2016

CURE Epilepsy Award

Orexin Triggers Autonomic Destabilization In SUDEP

Kristina Simeone, PhD
Creighton University
 

Dr. Simeone’s overall goals are to determine a central trigger of SUDEP, identify novel biomarkers to better identify risk for and imminence of SUDEP, and identify a treatment to postpone and ultimately prevent SUDEP. Key events that lead to SUDEP include cardiac and respiratory failure. Failure of these two systems is attributed to a destabilization of the autonomic nervous system. They hypothesize that a neuropeptide is a central lynchpin that over a lifetime gains influence and progressively destabilizes these autonomic cardiorespiratory responses and ultimately results in SUDEP.

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