National Parkinson Foundation Awards More Than $1 Million for Research

National Parkinson Foundation has awarded more than $1 million dollars for clinical research projects in 2011, to be conducted at Centres of Excellence in the United States and Canada.  One of the areas supported is a study of the effectiveness of a treatment for sleep apnea in Parkinsons Disease.  Sleep problems and cognition are important “contributions to the burden of the disease”.

NPF is supporting work to advance three key areas of Parkinson’s disease (PD): 1) an advanced biomarker study, 2) a clinical trial to treat memory impairment, and 3) a study of the effectiveness of a treatment for sleep apnea in PD

Poor sleep affects the quality of life and level of cognition for people with Parkinsons Disease.  The relationship between sleep disordered breathing and its effect on cognition will studied and tested.  It is believed trauma and injury are associated with reduced attentiveness due to tiredness (because of sleep apnea).

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