Dr. Mignot

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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REM Runner’s Note: Narcolepsy advocate and my dear friend, Elaine Butler Armstrong recently organized Ireland’s First Suddenly Sleepy Saturday Narcolepsy Event! I invited Elaine to share this momentous occassion with us. Elaine’s Guest Blog Post: It’s always a joy to meet up with the members of S.O.U.N.D. (Sufferers Of Unique Narcolepsy Disorder ) and the children […]

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So excited to share my very first book review here! Written by the amazing blogger Amanda of “Small Steps: A teenager’s look at living with multiple chronic illnesses including an undiagnosed condition, narcolepsy, cataplexy and gluten and lactose intolerance.”  Thank you so much, Amanda! What the experts are saying about my book: “Julie’s memoir describes with eloquence […]

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Macy Gray Raises Narcolepsy Awareness

by julie on November 13, 2012

“Narcolepsy can be really damaging to your quality of life.” – Macy Gray Macy Gray recently spoke about narcolepsy in an in-depth interview with HuffPost Live. Macy stated that a close family member has struggled with narcolepsy for many years. “It’s very debilitating,” explained Macy Gray, a world-famous singer-songwriter, record producer and actress. Our narcolepsy wizard, […]

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