Narcolepsey Expert Panel

Emanuel Mignot, MD, PhD

Emanuel Mignot

Emmanuel Mignot is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and Director of the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine. He is internationally recognized for discovering the cause of narcolepsy.

Dr. Mignot is a former student of the Ecole Normale Superieure (Ulm, Paris, France). He received his M.D. and Ph.D. from Paris V and VI University in France. He practiced medicine and psychiatry in France for several years before serving as a visiting scholar at the Stanford Sleep Disorders Clinic and Research Center. He joined as faculty and Director of the Center for Narcolepsy in 1993. He was named Professor of Psychiatry in 2001 and Director of the newly established Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine in 2010.

Most of his current research focuses on the neurobiology, genetics and immunology of narcolepsy, a disorder caused by hypocretin (orexin) cell loss, with indirect interest in the neuroimmunology of other brain disorders. His laboratory uses state of the art human genetics techniques, such as genome wide association, exome or whole genome sequencing in the study of human sleep and sleep disorders, with parallel studies in animal models. His laboratory is also interested in web-based assessments of sleep disorders, computer-based processing of polysomnography (PSG), and outcomes research.

Russell Rosenberg, PhD

Russell Rosenberg

Russell Rosenberg, PhD, is the Founder and Director of the Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine and Technology. A clinical psychologist and board certified sleep specialist, Dr. Rosenberg lectures and teaches internationally on a range of sleep medicine topics. His areas of expertise include disorders of excessive daytime sleepiness and insomnia. In addition to teaching, Dr. Rosenberg is actively involved in clinical research at NeuroTrials Research Inc. Dr. Rosenberg, a native of St. Louis, received his PhD at Ohio State University and completed a sleep residency at Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, in Chicago. He served on the Board of Directors of the National Sleep Foundation for 10 years and was Chairman from 2010-2012. His teaching and leadership at the Atlanta School are rooted in his professional, clinical, and research experience which spans over 30 years.

Shannon Sullivan, MD

Shannon Sullivan

Shannon Sullivan, MD, is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine. Dr. Sullivan received her medical degree from the University of Michigan in 2001, and completed residency in Pediatrics and fellowship in Pediatric Pulmonology at the University of California San Francisco. She completed her second fellowship in 2008 in Sleep Medicine at Stanford University. She is currently board certified in Pediatrics, Pediatric Pulmonology, and Sleep Medicine. Her academic and clinical interests include pediatric sleep, sleep apnea, and graduate medical education.

Michael J. Thorpy, M.B.,Ch.B.

Michael J. Thorpy

Dr. Michael Thorpy, board-certified in sleep disorders medicine, is Director of the Sleep-Wake Disorders Center at the Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, New York. Both a clinician and a well-published researcher, Dr. Thorpy serves as Professor of Clinical Neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In addition, Dr. Thorpy served on the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) Board of Directors and founded and directed the NSF's National Narcolepsy Registry, which was located at Montefiore Medical Center. He is past Chairman of the Sleep Section of the American Academy of Neurology. He is President of the New York State Society of Sleep Medicine (NYSSSM).

Dr. Thorpy was born in New Zealand and earned his medical degree from the University of Otago in 1973. He has published extensively on narcolepsy, insomnia, and sleep disorders. His 14 print books include "The Encyclopedia of Sleep and Sleep Disorders". He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, including publications in journals such as The New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Thorpy's computerized textbook on sleep medicine, SleepMultiMedia (available on DVD-ROM), is the only one of its kind.

In 1993, Dr. Thorpy was awarded one of the sleep field's highest honors: The Nathaniel Kleitman Award from the American Sleep Disorders Association, and in 2012 the National Sleep Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award.