National Center on Sleep Disorders Research

Located within the Division of Lung Diseases of the NHLBI, the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research (NCSDR) was established in 1993 to foster the coordination of sleep and circadian research within NIH and other Federal agencies. Insufficient sleep and under-treatment of sleep disorders is a national health concern that causes a substantial economic burden to the U.S. economy each year due to accidents and lost productivity.

Research

Sleep disorders and sleep deficiency encompass many medical fields, requiring multidisciplinary approaches to identify specific risks to health, develop diagnostic tools, and improve therapies. This research involves a spectrum of experts at every level of study (molecular biologists, geneticists, physiologists, developmental and behavioral scientists), and many areas of medicine (psychiatry, immunology, pediatric, pulmonary, and cardiology).

NCSDR activities include the following:

  • NCSDR administers sleep and circadian research projects related to the regulation of sleep and sleep disorders and the etiology and treatment of heart, lung, and blood diseases. 
  • Studies to determine how the brain controls breathing during sleep, and the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of sleep disordered breathing.
  • NCSDR serves a Sleep Research Coordinating Committee made up of program representatives NIH-wide to facilitate the discussion of sleep and circadian research activities and research.
  • A Sleep Disorders Research Advisory Board consisting of sleep and circadian experts, sleep disorder patients, and Federal officials meets publicly twice each year with NCSDR and NIH sleep and circadian program representatives to discuss sleep and circadian research needs and opportunities. 
  • NCSDR curates the NIH National Sleep Disorders Research Plan with input from the the Sleep Disorders Research Advisory Board, trans-NIH Sleep Research Coordinating Committee, and public to highlight selected opportunities for scientific advance.

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Training and Technology Transfer

Developing new scientists in sleep, circadian biology, and sleep disorders research is a major undertaking. The Center administers sleep and circadian research training and career development programs serving institutions and postdoctoral individuals nationwide.

As part of its efforts to ensure that research advances are utilized by health care providers, the Center has supported the development of medical school sleep disorder curricula and durable educational materials. A Sleep Academic Award (SAA) program – which was conducted in three concurrent cycles from 1996 to 2002 – improved the quality of medical school education on sleep disorders at 20 sites nationwide. A subsequent funding opportunity is supporting research to develop sleep education programs for patients and caregivers.

View the full listing of projects on NIH RePORTER funded through the SAA program.

Professional and Patient Education

The Center seeks to ensure that research results lead to health benefits. It works towards this goal by educating health care professionals about sleep disorders and research findings, and translating sleep health and disorders research findings for patients and their families.

The NHLBI publications and resources for health care professionals summarizing the latest sleep science and clinical care best practices, as well as educational materials that can be shared with patients and their families to help answer some of their questions on sleep and sleep disorders. View the NHLBI Online Catalog.

The NHLBI also has online science-based, plain-language health information on sleep-related Health Topics for patients, caregivers, and the public, including:

Other Resources

Inter-Agency Coordination

The NCSDR serves as point-of-contact at for researchers, professional societies, non-governmental stakeholders (public, private, and nonprofit groups), and other Federal agencies interested in NIH sleep research activities. The Center seeks to facilitate, disseminate, and coordinate these activities as a subject matter expert and encourage cooperation, especially in crosscutting areas. It also seeks to improve communication among scientists, policymakers, and health care professionals.

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National Center on Sleep Disorders Research, NHLBI, NIH
6701 Rockledge Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892
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