Program Committee Members


Doctor Patricia Franco received her M.D. and her Ph.D. degrees from the Free University of Brussels. She then completed her residency in Pediatrics and Neuropediatrics at the same institution with additional postgraduate degrees in pediatric neurophysiology and sleep medicine at the Université Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris. She has training as a pediatrician and neuropediatrician. She has been in charge of the Pediatric Sleep Unit at Erasmus Hospital in Brussels for 15 years.
Since 2005, she moved to her current position at the Pediatric Sleep Unit in Children’s Hospital in Lyon, France. She has an active clinical practice seeing both respiratory medicine and pediatric sleep medicine patients.

Since August 2006, her pediatric sleep unit is become a National Center for Narcolepsy in Children. Dr Franco is Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at Claude Bernard University in Lyon. She actually belongs to a research unit (INSERM U 1028, “Integrative Physiology of Brain Arousal System”, Dr JS Lin),) supported by the Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale.

Her research topics are the "Physiology and pathophysiology of arousal mechanisms in children” especially in Sudden Infant death Syndrome, Prematurity and Narcolepsy. But she was also involved in different research programs on insomnia in children with and without development disabilities or on Sleep Disordered Breathing in Pediatrics. She has published numerous articles and given multiple presentations within these fields.

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