Lim receives Biomedical Seed Grant with Augusta University to Improve Sleep Quality Monitoring for Patients with Parkinson’s Disease
Dr. Sungkyun Lim, Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Georgia Southern University, was awarded a Biomedical Seed Grant for a joint research project with Augusta University titled “Smart Wireless EEG monitor for Assessing Quality of Sleep.” In this project, a one-step action smart sleep monitor will be developed which can assess the sleep functions in patients with Parkinson’s disease and send analyzed sleep data to the Parkinson’s Disease Research Lab, Department of Physical Therapy, College of Allied Health Sciences at Augusta University.
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder that has no cure. One of the symptoms which significantly affects a patient’s overall quality of life is a progressive worsening of night sleep functions including increased sleep latency (time to fall sleep), poor quality of refreshing sleep (during the dream and deep sleep phases) and increased disruptive sleep (fragmentation of the dream and deep sleep phases and frequent awakenings).
Assessment of sleep quality is of utmost importance in Parkinson’s disease research. The system currently used to assess sleep quality has multiple steps that are problematic for the patients to follow. The new system will be easier for the patients to use and will improve the quality of data received by the lab for research.
Dr. Lim is the founder of the Antennas and Wireless Propagation Lab at Georgia Southern.
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