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Dr Hanna Hensen

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Dr Hanna Hensen

International Guest Researcher, NeuRA
Sleep and Breathing Lab

Dr Hanna Hensen

International Guest Researcher, NeuRA
Sleep and Breathing Lab


Dr Hensen is investigating sleep disorders and sleep disruption in people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). MS is an auto-immune and neurodegenerative disease affecting over two million people worldwide. It causes a broad scope of symptoms; with fatigue is one of the most common and debilitating.

Fatigue is very difficult to treat and all current therapies are ineffective. Poor sleep and sleep disruption are also common in people with MS and can contribute to fatigue and impair cognitive function. Her aim is to define the prevalence of sleep disorders and sleep disruption in people with MS, determine the relationship with fatigue and other symptoms of the disease and find targeted therapies to determine if treating sleep problems can improve fatigue and cognitive function in people with MS. Dr Hensen hopes that by carefully diagnosing and treating sleep problems this work will reduce fatigue and improve cognitive function to increase quality of life, productivity and wellbeing in people with MS.

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