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2011 Grant Awards from the DreamScience Foundationtm

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2011 IASD/DSF Research Grant Award Winners


The International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD) in conjunction with the DreamScience™ foundation (DSF) is proud to announce the following research grant award winners for 2011. There were five finalists out of a field of eight proposals received. Unfortunately we were only able to fund three. We thank all eight who contributed very excellent proposals in 2011, we hope your research efforts will continue. Congratulations to these three awardees:

1) “Implication of task-related dream content in the emotional memory enhancement functions of REM sleep.” A $2,800 grant is awarded to the research team of Michelle Carr and Tore Nielsen at the Dream and Nightmare Lab, Center for Advanced Research on Sleep Medicine, Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal, Université de Montréal. The objective is to examine whether task-related dream content is an essential component of the memory consolidation function of REM sleep. It will assess the significance of emotional information during encoding and its subsequent role in dreams.  This study will provide support to the hypothesis that REM sleep is implicated in the consolidation of memory, particularly of memory that is emotional in nature

2) “Drug-dreams in addiction: A study of the impacts of drug-dreams on affect and recovery”.  A $3,000 grant is awarded to Hélène Tanguay, MSc, ICADC, CH (PhD candidate) at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.  There is evidence that the frequency, vividness and content of dreams about drugs during early recovery from drug addiction might enhance vulnerability to relapse. The objective of the study is to provide evidence for the role of drug-dreams in possibly triggering negative affect that may lead to relapse in drug dependent individuals. 

3) “Therapeutic effects of the dreams of nursing homes residents”  A $2,500 grant has been awarded to the research team of Wojciech Owczarski, Ph.D. and Monika Żółkoś, Ph.D. at the University of Gdańsk. The objective of the project is to investigate the dreams of nursing homes residents to verify the hypothesis that in the majority of cases, their dreams contain material which has adaptive effects, helping the dreamers to come to terms with the traumatic experience of being locked away in an “institution” (particularly in a culture where it is perceived as an act of extreme ingratitude). The study also plans to estimate the extent to which such dream content is recognized as curative by the nursing homes residents themselves and establish if it fulfills a therapeutic function without the aid of specialists.

The other two finalists who had highly rated proposals but that we unfortunately did not have the finances this year to fund were:

1)  “Neurofunctional correlates of dream bizarreness – fMRI study” proposed by researcher Armando D’Agostino, M.D. at the University of Milan

2) “Neuroimaging to decode mental states during sleep & dreaming” proposed by the research team of  Burcu A. Urgen: MSc, PhD Student; Ayse P. Saygin: MSc, PhD; at the University of California, San Diego and Sara C. Mednick, PhD at the Univ of California, Riverside.


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