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New Sleep and Electrophysiology Lab to be Constructed at Trent University with CFI Grant

Sleep specialist Dr. Carlyle Smith receives grant as part of the Centre for Biological Timing and Cognition

Thursday, March 18, 2004, Peterborough

Trent University's renowned sleep researcher, Dr. Carlyle Smith, has been awarded a large grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Innovation Fund for the construction of a new sleep lab and the purchase of state-of-the-art recording equipment as part of the University of Toronto's Centre for Biological Timing and Cognition.

The new lab and equipment will be used to pursue in depth research on all aspects of sleep. Dr. Smith is one of eight researchers from four institutions affiliated with the Centre for Biological Timing and Cognition, which received a total of $10,056,201 from CFI's Innovation Fund.

Trent University's new 900-square-foot sleep lab will feature three bedrooms, a control room, washroom, task acquisition room, and evoked responses recording room. It will be constructed in place of the current smaller lab in the Science Complex on the East Bank of the Symons Campus. Studies of sleep and cognition will also be done at a second, smaller recording location at the new long term care facility, St. Joseph's at Fleming.

The new labs will be furnished with three new 64 channel recording polygraph machines, that will allow researchers to monitor many areas of the brain simultaneously allowing brain mapping, power spectral analyses and sleep spindle counting, among other measures.

"This new equipment, housed within the new sleep labs, will allow us to look at all aspects of sleep and cognition more precisely - our recordings will be on par with those of much larger labs, thanks to the sophistication of these machines," says Dr. Smith. "Within the Centre for Biological Timing and Cognition, we will have the opportunities to study sleep across the lifespan - from the young to the elderly - as well as the relationship between sleep and circadian rhythms."

Trent University's new sleep labs will be used by undergraduate and graduate students and faculty members, who will enter into studies with other Centre for Biological Timing and Cognition researchers.

Prof. Chris Metcalfe, Dean of Research and Graduate Studies at Trent University says this funding will provide a major boost to the world class research being conducted at Trent by Dr. Smith and colleagues, and will allow Trent researchers to work in partnership within a multi-institutional centre of excellence.

The Centre's research themes will include rhythms, cognition and achievement, the biological basis of temporal organization and learning, and, sleep, cognition and mental health. Partner institutions are the University of Toronto, Lakehead University, Trent University and University Health Network.

The Canada Foundation for Innovation is an independent corporation established by the Government of Canada in 1997, with a goal to strengthen the capability of Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals, and other not-for-profit institutions to carry out world-class research and technology development.


For more information, please contact Dr. Carlyle Smith at 748-1011 ext. 1406



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