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Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2015 Oct;153(4):671-8. doi: 10.1177/0194599815589584. Epub 2015 Jun 17.

National Institutes of Health Funding for Obstructive Sleep Apnea: An Opportunity for Otolaryngologists.

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1
Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, USA Christopher.gouveia@northwestern.edu.
2
Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
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Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, USA Center for Healthcare Studies, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To describe current levels and trends of funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and to recognize the current status of otolaryngologists in OSA research.

STUDY DESIGN:

Scientometric analysis.

METHODS:

The NIH RePORTER database was queried for the search term "obstructive sleep apnea" for all available years. Sex, degree, academic department, NIH funding source, geography, funding totals and years, and h-index of principal investigators (PIs) were collected and summarized.

RESULTS:

A total of 397 projects spanning 1242 total funding years were funded. Of the 273 individual PIs, 33.3% (91/273) were female. Regarding credentials, 52.4% of PIs (143/273) were MD or MD/PhD, and 41.0% (112/273) were PhD alone. Academic departments of PIs were most often medicine (34.1%), pediatrics (12.1%), cell biology/physiology (10.6%), and psychiatry (7.7%). Seven otolaryngology faculty members had received NIH funding for OSA research (2.6% of total PIs) since 2000. They accounted for 8 grants (0.25% of total grants) and $7,235,729 (1.5% of total dollars) of research funding.

CONCLUSION:

Despite studies showing increasing levels of OSA surgery being performed and major areas of research and clinical opportunity, otolaryngologists represent a small minority of OSA research funding. This information may help direct our specialty when setting priorities regarding research funding, as research into the basic science and clinical management of OSA represents a broad and interdisciplinary pursuit.

KEYWORDS:

National Institutes of Health; OSA; funding; obstructive sleep apnea; otolaryngology

PMID:
26084829
DOI:
10.1177/0194599815589584
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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