The Sleep Unit conducts research in the field of sleep medicine practice and research. Its main objective is to establish an understanding of the functioning properties of both primary sleep disorders and secondary sleep disorders, e.g. in Spinal Cord Injury.
A central project is the development of ICF Core Sets for Sleep Disorders; brief and comprehensive lists of selected categories of the classification systems that have been identified through preparatory studies and an international consensus procedure.
The main stakeholders are the Swiss Paraplegic Foundation and Center as well as the consumers. Through the endorsement of this project by WHO and many international partners like the World Association of Sleep Medicine, all research conducted is part of the public domain.
The Sleep Unit works closely together with other research groups within Swiss Paraplegic Research such as the ‘ICF Research Branch’, ‘Empowerment, Participation and Social Integration’ and ‘SwiSCI’, a clinical and community-based spinal cord injury cohort study.

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