"Sleep in Aging and Dementia"
Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, Director of the Gillin Sleep and Chronobiology Research Center, Co-Director of the Laboratory for Sleep and Chronobiology at the UCSD GCRC, and Director of Education at the UCSD Sleep Medicine Center
Dr. Ancoli-Israel's current interests include the longitudinal effect of sleep disorders on aging, the effect of circadian rhythms on sleep, therapeutic interventions for sleep problems in dementia, and fatigue, particularly the relationship between sleep, fatigue and circadian rhythms in cancer and other chronic illnesses. She is the Principal Investigator on two NIH funded projects. The first, funded by the National Institute on Aging, examines the effect of treating sleep apnea on non-motor symptoms (such as cognitive functioning, daytime sleepiness, and quality of life) in patients with Parkinson's disease. The second grant, funded by National Cancer Institute, examines whether chemobrain (cognitive decrements seen during chemotherapy) may be influenced by fatigue, poor sleep and disrupted circadian rhythms with in women with breast cancer.