The Program in Sleep and Cardiovascular Medicine and Sleep Medicine Epidemiology (PSCM-SME) is a growing integrated research and clinical program that aims to improve the care of patients with sleep disorders through epidemiological research conducted locally and nationally, and through clinical trials and comparative effectiveness research conducted in innovative clinical settings, such as newly created “medical neighborhoods”. Major groups of interest are: a) individuals with combined sleep and cardiovascular disease; b) children in whom early life influences likely shape later health outcomes.
Major goals are to:
- Improve the recognition and treatment of sleep disorders among vulnerable or disadvantaged populations
- Identify risk factors for sleep disorders that could serve as future intervention targets or which would inform personalized medicine approaches
- Reduce the morbidity of sleep disorders – cardiometabolic, behavioral, and neuropsychological – through research aimed at identifying optimal treatment strategies for given patients, using “personalized” medicine approaches that incorporate information on risk profiles
- Improve the efficiency and quality of care of sleep disorders through integrated and novel chronic disease prevention and management strategies informed by strong evidence
- Enhance training and support collaborative work in sleep research through developing systems for sharing data and by creating large resources of accessible data for access by the scientific community