Prof. Michele Terzaghi
This unit deals with sleep disorders and their consequences, and with the study of epilepsy, focusing particularly on pathophysiological interactions between the two entities. The clinical and pathophysiological aspects of various disorders can be defined using internationally validated diagnostic algorithms and highly specialized instrumental examinations.
The Unit’s research concerns the relationships between sleep and neurodegenerative disorders and focuses specifically on: neuropathophysiological and chronobiological characterization of pre-clinical conditions through evaluation of markers of their evolution into movement disorders (Parkinson’s disease and parkinsonisms) or dementia; study of epilepsy with sleep-related manifestations; and investigation of circadian rhythm disorders.
The use of highly specialized neurophysiological instrumental methods, including the study of brain activity through high-density EEG, is an integral part of the Unit’s activity.
The Unit has ongoing collaborations at international level (International RBD Study Group) and nationally, and is recognized by the Italian Sleep Medicine Society.