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Thien-Thanh, Dang-Vu

Dang-Vu Thien-Thanh


Contact information

Centre de recherche, IUGM 4545 chemin Queen-Mary Montréal, Québec Canada H3W 1W5 Bureau : M7814
5148482424 - 3364


Dr. Thanh Dang-Vu received his M.D. in 2004 from the University of Liège, Belgium. He then completed a specialization in neurology and a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences at the same university. He completed his first postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Neurology at the Massachusetts General Hospital (Harvard Medical School) in Boston, and a second postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Sleep Medicine at the Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur in Montreal. He is the recipient of several scientific awards, including from the Canadian Sleep Society, the Sleep Research Society, the European Sleep Research Society, the Belgian Association for Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine, and the Belgian Neurological Society. He is currently Full Professor and Research Chair in Sleep, Neuroimaging and Cognitive Health at Concordia University, and is a FRQS Senior Scholar.

Dr. Thanh Dang-Vu is also Vice President (Research) at the Canadian Sleep Society and a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Investigators. He is also a neurologist, researcher and Associate Director of Clinical Research at the Geriatric University Institute of Montreal, as well as an associate professor in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Montreal. Dr. Dang-Vu’s research activities focus on the pathophysiology of sleep disorders and the role of sleep in cognition, using tools such as EEG and brain imaging. To date, he has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and over 30 book chapters. Dr. Dang-Vu is on the editorial board of several scientific journals, and is an associate editor of the journal SLEEP.

Research interests

Dr. Dang-Vu is interested in neuroimaging and sleep to study the neural correlates of spontaneous brain activity and consciousness, the role of sleep in brain plasticity, the pathophysiology of sleep disorders, and biomarkers of neurological disease progression.

For example:

The mechanisms and functions of brain rhythms during sleep (e.g., spindles, slow waves), using PET, fMRI, and EEG

Pathophysiology of sleep disorders (insomnia, hypersomnia, parasomnia), using MRI, SPECT, EEG and behavioral tests

Neuroimaging and sleep biomarkers associated with aging, cognitive decline and the development of neurodegenerative diseases