Dr. Mignot

Last week, I was thrilled to spend the afternoon with Dr. Emmanuel Mignot and Watson (Dr. Mignot’s chihuahua living with narcolepsy with cataplexy). Together, we recorded Project Sleep’s first Facebook Live video at Stanford Medical School. In this “Ask Us Anything” FB Live video, we fielded a wide variety of questions from the future of […]

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Friends! I’m super excited to share that on Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 7 p.m. ET, Project Sleep will host a very special “Ask Us Anything” Facebook Live event, featuring myself along with Emmanuel Mignot, M.D. Ph.D., Director of the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine, and Watson, a chihuahua with narcolepsy. We will answer as many of your […]

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Last month, I had the honor of giving two presentations to allied health care professionals including physicians, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, social work experts, and sleep technologists at the Sweet Dreams & Nightmares Sleep Symposium presented by Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare and the Florida Medical Association. With the west coast to east coast time change, the […]

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Raising Narcolepsy Awareness in Italy!

by julie on November 13, 2016

On Saturday Sept. 24, 2016, I stood outside the fancy lecture hall at the University of Bologna in Italy, fidgeting with nerves. I picked up my headset for the “live translation” system that would be my lifeline for the day. Traveling to Italy to speak at the 20th Anniversary of AIN (Associazione Italiana Narcolettici e […]

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“What could I say that they don’t already know?” This question haunted me in the months, weeks and days leading up to Narcolepsy Support Australia Conference. Over a year ago, when NSG Australia’s leader-extraordinaire, Melissa asked me to be a keynote speaker at their inaugural patient conference, I said “Yes!!!” right away. No question, I wouldn’t miss […]

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Recently, Science reported that Science Translational Medicine (STM), retracted an important study in their December 18, 2013 journal by Dr. Emmanuel Mignot of Stanford that explained the first steps in our understanding of narcolepsy as an autoimmune disorder. In his study, Dr. Mignot had found that T cells were primed to attack hypocretin. Hypocretin are the brain […]

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Narcolepsy is an Autoimmune Disorder

by julie on December 22, 2013

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Narcolepsy Finding Retracted but Autoimmune Theory and Epidemiological Association to Influenza/H1N1 Vaccine Remain Strong A recent study confirms that narcolepsy is an autoimmune disorder. Dr. Elizabeth Mellins and Dr. Emmanuel Mignot of Stanford University’s Center for Narcolepsy have discovered a specific group of  “CD4+ T Cells” that target hypocretin and are only found […]

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Hello from SLEEP 2013!

by julie on June 8, 2013

This week, I attended and spoke at the APSS SLEEP Meeting, a.k.a. “the Superbowl of Sleep.” Thousands of sleep researchers and clinicians from all over the world attended this meeting on June 1-5 in Baltimore, MD. On Wednesday, I participated on a pediatric narcolepsy panel hosted by Dr. Judith Owens with pediatric specialists, other patients […]

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I’m excited to share, “Narcolepsy Patients Hope FDA Attention Will Spur Drug Research, Shed Misperceptions” by Brenda Sandburg, The Pink Sheet, May 13, 2013. [View/Download PDF] This great article describes narcolepsy’s inclusion in FDA’s Patient Focused Drug Development Iniative. Thank you Ms. Sandburg and the Pink Sheet for featuring narcolepsy in your publication! For more posts about […]

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Dr. Michael Twery (Director of the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research at NHLBI) recently discussed narcolepsy research with leading expert, Dr. Mignot (of Stanford University). This video provides a great overview of why narcolepsy develops in certain individuals and the innovative treatments on the horizon for this neurological illness!  Thank you Dr. Twery, Dr. Mignot and NHLBI […]

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