaut in Marseille, France. He subsequently returned to Canada and was at the Montreal Neurological Institute from 1964-1968 where while on staff he received a Ph.D. in clinical neurosciences from McGill University. According to Dr. Broughton, the earlier internship in France was a major factor in his success; he attributes his success as a researcher not only to his passion for the field, but also to the inspiration he received while working with Dr. Gastaut.

A fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Dr. Broughton keeps abreast of developments in his field through meetings, editorial work and networking with his peers. He is an honorary member of the Polish Sleep Society, Western EEG Society, Cuban Neurosciences Society, Czechoslovakian Medical Society J.E. Purkyne, Latin American Sleep Research Society and the Brazilian Academy of Neurologists, as well as a member of the Canadian Medical Association and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. He also holds memberships in the Sleep Research Society, which he served as president from 1972 to 1975, the European Sleep Research Society, of which he was a founding member in 1972, and the Canadian Sleep Society, of which he was the founding president in 1986.

In addition, Dr. Broughton has received numerous awards throughout his distinguished career. These include the Government of Canada Inventor’s Award in 1985 for creating the world’s first commercialized automatic sleep scoring system, the W.C. Dement Lifetime Achievement Award of the Sleep Research Society in 1997 and the creation of the Roger Broughton Young Researcher Award by the Canadian Sleep Society in 2003. He was awarded the Dr. J. David Grimes Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ottawa Health Research Institute, Ottawa, in 2004. In addition, he was honored with, and received the Seal of the University of Akita, Japan, in 1994, and that of the University of Bologna, Italy in 2000. Since 2007 Dr. Broughton has been Emeritus Professor at the University of Ottawa.

In the years ahead, Dr. Broughton intends to continue his clinical and research work and write a book about the importance of sleep in health and well-being.

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