The KUMS Sleep Disorders Center faculty is a multidisciplinary group actively involved in basic and clinical research aimed at determining the conditions that result in sleep disturbances and identifying successful treatments to overcome and prevent sleep disturbances in children and adults. The center also serves as a medical referral facility for the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders, and provides education for both professionals and the community designed to increase awareness of sleep-related conditions.
Human genetics as a newly emerged concept plays a crucial role in personalized medicine. The Sleep Center fosters well designed and focused studies aiming at identifying new markers for sleep disorders or demonstrating the importance of specific markers in relation to various therapeutic interventions.
At SDRC, we also believe that the viability of the sleep disorder field in the long run will rest on developing diagnostic procedures and therapies. These may include devices, imaging or biological markers that will assist patient classification or can be used as predictors to improve outcome after therapy.
The result of all of these projects will be improved clinical practice, first at SDRC, then across the nation.
Perform clinical research that offers the highest potential to improve the lives of volunteering participants and sleep disorder patients more broadly.
Maintain adherence with all appropriate ethical considerations, privacy protections, documentation requirements, informed consent processes, relevant codes, and institutional review board guidelines that pertain to clinical research.
Facilitate human and basic science research most likely to benefit patients with sleep disorders.
This field touches not only many traditional medical disciplines and specialties, but also hybrid areas such as bioengineering, genetics, and biochemistry. Therefore, integrating research and treatment requires reaching across traditional academic boundaries to take an interdisciplinary approach.
SDRC will provide seed grants for pilot studies, help affiliated faculty to prepare outside grant applications, and provide the structure for much needed cross-fertilization across the university. Crucially, the division will design and implement the systems that link researchers all along the cycle from basic science through clinical care.
In addition, the SDRC will coordinate sleep education for KUMS undergraduates, medical students, other graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows. The center will also expand KUMS’s outreach efforts to primary care physicians and their patients, which is an essential ingredient in the national effort on sleep medicine the university is helping to lead.