Christian Guilleminault obtained his MD at the Faculté de Médecine de Paris (France) in 1962, and had is Doctorate in medicine in 1968 at the same place. He did his neurology training mostly at the hospital de La Salpêtrière in Paris, and after finishing neurology, his psychiatry training in Geneva, Switzerland and Paris, France. He was board certified in neurology and board certified in psychiatry in France in 1970. He obtained a Diplôme d’Étude Approfondie from the Paris University Faculty of Sciences (Histology and Histo-Chemistry) in 1968. He received a Doctorate in Biology/Neurosciences from the Université de Grenoble in 1999; He had the Academic Diploma “Habilitation à Diriger la Recherche” from the Université de Montpellier medical school in 1998. He is a Fellow from the American EEG Society and a Fellow from the AASM (AmericanAcademy of Sleep Medicine).
Academic carreer: He was nominated « Maître de Recherche » (tenure) in L’Institut National de la Santé et la de Recherche Médicale (INSERM) in Paris (France) in 1977.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University in 1980. Professor with tenure of neurology in psychiatry, department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and (by courtesy) Neurology, Stanford university school of medicine in 1985.
Guest Professor at the University of Marburg (Germany) and recipient of an Humbolt grant in 1987-1988. Professor without tenure, École de medicine de Montpellier (France) 1994-1996.
He is currently professor in the department of psychiatry and behavior sciences and by courtesy, in the department of neurology, Stanford university medical school, Stanford CA and professor with tenure in the Stanford University Sleep Medicine Division.
His current research is to find the different risk factors that lead to occurrence of sleep-disordered-breathing and obstructive-sleep-apnea, with the goal of preventive occurrence of the syndrome by treating early the risks factors.
He is internationally involved in the creation of "Sleep Medicine" as a medical field throughout the world.