Michael CheeMBBS, FRCP
Dr. Michael Chee is a Professor at Duke-NUS Medical School and Director of its Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. He underwent medical training at the National University of Singapore and specialized in internal medicine and neurology before switching to a career in cognitive neuroscience. Intrigued by personal experiences of cognitive and affective effects of jet lag from trans-meridian flights he had taken, he began studying cognition in the setting of a single night total sleep deprivation. His earlier research probed the neuroimaging correlates of performance decline and the basis for inter-individual variation in tolerance such deprivation. These efforts resulted in the characterization effects of sleep deprivation on visual attention, processing capacity, functional connectivity and economic decision-making. More recently, he shifted his focus to studying the effects of multiple nights of sleep loss in adolescents. In addition to studying cognitive deficits and their underlying mechanisms, he is interested in the long-term effects of integrated education, time use modulation, napping and starting school later, on sleep, cognition and health. He actively engages policy makers and lay media channels to advocate for sleep as a modifiable risk factor.