Nursing researcher receives $3.75 million grant to study sleep in Alzheimer’s patients

UCLA School of Nursing Assistant Professor Yeonsu Song, PhD, RN, FNP-C, has received a major grant from the National Institutes of Health for her study, A Dyadic Approach to Improve Sleep and Well-Being Among Persons with Alzheimer's Disease and Their Caregivers.

The grant, more than $3.75 million over five years, is part of a multi-site randomized controlled trial to test the effectiveness of a sleep intervention program for those with Alzheimer’s disease and their care partners. The study is being conducted at UCLA, the Veterans Affairs (VA) Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VAGLAHS), and the University of California, San Diego. A unique aspect of the proposed work is that the program is tailored to address sleep problems of both patients and care partners and includes inflammatory biomarkers to evaluate a key mechanism of intervention benefits that can be further explored in future research.