Integrating EEG to stratify severity progression and neurodegenerative risk in REM sleep behaviour disorder RBD

Lead Research Organisation: University of Bristol
Department Name: Physiology and Pharmacology

Abstract

RBD manifests through failure of skeletal muscle atonia during REM sleep, culminating in unchecked dream-related motor activity, typically of an aggressive and physical nature. These motor symptoms clearly implicate degeneration of brainstem circuits in RBD. However, more than 80% of males over 50 presenting with RBD subsequently develop broader neurodegenerative disorders, most notably Parkinson's disease (PD). In turn, PD patients with concomitant RBD are more prone to affective and cognitive dysfunction. RBD therefore constitutes a uniquely powerful model of prodromal PD, well-placed to illuminate mechanisms of risk, progression and non-motoric symptoms.

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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
BB/S507295/1 01/10/2018 30/09/2022
2159872 Studentship BB/S507295/1 01/10/2018 30/09/2022 Amber Gemma Roguski