Centre d'investigation et de recherche sur le sommeil
Sleep disorders are very prevalent, and represent an « emerging worldwide epidemic ». However, despite an impressive progress during the last 3 decades, biological and molecular bases of most sleep disorders remain unknown. Consequently, almost all available treatments for sleep disorders are symptomatic and not evidence-based. Given their variety and impact on different biological systems (respiration, metabolism, motor control, cognition), a multidisciplinary approach is needed, not only for understanding the pathophysiology but also for diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. Thus, in collaboration with clinicians specialist in sleep disorders, we have established the Center for Investigation and Research in Sleep (CIRS). This joint venture between the CIG and the centre Hospitalier Universitaire (CHUV) will provide a state-of-the-art infrastructure to conduct high level basic and clinical research and to offer to the community the highest standard for diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. CIRS has been officially inaugurated in January 2007.