The Hypersomnia Foundation is very pleased to announce that Thanh Dang-Vu, MD, PhD, a distinguished neurologist from Canada, has joined our Medical Advisory Board (MAB). Dr. Dang-Vu is currently an Associate Professor at Concordia University in Montreal, and holds the University Research Chair in Sleep, Neuroimaging and Cognitive Health. He is also an attending neurologist and the Associate Director for Clinical Research at the Institut Universitaire de Gériatrie de Montréal, a Clinical Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Montreal, and an Adjunct Professor of Neurology at McGill University.
Dr. Dang-Vu earned his MD and PhD at the Université de Liège in Belgium. He then completed post-doctoral fellowships at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, and at the Center for Advanced Research in Sleep Medicine in Montreal. He has received research awards from the Sleep Research Society in the U.S., the European Sleep Research Society and the Canadian Sleep Society.
Dr. Dang-Vu’s research program focuses on the brain mechanisms of sleep disorders using EEG and neuroimaging techniques. His research also focuses on the relationships between sleep and cognition across the lifespan, and in sleep and neurological disorders.
Attendees of our HF Conference in June will remember Dr. Dang-Vu as the presenter who discussed his Canadian team’s findings from their brain imaging studies. These findings, some of which were published in SLEEP in late 2017, demonstrated that participants with idiopathic hypersomnia (IH) showed regional cerebral blood flow differences compared to participants without IH. The researchers concluded that their preliminary findings suggested that IH is characterized by functional alterations in brain areas involved in the modulation of vigilance states, which may contribute to the daytime symptoms of IH and which may suggest the possible presence of incomplete sleep-wake transitions.