Grant: $12,084 - National Institutes of Health - Jul. 14, 2009
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Award Description: Disrupted sleep in the elderly: circadian etiology
Project Description: The purpose of this award was to employ an undergraduate student for the summer. Because we received the award part-way through the summer, we have used the funds to employ a student who had worked for our Division in the past, and who had joined the group as a full-time co-op student for the summer/fall 2009 term. She began working on this project on July 19. She has assisted us with the following: 1-data collection: she has participated in hands-on data collection activities in the studies funded by the parent grant, including placing recording electrodes on the scalp and face of the study participants prior to each sleep and wake episode, ensuring that the EEG data collection devices are connected, monitoring the EEG recordings, and download data from the collection devices following each recording, attending the subjects during the constant routine circadian phase assessment procedures, and taking light readings in the study room during the study. 2-data processing and analysis: the student has assisted us in managing and processing the data from the studies completed thus far, including review of neurobehavioral test results from each subject (including subjective sleepiness assessments, mood assessments, cognitive throughput test results, short-term memory test results, vigilance test assessments), identification of tests where equipment malfunction or staff interruption could have affected results, exporting of edited datasets, and preparation of graphics. 3-education and training: because this was a returning student, she had already completed a 3-week Clinical Research Technical Training Program to learn the technical skills used in sleep and chronobiological research, and the CITI human subjects training course. She has taken part in a weekly lecture series where background on research in sleep, aging, and chronobiology is reviewed and scientific articles are discussed, she has attended Sleep Grand Rounds, and is currently auditing the Harvard Colle
Jobs Summary: This Administrative Supplement request is to provide a summer research experience for a college student in the ongoing project 'Disrupted Sleep in the Elderly: Circadian Etiology . In the parent study, we are examining the response to light of the circadian timing system of older individuals, and comparing how light timing, duration, intensity, and spectral distribution influence the circadian system. We are also examining whether light exposure (by changing the timing of circadian rhythms) can improve sleep quality, assessed by EEG recordings, and whether there are changes in subjective alertness during the evening. The aims are: In this supplement, we will accelerate the tempo of scientific research on the parent project. Specifically: • Activity 1: The summer students will assist in analyzing data from our ongoing studies in support of our Specific Aims to accelerate the tempo of scientific research. • Activity 2: The summer students will assist in the development and implementation of a new memory task into our ongoing studies to address Specific Aim 3, thereby allowing us to increase the value of the parent project consistent with its originally approved objectives and purposes. • Activity 3: The summer students will take part in a series of educational activities related to clinical research, sleep disorders and sleep research, circadian biology, aging, and translational research within our Division, Hospital, and University in order to develop their interest in seriously pursuing a research career in health related sciences. (Total jobs reported: 1)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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