Secondary Faculty

Susan Redline

Professor in the Department of Epidemiology


Other Positions

Peter C. Farrell Professor of Sleep Medicine

Medicine-Brigham and Women's Hospital

Harvard Medical School


I direct the Program in Sleep Medicine Epidemiology at BWH. Our goals are to conduct rigorous and population-based research to: elucidate the role of genetics, early life developmental factors, and environmental exposures on sleep health; identify how social and environmental factors shape sleep health disparities which in turn drive chronic health disparities; and identify the role of sleep interventions in improving health, including cardiovascular, metabolic, and cognitive disorders.

Within the Program, we support the following Resources:

The BWH Sleep Reading Center (, an international core laboratory that provides leadership in the design and implementation of sleep data collection for numerous clinical trials and cohort studies. It spearheaded efforts at establishing rigorous quality control procedures for multi-site sleep research and for integrating advanced signal processing analytics into large scale-epidemiological datasets to provide quantitative biomarkers of sleep and sleep disorders.

The National Sleep Research Resource (NSRR;, a NHLBI-data and tool repository and community engagement resource that shares large quantities of polysomnography, actigraphy and other data coupled with tools to structure, harmonize, visualize and analyze sleep data.

The Sleep Apnea Patient-Centered Outcomes Network (MyApnea;, a web-based portal to promote sleep apnea patient support and patient engagement in research.

I am the recipient of a NHLBI Outstanding Investigator Award (R35) that supports a research and training program, Phenotypic and Genomic Signatures For Sleep Apnea. This program brings together trainees and experts in epidemiology, genetic and sleep/respiratory physiology to identify biomarkers and molecular mechanisms for sleep apnea risk, models interactions between sleep disorders and genetic risk factors (G*E), and attempts to resolve the heterogeneity in sleep apnea that predicts differences in outcomes and treatment response.

I co-direct the following multi-center clinical trials:
Pediatric Adenotonsillectomy Trial (PATS;
Impact of Low Flow Oxygen on Hospital Admissions and Mortality in Heart Failure and Central Sleep Apnea (LOFT-HF;

I co-lead a cohort study examining the impact of the home environment on sleep disorders among children in low income urban neighborhoods. (Environmental Assessment of Sleep in Youth).

BA, 05/1979, Six Year Medical Honors Program
Boston University, Boston

MD, 05/1979, Medicine
Boston University School of Medicine, Boston

MPH, 05/1986, Respiratory Epidemiology
Harvard School Of Public Health, Boston

Spotlight on Women's Scholarship
Case Western Reserve University

Association of American Physicians

Sleep In Infancy and Childhood Award

Scientific Recognition Award
American Thoracic Society

William C Dement Scientific Achievement Award
American Academy of Sleep Medicine


Monogenic and Polygenic Contributions to QTc Prolongation in the Population.

Nauffal V, Morrill VN, Jurgens SJ, Choi SH, Hall AW, Weng LC, Halford JL, Austin-Tse C, Haggerty CM, Harris SL, Wong EK, Alonso A, Arking DE, Benjamin EJ, Boerwinkle E, Min YI, Correa A, Fornwalt BK, Heckbert SR, Kooperberg C, Lin HJ, Loos RJF, Rice KM, Gupta N, Blackwell TW, Mitchell BD, Morrison AC, Psaty BM, Post WS, Redline S, Rehm HL, Rich SS, Rotter JI, Soliman EZ, Sotoodehnia N, Lunetta KL, Ellinor PT, Lubitz SA.

Circulation. 2022 Apr 07. PMID: 35389749

Mendelian randomization supports bidirectional causality between telomere length and clonal hematopoiesis of indeterminate potential.

Nakao T, Bick AG, Taub MA, Zekavat SM, Uddin MM, Niroula A, Carty CL, Lane J, Honigberg MC, Weinstock JS, Pampana A, Gibson CJ, Griffin GK, Clarke SL, Bhattacharya R, Assimes TL, Emery LS, Stilp AM, Wong Q, Broome J, Laurie CA, Khan AT, Smith AV, Blackwell TW, Codd V, Nelson CP, Yoneda ZT, Peralta JM, Bowden DW, Irvin MR, Boorgula M, Zhao W, Yanek LR, Wiggins KL, Hixson JE, Gu CC, Peloso GM, Roden DM, Reupena MS, Hwu CM, DeMeo DL, North KE, Kelly S, Musani SK, Bis JC, Lloyd-Jones DM, Johnsen JM, Preuss M, Tracy RP, Peyser PA, Qiao D, Desai P, Curran JE, Freedman BI, Tiwari HK, Chavan S, Smith JA, Smith NL, Kelly TN, Hidalgo B, Cupples LA, Weeks DE, Hawley NL, Minster RL, Deka R, Naseri TT, de Las Fuentes L, Raffield LM, Morrison AC, Vries PS, Ballantyne CM, Kenny EE, Rich SS, Whitsel EA, Cho MH, Shoemaker MB, Pace BS, Blangero J, Palmer ND, Mitchell BD, Shuldiner AR, Barnes KC, Redline S, Kardia SLR, Abecasis GR, Becker LC, Heckbert SR, He J, Post W, Arnett DK, Vasan RS, Darbar D, Weiss ST, McGarvey ST, de Andrade M, Chen YI, Kaplan RC, Meyers DA, Custer BS, Correa A, Psaty BM, Fornage M, Manson JE, Boerwinkle E, Konkle BA, Loos RJF, Rotter JI, Silverman EK, Kooperberg C, Danesh J, Samani NJ, Jaiswal S, Libby P, Ellinor PT, Pankratz N, Ebert BL, Reiner AP, Mathias RA, Do R, Natarajan P.

Sci Adv. 2022 Apr 08. 8(14):eabl6579. PMID: 35385311

Polygenic transcriptome risk scores for COPD and lung function improve cross-ethnic portability of prediction in the NHLBI TOPMed program.

Hu X, Qiao D, Kim W, Moll M, Balte PP, Lange LA, Bartz TM, Kumar R, Li X, Yu B, Cade BE, Laurie CA, Sofer T, Ruczinski I, Nickerson DA, Muzny DM, Metcalf GA, Doddapaneni H, Gabriel S, Gupta N, Dugan-Perez S, Cupples LA, Loehr LR, Jain D, Rotter JI, Wilson JG, Psaty BM, Fornage M, Morrison AC, Vasan RS, Washko G, Rich SS, O'Connor GT, Bleecker E, Kaplan RC, Kalhan R, Redline S, Gharib SA, Meyers D, Ortega V, Dupuis J, London SJ, Lappalainen T, Oelsner EC, Silverman EK, Barr RG, Thornton TA, Wheeler HE, Cho MH, Im HK, Manichaikul A.

Am J Hum Genet. 2022 May 05. 109(5):857-870. PMID: 35385699


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