Event Date: Feb 13, 2024

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There has been increasing evidence that a good quality sleep is important for memory consolidation, while poor sleep impairs cognitive functioning and increases the risk for neurodegenerative diseases. Such relationship between disrupted sleep and cognitive decline leads to the conceptualization of sleep as modifiable risk factor for the promotion of brain health. This presentation will review some of the known mechanisms by which poor sleep is involved in the onset of neurodegenerative diseases, and will discuss the cognitive impact and clinical interventions of chronic insomnia.
Learning objectives:
  • Understand the main mechanisms by which sleep is involved in cognitive health
  • Describe the cognitive impact of insomnia disorder in older adults
  • Explain the general principles of insomnia disorder management in older adults
This integrated KTE webinar event is brought to you by brainXchange in partnership with the Alzheimer Society of Canada and the Canadian Consortium of Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA). 



Dr. Thanh Dang-Vu, Professor; Neurologist; Director, Sleep, Cognition & Neuroimaging Laboratory (SCNLab); Vice-President (Research), Canadian Sleep Society

Dr. Thanh Dang-Vu received his M.D. in 2004 from the University of Liège, Belgium. He then completed a specialization in neurology and a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences at the same university. He completed his first postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Neurology at the Massachusetts General Hospital (Harvard Medical School) in Boston, and a second postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Sleep Medicine at the Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur in Montreal. He is the recipient of several scientific awards, including from the Canadian Sleep Society, the Sleep Research Society, the European Sleep Research Society, the Belgian Association for Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine, and the Belgian Neurological Society. He is currently Full Professor and Research Chair in Sleep, Neuroimaging and Cognitive Health at Concordia University, and is a FRQS Senior Scholar.
Dr. Thanh Dang-Vu is also Vice President (Research) at the Canadian Sleep Society and a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Investigators. He is also a neurologist, researcher and Associate Director of Clinical Research at the Geriatric University Institute of Montreal, as well as an associate professor in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Montreal. Dr. Dang-Vu’s research activities focus on the pathophysiology of sleep disorders and the role of sleep in cognition, using tools such as EEG and brain imaging.

Dr. Andrew Lim, MD, FRCPC
Dr. Lim is a sleep neurologist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and associate professor of neurology at the University of Toronto.  He is PI of the Ontario Sleep Health Study, co-PI of the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging Sleep Team, and PI or co-PI on several projects measuring sleep and circadian rhythms in the Rush Memory and Aging Project.  His research focuses on understanding the bi-directional links between sleep and circadian disruption and neurodegenerative disorders, and his clinical practice focuses on older adults with and without neurodegenerative diseases who are experiencing sleep and circadian rhythm disturbances.