The CARSM general mission is to understand, diagnose, treat and prevent sleep disorders as well as to inform scientists, clinicians and the general public of the evolution of knowledge in this domain. The specific objectives of CARSM researchers are to:
- Gain new insights into the regulatory mechanisms of normal sleep through a pluridisciplinary approach that includes the study of molecular and neuronal mechanisms in animals and the experimental study of humans undergoing various epidemiological, neuropsychological, electrophysiological, genetic and brain imaging protocols;
- Study the phenomenology of sleep disorders, and develop and validate novel methods for diagnosing them; and study the links between sleep disorders and other health conditions (e.g., pain, traumatic brain injuries, respiratory diseases, neurodegenerative diseases and cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, aging, and cognitive dysfunction);
- Create and validate novel tools to measure the quality of sleep, biological rhythms, and pain to assess environmental and endogenous factors that can affect the sleep/wake cycle;
- Measure the efficacy and tolerability of new pharmacological treatments of sleep disorders through industry partnerships;
- Develop and improve upon non-pharmacological treatments for sleep disorders, as, for instance, hypnosis for sleepwalking, cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia, luminotherapy for circadian rhythm sleep disorders, and dental apparatuses for snoring and sleep apnea;
- Inform health professionals, associations representing patients suffering from sleep disorders, and the general public about the importance of good sleep for maintaining global general health, and to update these communities on progress in sleep medicine through courses and continuing professional activities, conferences for the general public, radio and television interviews, and popularized articles;
- Guarantee the sustainability and long-term evolution of fundamental and clinical research in sleep medicine by ensuring the training of highly qualified personal (undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, medical doctors and other health professionals, specialized technicians, research assistants, and researchers).
Success in attaining these objectives is rooted in a close collaboration between CARSM researchers and clinicians, who constitute a multidisciplinary team with expertise in fundamental, applied and clinical research, in teaching and in knowledge transfer, and with a national and international network of experts collaborating in its research programs.
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