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IPSA Impact on Pediatric Research Award Grant

The International Pediatric Sleep Association is pleased to announce the IPSA Impact on Pediatric Sleep Award, a new grant program designed to foster clinical research focused on unique and and/or novel aspects of sleep in infants, children and adolescents, and to encourage the development of community sleep education programs targeting the pediatric population. This competitive award provides $10,000 (USD) in funding for a one-year project.

Eligible individuals include young/new investigators/educators with potential to develop an academic career as well as more experienced investigators/educators, especially in areas of the world where pediatric sleep medicine is currently being developed or expanded.

Preference is given to applications that are likely to have a significant impact on the field of pediatric sleep medicine

Award Recipients 


 “The Association Between Insomnia and Positive Airway Pressure Adherence in Children”

Project summary:
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is prevalent in children and adolescents and untreated OSA impacts key indicators of physical and psychosocial health. Positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy is highly effective for the treatment of OSA and is associated with favorable clinical outcomes but is limited by poor adherence. Emerging literature in adult populations suggests that intolerance to PAP therapy may be related to coexisting insomnia. However, little is known about the prevalence of insomnia in children with known OSA as well as its impact on PAP adherence. This research proposal will explore the association of coexisting insomnia on PAP adherence in children with OSA using a cross-sectional study design. Elucidating the impact of coexisting insomnia on PAP adherence may inform future targeted management strategies to improve PAP adherence and lead to improved outcomes in children with OSA.

Lena Xiao, MD, FRCPC
Sleep Medicine Fellow, Division of Respiratory Medicine
Long-Term Ventilation Fellow, Division of Respiratory Medicine
Master of Science Candidate, University of Toronto
The Hospital for Sick Children
Toronto, Canada

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