March 6, 2007

Three recipients have been honored with the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) Pickwick Postdoctoral Sleep Fellowships, an award that enables young researchers to devote full-time professional effort to mentored research in sleep or sleep disorders.

One of the recipients, Susie Yim, MD, will investigate the relationship between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and cardiovascular disease in a project titled, “Independent Contribution of Obstructive Sleep Apnea on Vascular Reactivity.” The fellowship was made available through grant support from the Respironics Sleep and Respiratory Research Foundation.

In a research project titled “Synaptic Potentiation and Sleep,” fellowship recipient Erin Hanlon, PhD, will test if deeper sleep results in variations that occur in the waking state. Hanlon’s fellowship is based on grant support from Merck and Co and Lundbeck USA. 

Another Pickwick Postdoctoral Sleep Fellowship was awarded to David Wood, PhD, who, according to the NSF, “will examine investigate characteristics of REM sleep in mice with genetically inactivated neurons in a region of the brain known to be involved in REM sleep regulation, the sublaterodorsal nucleus (SLD).” Wood’s project is titled “Gene Regulation of REM Sleep.”

More information about the National Sleep Foundation Pickwick Postdoctoral Sleep Fellowships is available at the NSF Web site.