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Stanford Center for Narcolepsy

Organization URL(s)

med.stanford.edu/school/Psychiatry/narcolepsy/
einen@stanford.edu

Other Contact Information

Center for Narcolepsy Research 450 Broadway Street Pavilion B, 2nd Floor
Redwood City, CA 94063
650-721-7550 (Voice)
650-721-3466 (FAX)

Description

Founded in the early 1970s by Dr. William Dement, the Stanford University Sleep Clinic was the first medical clinic ever established to specialize in sleep disorders. The clinic diagnoses and treats patients who have difficulties falling asleep or staying asleep at night, problems with excessive daytime sleepiness or other medical problems occurring during sleep. The Stanford Center for Narcolepsy was established in the 1980s as part of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Today, it is the world leader in narcolepsy research with more than 100 articles on narcolepsy to its name. The Stanford Center for Narcolepsy was the first to report that narcolepsy-cataplexy is caused by hypocretin (orexin) abnormalities in both animal models and humans. Under the direction of Drs. Emmanuel Mignot and Seiji Nishino, the Stanford Center for Narcolepsy today treats several hundred patients with the disorder each year, many of whom participate in various research protocols. Other research protocols are conducted in animal models of narcolespy.

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Review Date

Wednesday, Dec 07, 2011