The AASM Foundation recently awarded $300,000 in career development awards to support early career sleep physician scientists. The funded projects will explore the relationship between obstructive sleep apnea and death, sleep and recovery in stroke survivors, and insomnia among the elderly population.

The AASM Foundation congratulates the 3 recipients of the 2018 Career Development Awards:

ABSM Junior Faculty Award

Salma Patel, MD, MPH

University of Arizona
Cardiorespiratory Interactions during Noninvasive Ventilation

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a prevalent condition and has been associated with increased mortality. It is unknown whether OSA-related changes on markers of ventricular repolarization are responsible for mediating the relationship between OSA and death. A retrospective analysis of existing sleep study databases will be performed to review baseline markers of ventricular repolarization in patients with OSA and evaluate the impact of apneas/hypopneas and all modes of noninvasive ventilation on markers of ventricular repolarization and mortality.

Bridge to Success Award for Early Career Investigators

Eric Landsness, MD, PhD

Washington University – St. Louis
Local Slow Wave Sleep and Stroke Recovery

Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability in the US. The purpose of this research is to better understand the role of slow wave sleep (SWS) in post-stroke recovery by using chemogenetics to locally manipulate SWS and track recovery. This has the potential to clarify the basic mechanisms of how SWS regulates neuronal repair and recovery after stroke with the ultimate goal of identifying novel, sleep-based stroke rehabilitation therapies.

Physician Scientist Training Award

Brienne Miner, MD

Yale University
Insomnia with Short Sleep Duration in Aging Populations

Insomnia with short sleep duration (SSD) may represent a high-risk phenotype. This project will test whether insomnia with actigraphy-confirmed SSD is more strongly associated with adverse outcomes than insomnia with subjective SSD in older persons. It will also evaluate how aging-related factors cluster and contribute to insomnia with SSD. This research will create an aging approach for diagnosing insomnia and may identify those older persons most at risk for adverse health outcomes.


The mission of the AASM Foundation is to promote discoveries that advance the understanding of sleep for healthier lives. Contributions directly support the AASM Foundation’s programs, including the Career Development Awards, that are expanding the pipeline of sleep clinician scientists by providing funding and mentorship to new investigators.

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