Una D McCann, MD


Dr. McCann is Co-Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Sleep Research and Education (CISRE) at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. She joined the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Hopkins in 1999, and has been conducting research related to sleep and sleep deprivation since 1989. Her work at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research was focused on identifying brain mechanisms involved in cognitive and behavioral decline during prolonged wakefulness. Later, at the NIH, she conducted research on sleep problems in anxiety disorders, and the neurological and neuropharmacological underpinnings of sleep panic attacks. Current research seeks to identify the effects of monoaminergic neurotoxic injury from methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) and methamphetamine on sleep macro- and micro-architecture, as well as sleep disordered breathing. In addition, as Director of the Anxiety Disorders Program at Hopkins, she continues to conduct research directed at elucidating the role of disordered sleep in the pathophysiology of post traumatic stress disorder and other anxiety disorders. Dr. McCann serves as collaborator on a number of multidisciplinary sleep research efforts, including projects investigating sleep in traumatic brain injury, substance abuse and chronic pain.