About Us

SleepdB is a multidisciplinary team which is dedicated to understanding the pathophysiology of sleep-related breathing disorders and the development of novel technologies for improved management of these disorders. Over four million Canadians live with a chronic respiratory disease such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or sleep apnea. Respiratory diseases are among the top reasons for hospitalizations, long-term morbidity and death and account for 6.5% of total health care costs ($12.5B per year). Importantly, rates of these diseases are rising as the population ages and become more sedentary. A feature common to several respiratory diseases is that their symptoms, eg dyspnea, worsen during sleep. Most emergency visits and deaths related to asthma and COPD occur during the night. However, our understanding of the mechanisms of respiratory disorders exacerbation at night is limited; which consequently challenges our ability to manage these disorders.

Our research has two main themes:

As part of the Sleep Science Team at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, our research will lead to a better understanding of the pathophysiology of chronic respiratory disorders during sleep, will help create new therapies, and develop new portable devices to accurately diagnose these disorders in a convenient and affordable manner.


Recent News

6/26/2017-Daniel Vena has won the runner up price in the “Innovative Concept” category of Power Play Pitch Competition 2017

6/26/2017- Joseph Makanjuola has awarded the “2017 TRI Volunteer of the Year”

3/21/2017 – Iranian new year celebrated.

10/26/2016 – Thrusday November 03rd, Angelo H. All, MD, MBA will be presenting at the SleepdB journal club

6/17/2016 – Tuesday June 28th, Dr Gaspard Montandon will be presenting at the SleepdB journal club

6/1/2016 – Dr. Yadollahi’s original research “Relationship of Fluid Accumulation in the Neck to Sleep Structure in Men during Daytime Sleep” has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine