News and Updates
July 2022 update:
Freda Patterson was recently selected to join the scientific review committee for the Sleep Research Society. The Sleep Research Society is an organization dedicated to promoting the science of sleep and related disorders, and the training of sleep researchers. The scientific review committee is charged with overseeing the Society’s grant funding programs.
Freda Patterson was recently selected to join a national American Academy of Sleep Medicine workgroup as part of a new, Centers for Disease Control funded, awareness program for obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Patterson will serve on the Surveillance and Tool Development working group that is charged with developing and disseminating an indicator report for OSA, developing best practices around the screening and diagnosis of OSA, and the development and testing of new tools to surveil OSA and its risk factors. Read more here: https://aasm.org/cdc-awards-grant-american-academy-of-sleep-medicine-osa/
Lauren Covington recently received funding from Rockefeller University Heilbrunn Family Center for Research Nursing and Delaware CTR ACCEL Programto elucidate the dynamic, day-to-day associations between caregiver stress management (coping skills + emotional response to daily stressors) and caregiver-toddler sleep health in real-life settings. Under the primary mentorship of Dr. Freddie Patterson, and in collaboration with a community advisory board, measurement of pertinent socio-ecological stressors through ecological momentary assessment (EMA) and multi-dimensional sleep health assessed via actigraphy over 14-days, will guide family sleep health intervention development following the proposed study.
Elissa Hoopes will be presenting at the Virtual Seminar Series, hosted by the Sleep Research Society, on August 30th, 2022. Her talk, entitled “Sleep & Cardiovascular Health in Young Adulthood,” is focused on the research conducted during her dissertation, where she evaluated sleep regularity and its relationship with biomarkers of cardiometabolic health in emerging adult college students. This seminar is available for viewing to all Sleep Research Society members. Click here for more information!
February 2022 update:
Dr. Hoopes recently received a Small Research Grant from the Sleep Research Society Foundation to support training in the assessment of dim light melatonin onset in humans, under the mentorship of Dr. Patterson and and Dr. Namni Goel of the Rush University Medical Center. The team also intends to incorporate this measure in their current study to better understand circadian rhythms and their association with heart disease risk. Click here for a recent UDaily article with more information.
June 2021 update:
Dr. Patterson serving as Guest Editor for Nutrients Special Issue
Dr. Patterson (along with Dr. Hollie Raynor, University of Tennessee – Knoxville) is serving as a Guest Editor for a Special Issue in Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643; IF 4.546), entitled “Interactive and bidirectional Associations between Sleep Health and Diet on Cardiometabolic Health.” The goal of this Special Issue is to share new information about the complex interplay between sleep health and diet on cardiometabolic health status at any point in the lifespan, and to expand this important field of inquiry. Original research articles and reviews are welcomed. The final deadline for submissions is December 26, 2021. For more information, please visit this website.
April 2021 update:
Dr. Hoopes presents virtually at the 2021 Society of Behavioral Medicine Annual Meeting
Dr. Hoopes recently presented data from the ongoing Temple Lung Health Cohort Study, on the relationship between rest-activity rhythms and functional exercise capacity in Black/African Americans who are current smokers. See the video of her presentation below, and the published abstract here.
In the News
- Studying Sedentary Behavior by Amy Cherry, posted on the UDaily, November 30, 2022
- Nursing professor named Rockefeller Fellow by Amy Cherry, posted on the University of Delaware College of Health Sciences, October 17, 2022
- Better sleep health may help people quit smoking by Sree Roy, posted on Sleep Review Magazine, December 2, 2020
- Sleep Regularly by Beth Miller, posted on UDaily, December 1, 2020
- Finding sleep’s sweet spot
- Sorry night owls, morning people are just healthier by Melaina Juntti, posted on Men’s Journal
- How New York should lock the clock: Don’t switch to daylight savings time, ditch it and stick with standard time by Susan Kohl Malone, Freda Patterson, and Anne Skeldon, posted on New York Daily News, March 4, 2020
- The one sleep habit that most helps your health posted on Bottom Line Inc., June 14, 2016
- Why poor sleep is bad for your heart & nutrition by Arvin Matthew, posted on Parent Herald, May 3, 2016
- Here’s how your bedtime affects your health by Grace Elkus, posted on Real Simple, April 25, 2016
- People who sleep and wake up early have healthier hearts posted on HuffPost, April 22, 2016