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Title: Optimizing circadian rhythm and characterizing brain function in disorders of consciousness
Author: Ciftci Yelden, Kudret
ISNI:       0000 0004 7964 9717
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2019
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Sleep is a physiological state where memory processing, learning and brain plasticity occur. Patients with prolonged disorders of consciousness (PDOC) show no or minimal signs of awareness of themselves or their environment but appear to have sleep-wake cycles. The main aim of this thesis was to investigate effect of circadian rhythm and sleep optimization on brain functions of patients with PDOC. In the first instance, sleep and circadian rhythms of patients with PDOC were investigated using polysomnography and saliva melatonin measurements. The investigations that were performed at the baseline suggested that both circadian rhythmicity and sleep were severely deranged in PDOC patients. This was followed by the interventional stage of the research where an attempt was made to optimize circadian rhythm and sleep by giving blue light, caffeine and melatonin in a small cohort of patients. To measure the effects of the intervention, we used a variety of assessments: Coma Recovery Scale-Revised (CRS-R) to measure changes in awareness; PSG for assessment of sleep, melatonin for assessment of circadian rhythm; and, event-related potential measures including mismatch negativity (MMN) and subject's own name (SON) paradigms. Our results showed that it is possible to improve sleep and circadian rhythms of patients with PDOC, and most importantly, this improvement leads to increase in Coma Recovery Scale-Revised scores. Individually, those patients who responded well to the intervention also showed improvements in their functional brain imaging assessments.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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