International Scholarship for Research on Primary Snoring
Prize Money 2019: USD 2,800 (max.)
SomniShop awards the International Scholarship for Research on Primary Snoring every year. Here you will find all the information as well as the latest announcements.
The International Scholarship for Research on Primary Snoring has become firmly entrenched in sleep medicine. It will be awarded for the fourth time in 2019, this time jointly by SomniShop and a well-known non-profit organisation, the European Society for Sleep Health (ESSH).
Snoring is not only annoying, it can also severely impair the snorer’s health. Some of the most prevalent effects of snoring can include; daytime tiredness, concentration problems and bad breath.
There are already countless scientific studies on pathological snoring, or obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). On the other hand, the area of primary snoring, i.e. non-pathological snoring, is still insufficiently researched. That is why SomniShop and the ESSH have set themselves the goal of promoting scientific work in this highly interesting field of research. For only on the basis of solid scientific findings can the quality of life of those affected be improved.
The International Scholarship for Research on Primary Snoring is awarded every year. For the award in 2019, the research prize is endowed with prize money of up to USD 2,800 (approx. EUR 2,500), the amount of the prize money and the possible distribution among several prize winners are at the discretion of the selection jury.
The application deadline for the International Scholarship for Research on Primary Snoring 2019 is 31 July 2019. Please send applications only by e-mail to: scholarship(at)somnishop.net. All participants will be notified of the jury’s decision.
By accepting the award, the winner agrees that his/her name and a brief summary of the work will be published.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by e-mail at scholarship(at)somnishop.net or by telephone at +49 9131 623 89 40.
We wish all participants lots of fun and great success!
Important notice: During the last competition we received many general requests for funding. This scholarship is merit-based, i.e. general requests for funding without any submission of a specific proposal or idea related to primary snoring will not be entertained. What you should provide us with is at least a rough idea on how you would improve the therapy or diagnosis of primary snoring. This proposal could be related to certain product categories that you find on this website (for instance, snoring mouthpieces, nasal dilators or positional therapy). However, this is not necessary: our 2017 prize winner, for instance, presented a brilliant idea on virtual operation simulation that is very relevant for (nasal) snoring surgery.
Past Scholarship Winners
Research Scholarship Winner 2018
The International Scholarship for Research on Primary Snoring was awarded in 2018 to a research team from the Swiss research institutions ETH Zurich, the University of Basel and CSEM. The winners are Elisabeth Wilhelm, Francesco Crivelli, Nicolas Gerig, Marie-Rosa Fasser and Alexander Breuss. The research project presented an anti-snoring bed controlled by snoring noises, that gently lifts the upper part of the bed in order to keep the airways clear. The user can personalise or individualise the intervention parameters via a smartphone app.
Research Scholarship Winner 2017
The Managing Directors of health.On Ventures, Dr. Daniel Grätz (left) and Dr. Hannes Wakonig (right), congratulate Manuel Berger (middle) on his research award.
The predecessor scholarship, the European Research on Primary Snoring Scholarship 2017, was awarded to the Austrian scientist Manuel Berger for his innovative research approach on the topic of “Simulation-supported recognition of respiratory and snoring disorders”. The aim of his interdisciplinary research approach is to predict the results of nasal and sinus surgery much better. For this purpose, a virtual surgery environment will be developed. Based on a computed tomography data set, it will picture the nose shape with an accuracy of tenths of a millimetre. In this virtual environment, flow simulations can be used to illustrate how nasal breathing would be changed by nasal surgery. As limited nasal breathing is a major cause of primary snoring, this approach is of great significance for the research on this area.
Mr. Berger studied mechatronics and mechanical engineering at the MCI Management Center Innsbruck. He is currently doing his doctorate at the Medical Faculty of Innsbruck University in the field of image-guided diagnostics and therapy.