Sleep disorders and the brain
A neurologist and associate professor in the Department of Exercise Science, Dang-Vu will receive $742,050 to study brain abnormalities in central disorders of hypersomnolence.
This group of neurological disorders affects our control over sleep and wakefulness, leading patients to feel excessively sleepy during the day, which heavily impairs their ability to concentrate, work and socialize. Amongs these disorders of hypersomnolence, the five-year study will particularly investigate idiopathic hypersomnia — a sleep disorder in which longer periods of sleep do not refresh an individual suffering from the disorder.
Dang-Vu is also the Concordia University Research Chair in Sleep, Neuroimaging and Cognitive Health, a member of the PERFORM Centre and the Center for Studies in Behavioral Neurobiology, and the associate director for clinical research at CRIUGM. Using state-of-the-art brain imaging methods, he aims to identify brain regions and networks affected by these conditions.
Through this research, he and his team hope to contribute to the development of new interventions to treat patients with these disabling disorders.