Dr. Christian Guilleminault- Sleep Health Pioneer

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Raised by 7 people in 1 month
Created July 10, 2019
In step with honoring the work most important to Dr. Guilleminault, the ASAA (sleepapnea.org ) will continue his passion and vision towards early recognition in pediatrics, multidisciplinary care, as well as searching for a potential cure for pediatric sleep apnea.

Tributes, memorials, and donations in lieu of flowers, will go to the founding of the “Right Under Your Nose” campaign to continue Dr. Guilleminaut’s vision going forward.  This campaign will be announced at the 9/19/19 AWAKETOGETHER Summit.

It is with the utmost respect that we announce the passing of Dr. Christian Guilleminault July 9, 2019, in Palo Alto, CA, from metastatic cancer. Guilleminault was surrounded by his wife, Priscilla Grevert, sons Eric (Scottsdale, AZ) and Damian (Paris, France) Guilleminault, colleagues, and fellows during his final days.

Dr. CG, as he was kindly known by his patients and colleagues, dedicated his life to advancing the science and clinical practices of treating sleep apnea and sleep related conditions. He  was always a pioneer, a man in search of answers, and a better way to treat patients by making an impact on their lives. He was a true innovator pushing the status quo. 

Dr. Guilleminault is world renowned for his research on sleep apnea, especially in the pediatrics field, as well as narcolepsy, REM behavior disorder, and drowsy driving. He was also one of the first to identify and classify sleep disorders and lead the field in groundbreaking research when sleep was yet to be considered a medical specialty. Working in collaboration with Dr. William C. Dement, Dr. Guilleminault established the apnea–hypopnea index (AHI), which is still in use today to characterize the presence and severity of sleep apnea.

Dr. Guilleminault described the presence of “obstructive sleep apnea syndrome" (OSAS) in children, demonstrating its association with learning and attention problems along with cardiovascular derangements. Following this work, he went on to describe the presence of elevated upper airway resistance in children, emphasizing the symptoms of attention deficit, hyperactivity, and abnormal behavior during wakefulness and sleep, learning disabilities and sleepwalking, sleep terrors and enuresis that accompanied this form of sleep-related breathing disorder; he described the same syndrome in adults and penned the term "upper airway resistance syndrome" (UARS) in adults.

Dr. Laura Roberts, Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine, best describes Dr. Guilleminault in her quote: “Christian Guilleminault’s scholarly and clinical contributions to the field of Sleep Medicine are immense. From his discoveries to the hundreds of students he has trained and mentored to the many thousands of patients of all ages whose lives he has transformed; we are in his debt. We could not be prouder to call him a member of the Stanford faculty, but know that in reality he belongs to the world.”

More information about American Sleep Apnea Association, Inc. (ASAA): Sleepapnea.org , home of the American Sleep Apnea Association, was founded in 1990, and is a patient-led, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of sleep apnea patients.
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We would like to thank those donors that paid tribute to Dr. Guilleminault on a previous fundraising campaign. These individuals collectively raised $20,283.

Donations of $1,000 or more
Ramathibodi Hospital Sleep Disorder Center Mahidol University
Sleep Society of Thailand
Peter Vitruk
Adam Amdur

Donations of $500-850
Nishidh Barot
William Hart
Chad Ruoff
Anahid Hekmat
Ryujiro Sasanabe

Donations of $300-400
Kris Hamamoto
Alben Lui
Deepti Chandran
Elissaios Karageorgiou
Michele Hervy
Maria-Cecilia Lopes
Michelle PRIMEAU
Julie Pitman
June Fry

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Markku Partinen
Samarth sanga
Kimberly Truong
Visasiri Tantrakul
Mindy Cetel
Justine Arrillaga
Robyn Woidtke
Tomonori Iwasaki
Christina Darby
Oliver Sum-Ping
Ian Lee
Mark Cruz
Eileen Leary
Kev Boyd
Danelle Walton
miho imamura
pierre jean monteyrol
Yenie R
Caroline Okorie
Jim Block
Kevin Gipson
Xizhen Huang
Jee Hyun Kim
Hisashi Ooka
Takahiro Higuchi
Walter James
Chrisula Asimos
Nancy Malone
Gerald Rich
shigeru higami
Takehiro Arisaka
Tarek Eid
Naoko Tachibana
Yuki Kimura
Shehla Huseni
atul malhotra
Shirine Allam
Yulli Tamayo-Myerson
joy moeller
Charón Brown
Jeremy Ueno
Shanon Makekau
Mustafa Bseikri
Theresa Frank
Yoshihiro Fuma
Margie Young
Anil Rama
Christine Won
Jeffrey Lipsitz
yoichi amakasu
Keisuke Inoue
William (Bill) Harrell
Angela Giacomini
Makoto Kawai
Howard Hindin
Nathalie Kos
Mehran Farid
Stephen Carstensen
Barry Raphael
Cathy Cheng
Dorothy Nelson
Virginia Downing
Glenn Roldan
Christine Hansen
Christopher Nguyen
Gunjan Narwani
Deepti Sinha
Matthew Robertson
Farah Akhtar

Donations of $50 and under
Judith Dember-Paige
Kentaro Okuno
Premthip Chalidapongse
Karen Eichenbaum Wolk
James Vanneman
Maureen Ridley
Jenny Cornell
Cyndy Michaels
Debbie Akers
Edward Grandi
Ellen Fei
Nicole Goldfarb
Julie DeWitte
Esther Greenberg
Paulo Soares
Tara Erson
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$10,425 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 7 people in 1 month
Created July 10, 2019
Funds raised will benefit:
American Sleep Apnea Association, Inc. (Asaa)
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