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Impact on Pediatric Sleep Award (IPSA)

The International Pediatric Sleep Association is pleased to announce the Impact on Pediatric Sleep Award, the 2024 grant program designed to foster clinical research focused on unique and/or novel aspects of sleep in infants, children and adolescents, and to encourage the development of community sleep education programs targeting the pediatric population. This competitive award provides $10,000 (USD) in funding for a one-year project.

Eligible individuals include young/new investigators/educators with potential to develop an academic career as well as more experienced investigators/educators, especially in areas of the world where pediatric sleep medicine is currently being developed or expanded.

Preference is given to applications that are likely to have a significant impact on the field of pediatric sleep medicine. Applicants should have training and experience in sleep research, a clinical sleep discipline or sleep health education. The applicants should have a demonstrated educational background in pediatrics, psychology, nursing, social work, public health/policy or education at the undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate level.

Applicants should submit the following to the IPSA Secretariat, details below, for consideration by the IPSA Executive Committee and then full IPSA Board of Directors:

1. Brief CV of applicant including contact details, publications and presentations, IPSA membership number and year of initial membership.

2. Brief description (maximum 1000 words, excluding references) of the project for which the funds will be used including: background; aims, and hypotheses and research plan (if applicable) or expected outcomes of an educational program.

3. Brief budget with justification including description of how the funds will be used. Funds for this grant should go directly to support the recipient’s research and be exempt from any institutional levy or indirect charges.

Applications will be judged according to the following criteria:

1. Potential impact and significance of proposed project

2. Scientific merit (if applicable)

3. Potential for principal investigator/applicant to obtain future funding based on project results.

Only full applications with all requested materials submitted by the closing date of March 15, 2024 will be considered. Applications are to be submitted by the closing date to Angie Granum at

Award Recipients 


 “The Association Between Insomnia and Positive Airway Pressure Adherence in Children”

Project summary:
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is prevalent in children and adolescents and untreated OSA impacts key indicators of physical and psychosocial health. Positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy is highly effective for the treatment of OSA and is associated with favorable clinical outcomes but is limited by poor adherence. Emerging literature in adult populations suggests that intolerance to PAP therapy may be related to coexisting insomnia. However, little is known about the prevalence of insomnia in children with known OSA as well as its impact on PAP adherence. This research proposal will explore the association of coexisting insomnia on PAP adherence in children with OSA using a cross-sectional study design. Elucidating the impact of coexisting insomnia on PAP adherence may inform future targeted management strategies to improve PAP adherence and lead to improved outcomes in children with OSA.

Lena Xiao, MD, FRCPC
Sleep Medicine Fellow, Division of Respiratory Medicine
Long-Term Ventilation Fellow, Division of Respiratory Medicine
Master of Science Candidate, University of Toronto
The Hospital for Sick Children
Toronto, Canada

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