Pierre MAQUET qualified as an MD at the University of Liège (Belgium) in 1986 and as a Neurologist in 1991. He received his PhD degree in 1990. He worked as Research Fellow, then Research Director at the National Fund for Scientific Research (Belgium) in the Cyclotron Research Centre of the University of Liège. His research work focuses on functional neuroimaging of human sleep, using positron emission tomography, functional magnetic resonance imaging, TMS and electro-encephalography. His work follows several main streams, including the characterization of the cerebral correlates of human sleep, the relation between sleep and the offline processing of memories, the circadian and homeostatic regulation of sleep and wakefulness, the effects of light and non-classical photoreception on human brain function and functional neuroanatomy of unconscious patients. He is now appointed Professor of Neurology at the University of Liège and Head of the Department of Neurology at the Academic Hospital of Liège.
Elena Moro (EM): Can you outline the strategic work plan you foresee for the Scientific Panel on “Sleep-Wake disorders” that you co-chair?
Prof. Pierre Maquet (PM):
– To raise awareness of the importance of sleep in neurology through the organization of workshops and symposia and by participating in setting up principled clinical guidelines.
– To promote European initiatives in clinical sleep research, in collaboration with the European Sleep Research Society (e.g. sleep involvement in stroke and degenerative diseases; narcolepsy, restless limb syndrome, Kleine-Levine syndrome, novel parasomnias)
EM: What is the main goal that you want to achieve for the work the Scientific Panel will address during your term of office?
– Workshops and symposia during fore coming EAN meetings
– Published guidelines for European sleep medicine
– Joint meetings with the ESRS based on clinical sleep research