The National Center on Sleep Disorders Research (NCSDR) supports research, technology innovation, training, health education, and other activities that advance scientific knowledge of sleep disorders and circadian biology, and that promote sleep health. The NCSDR also coordinates sleep and circadian biology research throughout the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other Federal agencies. Located within the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, the NCSDR was established by Congress as part of the NIH Revitalization Act of 1993 (42 USC Sec. 285b-7).
Under that act, the Sleep Disorders Research Advisory Board (SDRAB) makes recommendations and assists with the development of a comprehensive NIH plan that identifies sleep and circadian research priorities. Read the 2021 NIH Sleep Research Plan.
NIH funds sleep and circadian research through investigator-initiated and Institute-initiated programs.
The National Center on Sleep Disorders Research (NCSDR) promotes sleep and circadian scientific advances, from laboratory research to clinical practice, to improve scientific knowledge, transform health care, and advance public health and safety and the well-being of the nation.
One enduring strategy the NCSDR uses to achieve this mission is by fostering a strong and diverse workforce.
Sleep and Neurobiology
Contact: Lawrence Baizer, Ph.D., email@example.com
Prevention and Sleep Health
Contact: Shilpy Dixit, Ph.D., firstname.lastname@example.org
Chronobiology and Ventilatory Control
Contact: Aaron D. Laposky, Ph.D., email@example.com
Sleep Disorders Medicine
Contact: Alfonso Alfini, Ph.D., firstname.lastname@example.org
Sleep disorders, circadian biology, and sleep health relate to a multitude of biological systems, health conditions, and medical disciplines. That is why a coordinated and collaborative approach must be used to successfully advance sleep and circadian science, foster technology transfer, expand training, transform health care, and increase dissemination of health information to advance well-being and improve public health and safety.
The NCSDR serves as the point-of-contact for researchers, professional societies, non-governmental stakeholders (public, private, and nonprofit groups), and other Federal agencies interested in NIH sleep research activities.
The NCSDR director serves as the Executive Secretary of the SDRAB, an Advisory Board composed of Members and Ex Officio Members and led by a member-elected chairperson.
The NCSDR leads the Trans-NIH Sleep Research Coordinating Committee, a forum to discuss and consider potential opportunities for programmatic coordination of biological and circadian rhythms research and other sleep-related research, training, and health information dissemination. Participating institutes, centers, and offices include: NHLBI, NIAAA, NIA, NCI, NIGMS, NICHD, NCCIH, NIAID, NIDDK, NIDA, NIMH, NIMHD, NINDS, NINR, ORWH, OBSSR, and ODS.
The NCSDR fosters the coordination of sleep and circadian research among other Federal agencies, including:
The NCSDR director and staff meet regularly with sleep and circadian researchers, professional societies, and other stakeholders to gather feedback and offer updates.
NCSDR works to turn research findings into health information that benefits the public. It does this, in part, by educating healthcare professionals about the results of sleep disorders research and offering resources they can share with their patients and families.
The NHLBI Online Catalog lists all NHLBI publications and resources for healthcare professionals, including summaries of the latest sleep science and clinical care best practices. It also lists educational materials that help answer patients’ questions about sleep and sleep disorders.
The NHLBI website features health information on sleep-related health topics for patients, caregivers, and the public. To find links to topics such as insomnia, sleep deprivation and deficiency, sleep apnea, narcolepsy, and sleep studies, go to the Sleep Health webpage and click on the Health Topics icon. You can also find there a link to Your Guide to Healthy Sleep, as well as information about participating in a clinical trial.
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