Yale Schools of Nursing and Medicine Awarded NIH-NINR Research Center Grant

Nancy Redeker
October 22, 2012

New Haven, Conn. – Yale University School of Nursing (YSN) Professor and Associate Dean of Scholarly Affairs, Nancy Redeker, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, and Associate Professor at the Yale School of Medicine and Director of the Yale Sleep Medicine Program, Henry Yaggi, MD, MPH, have been awarded a P20 Research Center grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), a component of the National Institutes of Health.

The “Yale Center for Sleep Disturbance in Acute and Chronic Conditions” aims to improve the knowledge of sleep disturbance across the trajectory of acute and chronic conditions and to improve symptoms, function, quality of life, morbidity, and mortality of those affected.

The goals of the Center are to expand the number and quality of research studies designed to improve the understanding of bio-behavioral relationships between sleep disturbance and acute and chronic conditions; to develop expertise among the Center’s principal investigators in regards to measurement, statistical methods, and testing of interventions for the management of sleep disturbance in acute and chronic conditions; to build and sustain partnerships within Yale and with external partners; and to expand the research infrastructure at Yale in support of sleep disturbance research.

“Sleep disturbance is a risk factor for many chronic conditions and also contributes to poor quality of life and morbidity and mortality in individuals who have common acute and chronic conditions,” commented Dr. Redeker. “Our center will provide the opportunity to build infrastructure and collaborations among investigators from a variety of disciplines. We will conduct four pilot studies over five years that will focus on understanding the biological and behavioral factors that contribute to poor sleep in people who have or are at risk for acute or chronic conditions and the development of interventions to improve sleep. We are also planning seminars and conferences to promote research in this area.”

The Center will build on the strengths of the faculty at Yale School of Nursing, Yale School of Medicine, and the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (Yale’s Clinical and Translational Science Center - CTSA) in sleep disturbance research, management of acute and chronic conditions, self- and family management interventions for chronic conditions, and rigorous research methods.

“Collaboration between researchers with different scientific backgrounds that complement one another is a major emphasis of the Center and will foster innovation and creative thinking to address the need for development of interventions to promote sleep.” Dr. Yaggi added. “One of our goals is to mobilize the scientific and intellectual resources across Yale University. This grant provides the infrastructure to build research teams at Yale to address the problem of sleep disturbance in acute and chronic conditions.”

Meir Kryger, MD, Professor in the Yale School of Medicine and an internationally known expert in sleep and YSN Associate Professor Robin Whittemore, PhD, RN, FAAN, an expert in behavioral and lifestyle interventions, will lead a group of faculty from both schools who will share their expertise in guiding the development of emerging studies that will lead to better understanding of sleep and improved treatments.

NINR is one of 27 Institutes that comprise the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and funds studies that address health promotion and disease prevention, quality of life, health disparities, or end-of-life research. NINR P20 Exploratory Research Centers focus on building research expertise and teams for the future.  The awards support shared resources and exploratory research projects.  The Centers are expected to lead to increased capability to conduct research in a specific area of study; an increased number of investigators involved in interdisciplinary research of importance to NINR; and larger scale research projects.

Yale School of Medicine is a pre-eminent academic medical center that supports the highest-quality education, research, and patient care.

Yale University School of Nursing enjoys a national and international reputation for excellence in teaching, research and clinical practice. One of Yale University’s professional schools, YSN is a leading school of nursing in the United States, with a diverse community of scholars and clinicians with a common goal: better health for all people. More information on YSN may be found at www.nursing.yale.edu.