This site describes Dr. Paul Macey's research on brain changes in Obstructive Sleep Apnea and how these relate to symptoms experienced by people with the condition. Dr. Macey is an Assistant Professor in Residence in the UCLA School of Nursing and a member of the UCLA Brain Research Institute. He is part of a team of researchers at UCLA, and the research discussed is performed in collaboration with many people.
The motivation for this line of research is that people with OSA often have symptoms that suggest their brains are not functioning as well as they could be, and in a series of research projects over the past 10 years we have found certain changes in the brain of such patients. We are now trying to link the changes in brain function and structure to the physical and psychological symptoms experienced by people with OSA; you can read about our current study here.