Science of Narcolepsy

Friends in the U.S., if you care about narcolepsy research (or any other area of sleep and sleep disorders research), you can play an important role in ensuring that this research is supported by our federal government. While private fundraising for research is wonderful and important too, private fundraising cannot replace the need for federal […]

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“We are witnessing a revolution of our understanding of narcolepsy.” – Dr. Emmanuel Mignot, M.D. Ph.D., Director of the Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine, Stanford University 2018 was an exciting year for narcolepsy research and drug development. Here’s my top six research highlights of 2018 that you should know about! 1. Narcolepsy & the […]

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This past week, I was honored to represent Project Sleep at the 7th International Symposium on Narcolepsy from Sept 9 – 13, 2018 in Beverly, MA. At this meeting, leading narcolepsy researchers and clinicians from around the world came together to discuss developments in the clinical features of narcolepsy, promising treatment advances, and the underlying neurobiology […]

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Over the winter holidays, I was thrilled to visit Taiwan and meet with a leading Taiwanese narcolepsy researcher and clinician, Dr. Yu-Shu Huang. I was in Taiwan for an amazing ten-day vacation with my brother, sister-in-law and niece. After a long sleepless journey to Taiwan, I was so glad that we arrived in Taipei at their nighttime, so […]

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Hi friends! I’m so excited to share an amazing opportunity to support critical narcolepsy research THIS WEEK! My Representative, Congressman Schiff of California, is preparing to send a letter to NIH inquiring on the current size, scope, and direction of the narcolepsy portfolio (See Letters). This letter will encourage NIH to support the full spectrum of narcolepsy […]

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Tune in to the Doctors TV Show this Monday Feb. 9, I’ll be sharing my journey with narcolepsy – including sleepiness, cataplexy, sleep paralysis and hypnagogic hallucinations . See full information here. Watch TV interview online: Web exclusive extended version: Crafting an honest and accurate portrayal of narcolepsy with the Doctors TV Show was a lot of fun.  I […]

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Check out my provocative HuffPost article: “I’m Not Looking To Be Saved”! It’s a dream come true to write on HuffPost, adapting this post from my blog. I can’t wait to raise more awareness via this popular website. Please like and share. Also, check out “Tweeting My Way Through Narcolepsy” on HuffPost by the amazing […]

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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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I’m so thrilled to share Harvard Medical School’s new Narcolepsy Website – a fantastic user-friendly resource for patients and supporters alike. There are videos, PDFs and basic information about narcolepsy symptoms, diagnosis and treatment along with suggestions for living well with narcolepsy – including tips for daily life, school, work and safety.  I had the […]

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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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