Learning about sleep, trauma and the brain

Welcome to the Sleep & Health Applied Research Project ("SHARP")

The SHARP mission:

Our science serves a number of stakeholders, including Veterans and other affected patients, clinicians, the scientific community, and the general public. We work closely with the community to improve quality of life through our cutting edge research.

  • We seek to understand the neuroscience of sleep, and how this can be optimized to improve quality of life in health and disease.
  • Through our research, we hope to discover new therapies for TBI, PTSD, chronic pain, neurodevelopmental disorders and dementia.
  • Our approaches range from:
    • Survey-based questionnaires
    • Reaction time and memory testing
    • Saliva and/or blood collection
    • Monitoring of activity and sleep using wristwatch-based devices, bed mats, light sensors, and/or other unobtrusive sensors in the home
    • MRI scans of the brain
    • Randomized clinical trials testing dietary supplements and other lifestyle based interventions to improve sleep, pain, memory and/or mood.

Join a Study

Now offering remote study participation via mail, phone or videoconference.

"To sleep, perchance to dream..."

Hamlet, William Shakespeare

Portland VA Research Foundation

Sleep Disorders Clinic

Oregon Health & Science University

Departments of Neurology, Medicine, and Behavioral Neuroscience,
Oregon Institute of Occapational Health Services

*The materials posted here do not represent the views of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or the United States Government.

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