The AASM Foundation recently awarded more than $1.4 million in career development and investigator-initiated awards to support sleep investigators across the country. The awardees’ projects aim to fill research gaps in hypersomnia, sleep apnea, insomnia and other high-impact research areas needed to advance the field of sleep medicine, which will ultimately lead to improved health outcomes in patients.

The AASM Foundation congratulates the seven recipients of the 2018 Bridge to Success Award and 2018 Strategic Research Award:

2018 Bridge to Success for Early Career Investigators (Cycle 2) Recipient

Mary Beth Miller, PhD
University of Missouri
Treating Insomnia Among Heavy-Drinking Veterans

2018 Strategic Research Award Recipients

Jennifer Albrecht, PhD
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Impact of High PAP Adherence on Cardiovascular Outcomes Among Medicare Beneficiaries with Obstructive Sleep Apnea, 2006-2015

Ruth Benca, MD, PhD
University of California, Irvine
PAP Adherence and Longitudinal Accumulation of Alzheimer’s Disease Pathology in Cognitively Normal Older Adults with Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Indira Gurubhagavatula, MD
Division of Sleep Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Adherence to Positive Airway Pressure in Law Enforcement Officers with Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Role of Telemedicine Strategies

Kiran Maski, MD
Boston Children’s Hospital
Development and Validation of Pediatric Narcolepsy Patient Reported Outcomes Scale (PN-PROS)

Diego Mazzotti, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
Leveraging Polysomnographic Physiological Signals for Improved Cardiovascular Risk Stratification in Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Lynn Marie Trotti, MD, MSc
Emory University School of Medicine
Informing Treatment Decisions in the Central Disorders of Hypersomnolence: A Pragmatic Clinical Trial of Modafinil Versus Amphetamines

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