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Release Date: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 3:34 PM
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Sleep Researchers Receive Grant to Help Veterans


WASHINGTON (Aug. 6, 2014) – The U.S. Department of Defense recently awarded nearly $700,000 to a team of Howard University researchers to continue their examination into sleep disturbances among veterans. The grant began in May 2014 and continues until 2017.
Thomas Mellman, M.D., director of the Center for Clinical and Translational Research and Stress/Sleep Studies Program at Howard University’s College of Medicine, is the principal investigator on the grant. The study will assist researchers and clinicians in targeting sleep disturbances in veterans who have returned from deployment. The researchers will also implement a plan to reduce and prevent the progression of the misuse of alcohol and other substances among veterans. The team also includes researchers from Georgetown University and the D.C. Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

“I am very excited to be applying our knowledge from previous research to developing potential intervention methods,” Dr. Mellman said. “We will be helping to alleviate problems of veterans of recent military deployments by focusing on their sleep problems.”


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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