STANFORD CENTER FOR NARCOLEPSY RESEARCH
The Stanford Center for Narcolepsy Research is the world leader in
narcolepsy research. Among its notable achievements, it can claim the
discovery of both the tight association between narcolepsy and the
DQB1*0602 gene and the relationship between hypocretin deficiency and
They have now identified hypocretin (orexin) deficiency as the cause of
human narcolepsy. The most likely cause is an autoimmune attack against
the 10,000 or so cells containing hypocretin located in the brain.
Their goal now is to understand this process and to find a way to
prevent and reverse it. One necessary component to identifying and
understanding the cause of narcolepsy is their brain donor program.
That's right, they would like people with narcolepsy to fill out
forms now so that when they die their brains can be sent to Stanford to
further the search for preventing and reversing the cause of narcolepsy.
You can be part of the solution!
To receive a packet of information that explains the program and
includes the forms to be filled out in order to participate, contact
Mali Einen, Clinical Research Coordinator at 650-721-7550. She can also
answer any questions you may have.
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