[Nfbmo] FW: Local Study on Sleep and Blindness

Gary Wunder GWunder at earthlink.net
Tue Sep 21 20:31:01 UTC 2010

I pass along this note for any of you who have sleep problems and may be
interested in participating in a sleep study and some medication which will
apparently be provided. I'd be interested in knowing if any of you do this
and what you find.
  From: Jillian Nickel [mailto:Jillian.Nickel at vandapharma.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 9:18 AM
To: gwunder at earthlink.net
Subject: Local Study on Sleep and Blindness

Dear Gary Wunder,


I am from Vanda Pharmaceuticals, a Biotech Company in Rockville, MD.  I am
emailing because we are trying to reach out to blind individuals and would
like to know if you would be willing to help us. I believe that some members
of the Missouri Division of the National Association of Blind Students may
be interested in learning about our effort to better understand sleep
problems in people who are totally blind. 


We are currently launching clinical trials to test a new experimental
treatment for blind individuals who suffer from a sleep disorder known as
Non-24 Hour Sleep Wake Disorder. In the US, this disorder affects
approximately 65,000 totally blind individuals who have this disorder
because they lack the light sensitivity necessary to reset their "body
clock".  Would you be willing to send an announcement to your members about
our clinical trials?  Do you have an email list through which we could send


We gladly welcome the opportunity to talk to you about our plans and to
learn more about you and your organization. We also would appreciate if you
could pass this information along to other individuals in your organization
and your community who may be interested by this research.



Below is an announcement about upcoming sleep studies that some totally
blind individuals may be interested in.  




Clinical Research Study Recruitment

Blind individuals with no light perception needed.


A local doctor is conducting research to evaluate a new investigational
treatment for insomnia and daytime sleepiness in totally blind individuals.

Individuals may qualify who:

. are between 18 and 75 years of age

. are blind with no light perception

. have trouble sleeping at night or experience daytime sleepiness


Qualified participants will receive study medication and study-related
medical evaluation at no cost.

For more information: Call 1-888-389-7033 M-F 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM ET




Best Regards,





Jillian Nickel, M.S.

Clinical Research Associate

Vanda Pharmaceuticals 

9605 Medical Center Drive Suite 300

Rockville, MD 20850

Jillian.Nickel at vandapharma.com

(240) 599-4509 (w)

(301) 294-1900 (f)








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