We have recently received an NIH grant to use a rocking bed to test the hypothesis that chronic fatigue syndrome is a different illness from chronic fatigue syndrome with co-existing fibromyalgia. The application for funding was based on two observations: First that the sleep architecture, based on a count of sequential transitions among sleep stages, was different for the two illness processes. Those with CFS alone had increased transitions from REM to Wake while those with CFS+FM had problems falling asleep and staying asleep. The second observation was that using a rocking bed would ameliorate the latter problem -- but not the former one. We have created a rocking bed for this project and will use it to see if differences exist between the two illnesses -- or not.
The fellow will take primary responsibility for collecting sleep data during naps on a rocking bed and participate in the advanced analysis of the EEG during the intervention. These will be used to infer physiological mechanisms of restorative sleep and inform the development of targeted therapeutic interventions to treat sleep disorders in CFS.
Candidates with a background in sleep physiology are especially encouraged to apply. Preferably, the candidate should have a strong quantitative background and signal processing expertise appropriate for analysis of EEG signals. The candidate should have a strong record of presenting research results through publications and presentations.
The candidate should have a strong record of presenting research results through publications and presentations.
Our funding is for two years and the time will be spent half with Dr Natelson and his team and half with Dr David Rapoport who heads Mount Sinai's Sleep Research program.
The Sleep Research Program at Mt. Sinai currently employs 4 post doctoral fellows and has an active program of training in human and animal sleep research with 4 active senior researchers and strong ties to the clinical program in Sleep Medicine. Biostatistical and signal processing training as well as experience in clinical research will be the main focus of the postdoctoral training period.
For more information please email [email protected] with your CV.