Participate in Sleep Research

Opportunities to Participate in Sleep Research


Metabolomics of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Study

If you are a healthy adult aged 30-75 without diabetes, you may be eligible for our study. We are looking for patients with newly diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) but have NOT started treatment yet (such as using a CPAP machine). Our goal is to study whether sleep apnea and treatment with CPAP affects biomarkers in the blood. There are 3 study visits over 7 months. Procedures include wearing an activity monitor, a home sleep study, questionnaires, doing an attention task, fasting blood draws and 24 hour diet recall, conducted at either the Center for Human Phenomic Science (Penn Presbyterian) or the Penn Sleep Clinic (3624 Market Street). Participants will be compensated for their time.  

For more information, please contact Kristie at (215) 615-4112 or

New CPAP Users

If you are 18 years or older and are new to CPAP, then you may qualify to participate in the survey study. All new PAP users, with or without claustrophobia, are welcome to participate.  

For more information, please contact Bruno at   


Patients with Cardiac Conditions Using CPAP or Will Be Starting CPAP

We are looking for adults with cardiac disease and are using CPAP or will be initiating CPAP treatment. To participate in this study you will need to sign this consent to allow us to review your medical chart in a secure manner. You will also answer a few simple questions about your sleep and opinion on this method of evaluation for SDB and fill out a questionnaire regarding your daytime sleepiness. Finally, we will check your neck size. On average, this process should take less than 10 minutes to complete. We will review your medical record and monitor your CPAP use through the wireless modem for the next 4 years. The coordinator may contact you by phone after you leave the hospital if we have more questions

For more information, please contact Shruti at 510-908-0381 or

Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Law Enforcement Officers

If you are a member of the Philadelphia Police Department, have worked as an officer for at least 3 years, and do not plan to retire in the next three years, then you may qualify to participate. The study includes screening for Obstructive Sleep Apnea and managing it if apnea is diagnosed. The study is funded by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

For more information, please contact Haideliza at  

Surgical Treatments for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

The Sleep Surgery Division offers opportunities to participate in research relating to Obstructive Sleep Apnea testing and Treatments.

For more information, please use this link:

Insomnia Studies

The Behavioral Sleep Medicine Group offers opportunities to participate in research studies- mostly related to Insomnia.

For more information, please use this link:  or please visit or call (215) 7 - INSOMN (or 215-746-7666).

Circadian, Sleep Deprivation, and Other Studies

The Unit for Experimental Psychiatry (Division of Sleep And Chronobiology) offers opportunities to participate in research.

For more information, please use this link:

Sleep Problems, Depression, and PTSD Studies

The Sleep Neurobiology and Psychopathology (SNaP) Lab offers opportunities to participate in research.

For more information, please use this link:  

Other Clinical Trials and Research at Penn

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Pediatric Sleep Research at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)

CHOP offers several opportunities for children to participate in research through CHOP Sleep Center. A few of the actively recruiting studies are list below:

  • Investigating socio-ecological factors in pediatric sleep-related health disparities 
    The purpose of this project is to identify factors at the individual child, family, healthcare setting, neighborhood, and broader socio-cultural levels that contribute to racial disparities in sleep-disordered breathing consequences and timely therapeutic options in Black and White children with SDB.
    Contact info: Mary Anne at
  • Positive Airway Pressure For The Treatment Of The Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome In Children With Down Syndrome 
    The purpose of this proposal is to conduct a mixed methods research study during the R61 phase that will inform the randomized controlled trial to be performed during the R33 phase, during which participants will be randomized to a 6-month intensive behavioral intervention (INT) to improve PAP adherence vs standard clinical care (CON) and undergo standardized evaluations of behavior, attention, quality of life, family-relevant outcomes identified during the R61 phase, PAP adherence, and health care utilization at baseline, 6, and 12 months.
    Contact Ruth at
  • Home Sleep Apnea Testing and Neurocognitive Testing for Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Young Adults with Down Syndrome 
    The purpose of this study is to conduct neurocognitive testing in young adults with Down syndrome in addition to HSAT and in-lab PSG obtain estimates for a larger clinical trial. 
    Contact info: Ahtish at
  • Comparing Home Sleep Apnea Testing and In Lab Sleep Testing: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is currently enrolling individuals with Down syndrome between the ages of 16-30 years. This study is aiming to compare at home sleep studies and in lab sleep studies; participants will be asked to complete both kinds of sleep studies and give their feedback on the experiences. For more information, please contact the study team at 215-490-8905 or Ahtish at