Last week AASM leadership conducted productive meetings with several institutes at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Drs. Timothy Morgenthaler, M. Safwan Badr, Nathaniel F. Watson, Ilene Rosen, and staff met with: National Institute of Mental Health; National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke; National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism; National Institute on Drug Abuse; National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute; National Institute of Aging; National Institute of Child Health & Human Development; and National Institute of Nursing Research.
The purpose of the meetings was to discuss how our organizations could facilitate high-quality, peer-reviewed health services research centered on the provision of optimal care for patients with sleep disorders. Also, in recognition of aligned interests, AASM urged each institute to consider a partnership with us in support of health services research focused on sleep medicine, which would allow us and each institute to make limited funding stretch farther in a manner targeted to a mutually agreed area of critical importance.
The meetings were productive, and the institutes expressed interest in working with us on several projects. We are in the process of following-up with each institute and will keep members posted on any new developments.