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Funding News - Sleep and Sleep Disorders Research Sought

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The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) invites grant applications for research on sleep and sleep disorders. This announcement is made together with 12 other components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).*

An estimated 70 million people in the United States suffer from sleep problems, and more than 50 percent of them have a chronic sleep disorder. Each year, sleep disorders, sleep deprivation, and excessive daytime sleepiness add approximately $16 billion to the cost of health care in the U.S. and result in $50 billion in lost productivity. Despite substantial scientific progress in both clinical and basic science related to sleep and its disorders, there remains the challenge and the need to better understand the functions of sleep, to better understand and treat disorders affecting sleep, and to explain the nature of human physiology during wakefulness and the individual stages of sleep.

Topics of research interest include, but are not limited to: neurobiology and functions of sleep and neurochemistry of sleep/wake generating systems from fetal life across the full age spectrum, including molecular, biochemical, anatomic, and physiologic investigations; exploration of the physiologic basis for the restorative function of sleep in maintenance of health; methods to measure sleep, circadian physiology, and sleepiness across the age spectrum, including methods used in the home; interventions to help children and adults adapt to the sleep disturbance associated with homes, hospitals, critical care settings, and nursing homes; studies of normal human sleep phenotypes and the normal range of variation in children, adults, and the aged (including racial and ethnic disparities), and quantitative assessment of sleep variables such as duration, sleep stage distribution and sleep quality; and studies of sleep problems and disorders in children related to chronic maternal use of alcohol, cigarette smoking, and narcotic drugs.

For more information, potential applicants should contact Dr. Merrill Mitler, Program Director, Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience Cluster, NINDS, Neuroscience Center, 6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 2116, Bethesda, MD 20892; telephone: 301-496-9964; fax: 301-402-2060; e-mail:

*For a full list of supporting NIH components and a more detailed description of this announcement, please visit the NIH web site at: