Neuroimaging identifies patients with REM sleep disturbances who will suffer Parkinson’s disease

REM sleep disturbances constitute an early marker of neurodegenerative diseases. This was demonstrated by the Multidisciplinary Sleep Disturbances Unit of the Hospital Clínic, in an article published in 2006. A new study published by the same team in Lancet Neurology applies neuroimaging techniques to identify patients with REM sleep disturbances who will develop neurodegenerative disorders over the short term. The first signing author of both papers is Dr. Àlex Iranzo, a physician belonging to the Neurology Department of the Hospital Clínic in Barcelona, who is also an investigator of the IDIBAPS and a member of the Multidisciplinary Sleep Disturbances Unit. The study has been carried out in the setting of the Neurodegenerative Diseases CIBER (CIBERNED), and has received the collaboration of the Neurology Department of the Innsbruck Medical University (Austria).