Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) is an international leader in virtually every area of medicine and has been the site of pioneering breakthroughs that have improved lives around the world. A major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, BWH has a legacy of excellence that continues to grow year after year. The Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders was formed in 2013 by the Departments of Medicine and Neurology to unify the delivery of clinical care, increase educational opportunities, and promote interdisciplinary research in the fields of sleep and circadian biology. Its mission is to forge a path of discovery in sleep medicine while providing the highest standard of clinical care for patients with sleep disorders and training the next generation of leaders in sleep and circadian biology.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital Sleep Medicine Epidemiology Program (SMEP) is an integrated research and clinical program that aims to improve the care of patients with sleep disorders through clinical trials and comparative effectiveness research. SMEP also is a leader in data management for sleep disorders research. It has served as the data coordinating center for comparative effectiveness studies and clinical trials that evaluate sleep apnea interventions. SMEP also has pioneered a novel informatics platform to support sleep research through initiatives supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The Sleep Research Network (SRN) promotes sustainable, multi-institutional collaborations in clinical and translational research that address significant public health questions related to sleep medicine and circadian biology. SRN also supports the training of the next generation of sleep medicine investigators and is currently comprised of researchers representing 40 institutions that participate in the Clinical and Translational Science Award program across the nation.
The Shared Health Research Information Network (SHRINE) helps researchers overcome one of the greatest problems in population-based research: compiling large groups of well-characterized patients. Eligible investigators may use the SHRINE web-based query tool to determine the aggregate total number of patients at participating hospitals who meet a given set of inclusion and exclusion criteria (currently demographics, diagnoses, medications, and selected laboratory values).
Informatics for Integrating Biology and the Bedside (i2b2) is a National Institute of Health-funded National Center for Biomedical Computing based at Partners HealthCare System in Boston. Established in 2004, the i2b2 Center is led by Director Isaac Kohane, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School at Children's Hospital Boston. The center is developing a computational framework to disseminate tools, methodologies, biomedical data sets, and educational materials widely within the biomedical and computational research communities to improve public health.
The National Sleep Foundation is dedicated to improving health and well-being through sleep education and advocacy. It is well known for its annual Sleep in America® Poll. The Foundation is a charitable, educational and scientific not-for-profit organization located in Washington, D.C. Its membership includes researchers and clinicians focused on sleep medicine, health professionals, patients, families affected by drowsy driving and more than 900 healthcare facilities
The Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Washington is one of the strongest and largest in the country. The Division is deeply committed to improving health through advances in patient care, research and teaching. The Division has a robust program in sleep medicine focusing on these goals.
The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR®), is a national non-profit based in Washington D.C. that is widely recognized as the thought-leader in promoting research on biological differences in disease. SWHR is dedicated to transforming women’s health through science, advocacy, and education. Founded in 1990 by a group of physicians, medical researchers and health advocates, SWHR aims to bring attention to the variety of diseases and conditions that disproportionately or predominately affect women.
The Sleep Disorders Clinic at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) is a collaboration between the Department of Neurology and the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. The BIDMC Sleep Disorders Clinic is one of the premier sleep disorders clinics in the United States and was the first in Massachusetts accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Today it remains one of the busiest sleep clinics in New England with an excess of 8,000 patient visits per year. Research programs at the BIDMC Sleep Disorders Clinic include the use of new monitoring techniques and drugs to treat sleep disorders, respiratory control disorders of sleep, hypersomnias, epidemiological investigation through collaboration with established cohorts, interaction of human circadian rhythms with neuroimmune function, as well as basic research in the mechanisms of sleep and arousal.
Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) specializes in family-centered care and research and is committed to supporting families’ physical and psychosocial needs. The Sleep Center at Boston Children’s was established in 1978 as the first comprehensive Pediatric Sleep Center in the country. Today the Center brings together physicians and researchers from Neurology, Respiratory Diseases and Developmental Medicine; nurses and nurse practitioners; and technologists. Much of the current knowledge of children’s natural sleep patterns—and the problems children can experience—was discovered at BCH. In addition, BCH experts developed many of the clinical approaches that are now used generally to diagnose and manage pediatric sleep disorders such as sleep apnea.
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