Thien Thanh Dang-Vu

Host institution

Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal

Granting agency


Project title

Pathophysiology of adult somnambulism: a functional neuroimaging approach

Project description

Thien Thanh Dang-Vu's research focuses on the mechanisms of sleep using neuroimaging methods, including functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI). In particular, he explores how the oscillations of sleep influence cerebral activity, the perception of the external environment, and the memorisation of information. He is also interested in sleep medicine and the use of neuroimaging in this context.

As part of his clinical and scientific work, he has carried out several international internships, including internships at the University of Montreal, the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris, and the Neurology Department of the University Hospital in Zurich. He recently completed a first post-doctoral fellowship in sleep medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (Harvard Medical School), in Boston.

Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he received his MD degree from the University of Liege (Belgium) in 2004. He then worked as an FNRS (Belgian national funds for scientific research) researcher at the Cyclotron Research Centre (University of Liege), as part of his doctorate in biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences (PhD), which he received in 2008.

Thien Thanh has been awarded several scientific prizes, notably from the American Sleep Research Society (SRS), the European Sleep Research Society (ESRS), the Belgian Association for Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine (BASS), and the Fonds Léon Fredericq. He is the author of articles on neuro-imaging, sleep physiology, and sleep medicine, and has published in prestigious journals such as PNAS and Current Biology.

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