It is our great pleasure to announce that Dr. Jamie Edgin has been awarded the Henry and Phyllis Koffler Prize for her outstanding accomplishments in Public Service and Outreach. The award, with a prize of $10,000, was endowed by UA past president Dr. Henry Koffler to honor outstanding faculty.
A robust and growing body of research explores the effects of sleep and napping on learning and memory development in young children. Yet, less work has looked at the cognitive implications of naps for children with Down syndrome — a population that commonly suffers with significant sleep challenges.
With support from a $2.9 million grant, Jamie Edgin is testing the effectiveness of an innovative touchscreen children's memory assessment that started as a homemade project.
Psychologist Jamie Edgin studies human memory at the University of Arizona, where her research often involves working with very young children and children with intellectual disabilities.
Congratulations to Jamie Edgin, who has just been awarded a 5-year grant from NICHHD. The goal of the multi-site study (with UC Davis and Drexel University) is to develop valid and sensitive measures of cognitive functioning in individuals with fragile X syndrome and Down Syndrome that can be used as primary outcome measures in clinical trials.
Researchers are uncovering the link between sleep and learning and how it changes throughout our lives. Drs. Rebecca Gómez and Jamie Edgin study sleep and memory formation in children of different ages. Gómez finds that naps are crucial for infants to retain a memory a day later. Edgin, who specializes in learning disorders, finds that children with better long-term sleep have enhanced learning outcomes. Edgin and her former graduate student Dina Spanò, are investigating sleep and memory formation in children with Down syndrome.