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NIH GUIDE, Volume 23, Number 42, December 2, 1994

P.T. 34


  Sleep Disorders 

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

The purpose of this notice is to inform the scientific community and

public of the establishment and goals of the National Center on Sleep

Disorders Research.

Sleep disorders and disturbances of sleep constitute a major public

health problem.  The National Commission on Sleep Disorders Research

estimated that as many as 40 million Americans may suffer from

chronic or intermittent disorders of sleep and sleep deprivation.

The consequences of which include reduced productivity, lowered

cognitive performance, excessive daytime sleepiness, increased

likelihood of accidents, higher risk of morbidity and mortality, and

decreased quality of life.

As part of the 1993 National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Revitalization Act (Public Law 103-43), the National Heart, Lung, and

Blood Institute (NHLBI) was authorized to establish the National

Center on Sleep Disorders Research (NCSDR).  The mission of the NCSDR

is to support research, scientist training, the dissemination of

health information, and other activities with respect to sleep

disorders and sleep related research.  It is also responsible for

coordination of activities in sleep research with all NIH components,

other Federal agencies, public entities, and nonprofit organizations.

The Center will serve four key functions:  coordination, support of

crosscutting basic and clinical research, training of scientists,

technology transfer to health professionals, policymakers, patients,

and the public.

To accomplish these goals, the Center has an Advisory Board to

advise, assist, consult and make recommendations to the Director,

NHLBI, and Director, NIH, on scientific activities, research

directions, priorities, and policy matters to be carried out by and

through the Center.  The Advisory Board consists of 12 appropriately

qualified representatives and 10 ex officio members.

The NCSDR serves as a focal point for the Federal Government's

efforts on sleep and sleep disorders research, but will not become

the single funding organization for all sleep research, or supplant

ongoing sleep research programs at the NIH.  Rather, it will work

closely with other Institutes and Government Agencies to facilitate,

support and foster a wide range of activities in sleep and sleep

disorders.  NIH referral guidelines will be used to assign grant

applications to the most appropriate NIH Institute based on the

scientific focus of the application.

Through this coordinated effort, the NCSDR hopes to improve

communication among scientists, policymakers, and health care

professionals, accelerate the speed of scientific discovery and

disseminate findings to health professionals, patients, and the



Written and telephone inquiries are encouraged and may be directed


National Center on Sleep Disorders Research

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

31 Center Drive, Room 4A11  MSC 2490

Bethesda, MD  20892-2490

Telephone:  (301) 496-7443

FAX:  (301) 402-8307


This project is described in the Catalog of Federal Domestic

Assistance No. 93.837.  Awards are made under authorization of the

Public Health Service Act, Title IV, Part A (Public Law 78-410, as

amended by Public Law 99-158, 42 USC 241 and 285) and administered

under PHS grants policies and Federal Regulations 42 CFR 52 and 45

CFR 74.  This program is not subject to the intergovernmental review

requirements of Executive Order 12372 or Health Systems Agency



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