- Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, Medical School
Michael Howell, MD, an associate professor in the Department of Neurology, is a leading expert in the relationship between sleep and the brain. Dr. Howell's primary research interests focus on abnormal nocturnal behaviors, the parasomnias (sleepwalking, REM sleep behavior disorder, sleep apnea) as well as sleep and athletic performance. Howell studies how sleep disorders could be early predictors for Parkinson’s disease, which allows him the unique opportunity to reverse the neurodegenerative condition. For athletes of any level, Howell stresses the need for optimizing sleep to improve athletic performance and is actively pursuing interventions to reach the pinnacle of human performance. Howell was named “Best of 2012 Sleep Doctors” by Sleep Review.