Karen Matthews is Featured Guest Speaker of Science Inspires Series

Posted on 10/15/2014 2:58:31 PM

The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics is pleased to announce Karen Matthews as the renowned guest speaker for this semester’s Science Inspires Series. 

Matthews will present the talk “Getting a Good Night’s Sleep: Is It Important For Cardiovascular Health?” on November 13 at 3:30 p.m. in Eberly Auditorium. Please join us for a public reception in Eberly Atrium following the talk.

Matthews is a distinguished professor of psychiatry and professor of epidemiology and psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research revolves around the relationship between personality and physical condition, particularly in terms of cardiovascular health. She has also researched the effects of developmental stages and socioeconomic conditions on physical health.  

In addition, her research has been recognized by awards from the American Heart Association, APA Health Psychology and Pediatric Psychology divisions, Society of Behavioral Medicine, North American Menopause Society, and the American Psychosomatic Society.

The abstract for her talk is included below:

Getting a Good Night’s Sleep: Is It Important For Cardiovascular Health?

Sleep is multidimensional and is characterized by sleep duration, continuity, perceived quality, daytime sleepiness, and morning/evening types. It is well recognized that good sleep is important for emotional regulation, learning, and performance. Recent evidence suggests that good sleep also may be linked to cardiometabolic health.

In this presentation, we will begin with the basics: define sleep, explain its measurement, and review the prevalence of sleep problems. Then we will consider epidemiological findings showing associations between sleep and cardiovascular events and diabetes; and highlight evidence based on several of our studies regarding the relationships between sleep characteristics and cardiometabolic risk factors in middle-aged adults and adolescents.

We conclude that not only is getting a good night sleep important for optimal daily functioning, but perhaps also for preventing elevated cardiovascular risk in vulnerable subgroups.

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