Description of Research Expertise:
Aging, sleep, complementary/alternative medicine, melatonin, patient-oriented research, translational research, categorical data, clinical trials, multivariate analysis, time series.
Description of Research:
Dr. Gooneratne’s research interests are centered around studying the nature of sleep disorders in the elderly. While many older adults complain of difficulties with sleep, it is an area about which modern medicine has only a limited understanding. Funded initially by a National Institute on Aging Mentored Research Career Development Award (K23), he is pursuing research examining the role of melatonin, a hormone secreted by the pineal gland, in sleep in the elderly and the effects of sleep apnea treatment on cognitive function in older adults. Dr.Gooneratne also runs a Sleep Disorders Clinic for Seniors in an effort to address the medical needs of older patients with sleep disorders. In addition, Dr. Gooneratne is the Associate Director of the Masters in Translational Research Program, with a focus on Entrepreneurial Science education at the University of Pennsylvania's ITMATEd program. He is the director of the mHealth mobile app development service at ITMAT (CTSA/Penn). He also helps to coordinate the research activities of the Geriatric fellows in the Division of Geriatric Medicine and mentors research fellows in the Division of Sleep Medicine.
Robbins Rebecca, Jean-Louis Girardin, Gallagher Rebecca A, Hale Lauren, Branas Charles C, Gooneratne Nalaka, Alfonso-Miller Pamela, Perlis Michael, Grandner Michael A: Examining social capital in relation to sleep duration, insomnia, and daytime sleepiness. Sleep medicine 60 : 165-172,2019.
McPhillips Miranda V, Dickson Victoria V, Cacchione Pamela Z, Li Junxin, Gooneratne Nalaka, Riegel Barbara: Nursing Home Eligible, Community-Dwelling Older Adults' Perceptions and Beliefs About Sleep: A Mixed-Methods Study. Clinical Nursing Research ePub : 105,2019.
Richards Kathy C, Gooneratne Nalaka, Dicicco Barry, Hanlon Alexandra, Moelter Stephen, Onen Fannie, Wang Yanyan, Sawyer Amy, Weaver Terri, Lozano Alicia, Carter Patricia, Johnson Jerry: CPAP Adherence May Slow 1-Year Cognitive Decline in Older Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment and Apnea. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 67 (3): 558-564,2019.
Gooneratne, N.S., Bastian, R., Winston, F. (eds.): Academic Entrepreneurship for Medical and Health Scientists Book : 420,2019.
Fox Elliott C, Wang Kairuo, Aquino Melissa, Grandner Michael A, Xie Dawei, Branas Charles C, Gooneratne Nalaka S: Sleep debt at the community level: impact of age, sex, race/ethnicity and health Sleep Health 4 (4): 317-324,2018.
Grant Shakira J, Kothari Shawn, Gimotty Phyllis A, Gooneratne Nalaka S, Cuker Adam: Quality of direct oral anticoagulant prescribing in elderly patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation: results from a large urban health system Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis 46 (1): 1-6,2018.
Pak Victoria M, Dai Feng, Keenan Brendan T, Gooneratne Nalaka S, Pack Allan I: Lower plasma choline levels are associated with sleepiness symptoms Sleep Medicine 44 : 89-96,2018.
Li Junxin, Chang Yu-Ping, Riegel Barbara, Keenan Brendan T, Varrasse Miranda, Pack Allan I, Gooneratne Nalaka S: Intermediate, but not extended, afternoon naps may preserve cognition in Chinese older adults The Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences 73 (3): 360-366,2018.
Li Junxin, Vitiello Michael V, Gooneratne Nalaka S: Sleep in normal aging Sleep Medicine Clinics 13 (1): 1-11,2018.
Gehrman P., Gooneratne N.S., Brewster G.S., Richards K.C., Karlawish J.: Impact of Alzheimer disease patients' sleep disturbances on their caregivers Geriatric Nursing 39 (1): 60-65,2018.
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