Claudio Stampi, M.D., Ph.D.
Sleep Consultant for Rich Wilson

Claudio Stampi is Founder and Director of the Chronobiology Research Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. The institute conducts research on human alertness, performance, biological rhythms and sleep, and runs Alertness and Performance Optimization programs to minimize human error, promote safety and enhance productivity in organizations and industries involved with shift-work and round-the-clock operations.

Dr. Stampi received his medical training and doctoral degrees at the School of Medicine of the University of Bologna, Italy, where he also obtained his specialization degrees in Neurology and in Biomedical Technologies. From 1987 to 1989 he was responsible for the project Ultrashort sleep: a strategy for optimal performance during sustained operations funded by the Canadian Government at the University of Ottawa. In 1990 he created the Sleep and Alertness Research Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which became the Chronobiology Research Institute in 1997.

Dr. Stampi, a leading expert in sleep, alertness and fatigue research, also specializes in identifying and employing alertness management solutions for industrial operations and situations involving space, marine, aviation, and surface transport operations. He has been a pioneer in the development and optimization of polyphasic ultrashort napping techniques to sustain alertness and performance—while requiring only limited sleep—in round-the-clock operations. As a prominent specialist on sleep in extreme situations, one of the arenas where Dr. Stampi applies the lessons learned from his research in professional sport. He has worked with and studied many top athletes, among them young British sailing star Ellen MacArthur, contributing to her victorious extraordinary performances in non-stop single-handed trans-Atlantic and round-the-world races. Himself an experienced yachtsman, Dr. Stampi participated in two round the world sailing races, including the 1981–82 Whitbread Race as Chief Scientist and Skipper of the research yacht La Barca Laboratorio.

Dr. Stampi served as Principal Investigator in a number of research programs, including those investigating sleepiness mechanisms and its countermeasures, shiftwork and its problems and solutions. These studies have been applied in a variety of occupational programs, including projects commissioned by NASA to design and study ultrashort sleep strategies for emergencies in space missions. Dr. Stampi’s academic publications include the book Why We Nap. Evolution, Chronobiology, and Functions of Polyphasic and Ultrashort Sleep (Birkhauser, Boston). His work has been featured in the national and international press (e.g., The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, The Times, The Independent, La Republica, Business Week, Focus) and on television (e.g., BBC Horizon, PBS Nova and Scientific American, the Discovery Channel).