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Sleep Disorders

2010-03-19

The Canadian Sleep Society Conference takes place in Toronto from April 26-28 at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel. Three Queen’s experts are participating and are available to talk to the media about their presentations.
Sleep Disturbances During Pregnancy and MenopauseHelen Driver, Professor of Medicine at Queen’s University and President of the Canadian Sleep Society, and Dr. Judith Davidson, Professor of Psychology at Queen’s University, will be speaking on sleep disturbances during pregnancy and menopause. They note that while unrefreshing sleep and excessive daytime sleepiness may be anticipated during these periods in a woman’s life, these complaints should also be considered as indicative of a primary sleep disorder including sleep-disordered breathing.
Helen Driver, MedicineEmail: driverh@queensu.caDr. Driver’s field of expertise is women's sleep.
Dr. Judith Davidson, PsychologyEmail: davidsnj@queensu.caDr. Davidson’s research includes improving access to insomnia treatments, and the relationships between sleep and mental/physical health.
Sleep ApneaDr. Michael Fitzpatrick states that sleep apnea is a highly prevalent disorder and is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension, stroke and myocardial infarction. It is also associated with somnolence, memory impairment and impaired attention.  Dr Michael Fitzpatrick, Respiratory and Critical CareEmail: mike.fitzpatrick@queensu.caDr. Fitzpatrick’s research includes pathogenesis and management of obstructive sleep apnea, oronasal partitioning of ventilation during sleep and the effects of CPCP on the nasal airway.
To arrange an interview, please contact Jeff Drake at 613.533.2877 jeff.drake@queensu.ca or Stephanie Earp at 613.533.6000 ext. 79173 stephanie.earp@queensu.ca, News and Media Services, Queen’s University.

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