Bedtime: A Boon For The Aging Brain?

Could teaching individuals with mild cognitive decline how to sleep better actually stave off their descent into dementia?

That’s Meghan Mattos’ focus. And with support from a $300,000 Translational Health Research Institute grant, Mattos – an assistant professor of nursing at the University of Virginia who’s studied rural-dwelling adults with mild cognitive impairment – will determine the feasibility of an online sleep education program developed by UVA psychology professor Lee Ritterband in older adults with this early form of dementia.

The hypothesis, Mattos explained, is not only that the six-week program may offer non-pharmacological insomnia relief to patients with mild cognitive impairment, but that purposefully improving their sleep patterns through an accessible online program may slow their otherwise likely decline towards dementia.

“We don’t know if bad sleep is causing dementia, or dementia is causing bad sleep,” Mattos said, “but we do know that there’s a relationship between them, and we hope to find out what is causing what” – and what difference a program like Ritterband’s SHUTi OASIS (Sleep Healthy Using the Internet for Older Adult Sufferers of Insomnia and Sleeplessness) might make.

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Software Project Manager

The Center for Behavioral Health and Technology is a center in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, School of Medicine. CBHT develops and tests novel eHealth and mHealth self-management interventions for patients with medical and psychiatric illnesses. This newly created position will join the existing team and build on years of success in internet interventions while having direct influence on software architecture and development methods. CBHT is seeking a Software Project Manager to lead efforts in initial project planning, lead software project development, oversee policy and workflow development and support the team with backlog grooming and day-to-day management of project progress. The qualified candidate will have a Bachelor’s Degree and 4-7 years of experience with complex IT-related projects as a project manager or technical lead. Any experience in the clinical research industry is preferred. Candidates must have a Project Management Certification and a general understanding of Scrum and/or Agile principles. Those with Scrum and/or Agile certifications will be preferred candidates.

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Senior Software Engineer (Mobile)

The Center for Behavioral Health and Technology within the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, UVA School of Medicine, is seeking a creative Senior Software Engineer to lead efforts in developing and maintaining mobile- and web-based applications for a growing number of medical and behavioral health conditions. The center has developed and tested clinical internet interventions for more than a decade and is expanding in the number and scope of its programs in helping people with medical and behavioral health conditions. This newly created position will join the existing team on-site and build on years of success in technology-based interventions while having direct influence on software architecture and development methods. Further, this position will function as a software developer with a particular emphasis on mobile programs with responsibilities overseeing planning, design, programming, and implementation. We are seeking an experienced software engineer to help build the next generation of technology delivered interventions.

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This Great New Community Survey – Apply

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Virginia Department of Health and the University of Virginia are collaborating on a survey that explores the health, wellness, and experience of transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) Virginians.

Our goal is to use the results to enhance and expand education, prevention, and treatment services for TGNC people living in Virginia.

This study uses a peer-referral recruitment method. You may receive an invitation to participate and will receive coupons to invite others to participate. This method allows us reach individuals who may otherwise not be reached in the study. See below for a picture of a survey invite:

See below for a picture of a survey invite.

TGNC coupon example

 

Did you receive a survey invite? Click below to securely provide your contact information and invite number. A study team member will contact you to schedule a time to complete the study.

Click Here to Provide Contact Information

If you have any questions about the study please contact below:

TGNCsurvey@virginia.edu

 1-855-488-2248

IRB SBS # 2018023800

Principal Investigator:  Dr. Karen Ingersoll, Faculty member, Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia

                                          

This Great New Community Survey

The Virginia Department of Health and the University of Virginia are collaborating on a survey that explores the health, wellness, and experience of transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) Virginians.

Our goal is to use the results to enhance and expand services for TGNC people living in Virginia.

This study uses a peer-referral recruitment method. You may receive an invitation to participate and will receive coupons to invite others to participate. This method allows us reach individuals who may otherwise not be reached in the study. Be on the lookout for a survey invitation that looks like this!

Did you receive a survey invite? Click below to securely provide your contact information and invite number. A study team member will contact you to schedule a time to complete the study.

Click Here to Provide Contact Information

If you have any questions about the study please contact below:

TGNCsurvey@virginia.edu

1-855-488-2248

IRB SBS #2018023800

Principal Investigator: Dr. Karen Ingersoll, Faculty member, Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia

            

 

NOW RECRUITING! SHUTi OASIS: Sleep Healthy Using the Internet for Older Adult Sufferers of Insomnia and Sleeplessness

Sleep Healthy Using the Internet for Older Adult Sufferers of Insomnia and Sleeplessness

Adults with insomnia ages 55 or older are needed for a National Institute on Aging research trial being conducted through the University of Virginia School of Medicine.  The online, confidential research study is testing whether an intervention delivered via the Internet is an effective way to improve sleep in adults with insomnia. The intervention (website) is easy to use, and technical support is provided throughout the study.

This University of Virginia research trial is funded by the National Institute on Aging. Participants will use the Internet program for about 9 weeks, and complete online assessments (questionnaires and sleep diaries) four different times during a 12 month period.  Participants receive free access to the Internet program and up to $200 in gift certificates for completion of study assessments.  To learn more, go to http://www.SHUTiOASIS.org or call toll free 1-855-GO-SHUTi (1-855-467-4884).

IRB-SBS #2017-0089-00 NCT #03213132

UVA School of Medicine 2017 Endowed Chair Electees

At UVA School of Medicine, endowed professorships are reserved for the most distinguished of our faculty. Please join us in congratulating the below faculty for their election in 2017 to an endowed chair!

Stewart F. Babbott, MD, Ward K. Ensminger Professor of Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, and Palliative Care, Department of Medicine

Karen K. Ballen, MD, Cancer Center Distinguished Professor, Department of Medicine

Ananda Basu, MD, Harrison Distinguished Teaching Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine

Amy H. Bouton, PhD, Harrison Distinguished Teaching Professor of Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology,

Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology

Raymond A. Costabile, MD, Hovey S. Dabney Eminent Scholar Professor of Urology (former occupant of the Jay Y. Gilllenwater Professorship in Urology), Department of Urology

Camilo E. Fadul, MD, Jean and Ronald Butcher, MD, Eminent Scholar Professor of Neurology, Department of Neurology

John D. Ferguson, MD, Julian Ruffin Beckwith Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine

Tracey L. Krupski, MD, Jay Y. Gillenwater Associate Professor of Urology, Department of Urology

Coleen A. McNamara, MD, Frances Myers Ball Professor of Medicine (former occupant of the Edward W. and Betty Knight Scripps Professorship in Medicine), Department of Medicine

Susan M. Pollart, MD, Walter M. Seward Professor of Family Medicine (former occupant of the Ruth E. Murdaugh Professorship in Family Practice),
Department of Family Medicine

Lee M. Ritterband, PhD, Jean and Ronald Butcher, MD, Eminent Scholar Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences,
Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences

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BU researcher studying ways to reduce health disparities for black women dealing with insomnia (EurekAlert!)

(Boston) — Black women are among those most likely to have insomnia, according to Lynn Rosenberg, ScD, associate director of Boston University’s Slone Epidemiology Center and a principal investigator of the Black Women’s Health Study (BWHS). Rosenberg has been awarded a three year $2,225,495 grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study this. The study will be using a self-administered internet program called SHUTi (Sleep Healthy Using the Internet), a web-tool based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

CBT is the most effective treatment for insomnia because it treats the underlying causes of the disorder, unlike medications that only treat the symptoms. Unfortunately, there are few healthcare providers in the United States that are trained to provide CBT. There also are other barriers for black women, such as not having adequate access to health care.

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UCanPoopToo: An Internet Intervention for Pediatric Encopresis

U-Can-Poop-Too is an Internet Intervention developed to help children with encopresis. The program is based on Enhanced Toilet Training, and emphasizes both the medical and behavioral aspects of treatment. Children are able to participate in the program with a parent.

BGATHome: Blood Glucose Awareness Training

BGATHome is designed to help people improve their ability to recognize, anticipate, and prevent extreme fluctuations in blood glucose (BG) levels. The training program is based on the self-regulation theory of diabetes treatment, which emphasizes the need to provide people with the accurate information and “feedback” they need to do the complex task of managing their diabetes.