New center established to study sleeplessness, how it affects health

Research by schools of Nursing, Medicine funded by $1.9M NIH grant

More than one-quarter of the adult population of the U.S. suffers from sleep disturbances, which can contribute to chronic pain and fatigue, as well as more serious illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and depression.

Researchers from the schools of Nursing and Medicine at Johns Hopkins will collaborate on work aimed at unlocking the underlying causes of sleeplessness and gaining insight into effects of sleep deprivation as part of the new Johns Hopkins Center for Sleep-Related Symptom Science. The center, which will be led by professors Gayle Page of the School of Nursing and Michael Smith of the School of Medicine, is funded by a $1.9 million NIH grant.

"This is truly an exciting opportunity for multi-level interdisciplinary collaboration between the schools of Nursing and Medicine, which will stimulate new findings about how sleep influences disease processes," Smith said.

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