The physicians of the Sleep Disorders Program are actively involved in research projects and clinical trials. Much of their research aims at gaining a better understanding of the link between sleep and health. The program is also a leader in investigating new surgical techniques and devices for treating sleep apnea. For patients, this focus on research often means access to the most advanced treatments available.

Upper Airway Laboratory Research Project

The Upper Airway Laboratory is a funded research project that helps physicians plan surgery for patients with breathing disorders. Using topical medications and a ventilator, staff members create a “virtual sleep state” in the patient’s airway and then scan it with an MRI. The three-dimensional MRI model helps the care team plan the right reconstructive approach for the patient. The Upper Airway Laboratory is the only project of its kind in the United States.