Entry for:Helen Bearpark Scholarship
1. Please provide a brief description of the project for which the funds will be used.
Sleep is a vital aspect of our lives, and the neurobiology of sleep and the nature of the complex changes in brain activity that occur during sleep, as well as the interactions between sleep and health/disease are emerging research areas. Indeed, sleep-related problems have a major economic and societal impact, yet we still lack a full understanding of sleep and what causes sleep disorders. Notably, a major bottleneck in sleep research is the slow analysis of sleep data recordings, known as ‘polysomnographs’ (PSGs). Despite powerful computing and artificial intelligence, many sleep technicians analyse PSG data manually, or use software that generates simple outputs, and further manual re-analysis is required to provide additional insights. These processes drain resources and slows sleep science.
Sleep researchers and clinicians urgently need a software that provides fast, accurate ‘sleep-scoring’ and analysis with integrated reporting. This project will allow a young investigator who developed such an innovative software solution to travel to a major university in Boston, USA and work with world-renowned sleep scientists to conduct experiments to further validate the suitability of this new platform to analyse PSGs from diverse experimental subjects. Importantly, this project could fast-track its adoption in the research and diagnostic fields.