How long do you got to plan and carry out a project?? If time is short, you may only have time for a records based (Psg) project. I am assuming you are looking for something clinical vs basic science. If you have more time, you could do something like try to coordinate some questionnaire to ahi, or how about looking at correlation of home oximetry to ahi on a psg. I think the current hot area of research is diabetes/metabolism and osa.
This might be a long task.... maybe you could get some of your psychiatric patients (suspected of having underlying OSA or EDS etc.), who have had a recent neuropsychological testing done, to be referred for sleep study (a PSG). See if you can correlate PSG abnormalities with specific subset impairments on neuropsychological testing
You could actually do a quick retrospective chart review on psychiatric patients (before and after medications) whether the PSG parameters have shown improvement or not with medications. Again, this can happen only if there was follow-up PSG ordered in a patient.
just thoughts!!!! Good luck
If there's any possibility of getting free sleep studies for your research patients, you could easily do a study looking at sleep architecture alterations due to a psychiatric drug (if free sleep studies aren't available, you'd have to scrounge around to get $50,000 from a drug company, something that you may not want to do). One of the sleep docs I used to work with got funding from Jannsen to study the psg effects of risperidone. He did sleep studies on 3 subsequent nights, one with placebo, one with 1 mg, and 1 with 2 mg. This study was on normal subjects (at least that's what he told me when I was recruited as a test subject).
Ahh sounds like fun, pressuring drug reps for funding for studies.. heh. Wont look good though when a study is funded by a drug company.
Actually, the pharmaceutical company funding for research is out of the hands of drug reps, there are MD's and or PhD's employed by the drug companies who are responsible for the funding. But I agree that it's best to wait until after residency/fellowship to seek this source of funding.
If you are good at begging, you may be able to get your university's sleep lab to give you some free studies, in which case you could probably do research looking at the sleep architecture effect of a med for $5000 or so, which you could probably scrounge from your department.
Mmm... maybe an NIH sleep grant.