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Parkinson’s and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

Our first ERIG meeting of 2023 will take place online on Saturday 28th January starting at 10.00am. Our speaker will be Amber Roguski (pictured below), a neuroscience PhD candidate and research assistant at the Department of Sleep Medicine, Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh. Her PhD research, conducted at the University of Bristol, focussed on identification of early-stage biomarkers for Parkinson’s in people with REM Sleep Behaviour Disorder.

A photo of Amber Roguski

Her talk will explore the complex relationship between Parkinson’s and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA). This is a common condition where the upper airway collapses during sleep, causing breathing pauses and fragmented sleep. This can lead to symptoms such as excessive daytime sleepiness and mood issues. Some research suggests that OSA is more likely to occur in People with Parkinson’s and that it can make their Parkinson’s symptoms worse. Studies trialling OSA treatments in People with Parkinson’s and coexistent OSA have found that some Parkinson’s symptoms improve.

Her talk will also describe an upcoming local research study (Chief Investigator Dr Renata Riha, Sleep and Respiratory Medicine Consultant, NHS Lothian) which will be the first randomised control trial investigating OSA therapies in People with Parkinson’s and coexistent OSA.

To get the link to watch the talk please email davidm@edinburghparkinsons.org


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