The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) has announced the recipients of its 2005 Pickwick Postdoctoral Fellowships in Sleep. They are: Frank A.J.L. Scheer, PhD, with Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston; Ulf Holmbäck, PhD, with the University of Chicago; and Michal Hoffmann, MD, PhD, with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Dr. Scheer's research project, "Restoration of Sleep Quality in Hypertensive Patients," will determine whether or not supplementing nighttime melatonin in hypertensive patients treated with beta-blockers will improve their sleep quality. The Pickwick Fellowship will allow Dr. Holmbäck the opportunity to complete his study, "Sleep Loss and Circadian Misalignment - Effects on Health." Dr. Hoffmann also will be working on circadian issues and health with his topic "Mechanisms Predisposing to Circadian Increase in Morning Cardiovascular Risk."
The Pickwick Fellowships fund scientists who conduct basic, applied and clinical research on sleep and sleep disorders. Beginning this year, fellows will receive funding based on the National Institutes of Health and National Research Service Award stipend schedule with the level of support based on years of postdoctoral experience. Stipends range from $35,568 to $45,048, plus a benefits allowance.