UNEEG medical receives ethics approval to 365 nights of continuous sleep EEG monitoring

17-10-2019
UNEEG medical just received ethics approval to initiate an ultra-long-term sleep monitoring trial using their CE marked subcutaneous implant for monitoring brain activity. The trial is ambitious as it aims at monitoring the brain activity during sleep for 365 consecutive nights – far longer than ever done before.
“Sleep monitoring with EEG has for a long time been limited to a few days due to comfort and practicalities, limiting the study of long-term effects and variability in sleep” says CEO, UNEEG medical Mr. Torben Sandgren. “These times are over. With UNEEG 24/7 EEG SubQ, ultra-long-term EEG and sleep monitoring is possible.”

The trial is a research collaboration between Troels W. Kjær, Chief Physician at the Department of Neurophysiology at Zealand University Hospital and professor at the University of Copenhagen and UNEEG medical and is in part sponsored by Innovation Fond Denmark. The clinical trial will explore the defining factors of sleep quality, as well as investigate the behavioral and chronobiological induced variation in sleep.

Prof. Kjær motivates the research, “For people with epilepsy, sleep problems are a double-edged sword; epilepsy disturbs sleep and lack of sleep or poor quality of sleep can in turn increase frequency of seizures”. In the future, clinicians will not only be able to monitor patient’s EEG for the benefit of a pharmacological treatment but also to monitor and address sleep quality for improved seizure control.”

Lead Sleep and Cognition researcher Martin Christian Hemmsen, UNEEG medical, points out “The trial will help us gain an in-depth insight into sleep, and how behavior, environmental factors and chronobiology affects sleep. Combining this insight with measures of perceived sleep quality and measures of cognition, we will learn the defining factors of sleep quality and can use that to develop an index for the benefit of our users.” The trial is conducted in the next one and a half years, enrolling 20 subjects.