Dr. Ruth Benca, M.D., Ph.D., has recently joined the Wake Forest School of Medicine as Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior from the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Benca is a psychiatrist who is an internationally recognized authority on the relationship between sleep and brain health, in particular psychiatric disorders. Dr. Benca worked to build a state-of-the-art academic sleep medicine center at UC Irvine which provides research and patient care for sleep problems and related neuropsychiatric issues including depression and other mood disorders.
Key Research Areas:
Sleep and memory, obstructive sleep apnea, high-density EEG, depression, mental health
Dr. Benca was featured at the UC Irvine 2017 Distinguished Lecture on Brain, Learning and Memory where she spoke on "What can we learn about the sleeping brain."
Watch the video of the lecture, What can we learn from the sleeping brain?