Cleveland Clinic Sleep Disorders Expert to Speak at 9/16 ACPHS Lecture

ALBANY, N.Y. (Sept. 6, 2017) — According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, about 40 million Americans suffer from chronic long-term sleep disorders each year and a further 20 million people experience occasional sleep problems.


On Saturday, Sept. 16 from 8:40-9:40 a.m., Nancy Foldvary-Schaefer, DO, MS, director of the Sleep Disorders Center and Training Program at the Cleveland Clinic, will give a presentation titled, “An Introduction to Sleep Medicine: Common Sleep Disorders and their Treatment.”

Her talk, which is part of Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences’ daylong Barbara DiLascia Lecture Series, will take place in the college’s Gozzo Student Center, Room 201.

Dr. Foldvary-Schaefer, who is certified by the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry in neurology, clinical neurophysiology and sleep medicine, will talk about the importance of sleep and the adverse health consequences of sleep disorders. She will also review the cardinal features and diagnostic criteria of common sleep disorders, including obstructive sleep apnea and insomnia. Additionally, she will discuss pharmacologic, surgical and behavioral treatment approaches for obstructive sleep apnea and insomnia.

“Many people don’t realize that sleep and wake disorders are extremely common and millions of people in America have sleep disorders that are undiagnosed,” said Foldvary-Schaefer, who has treated patients with sleep disorders and epilepsy at the Cleveland Clinic since 1995 and has published extensively on topics, including sleep and epilepsy, epilepsy surgery, women's issues in epilepsy and sleep disorders. “Many people need eight hours of sleep but most of us are not getting that. When we don’t get enough sleep — or we have a sleep disorder causing improper sleep – then our functioning during the day can be significantly compromised.”

The talk is open to members of the pubic. To register for the program and view the day’s agenda, please visit click here.

Continuing education credit has also been approved for 0.5 live continuing education units (CEUs) or 5.0 contact hours of live continuing pharmacy education.


About Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Founded in 1881, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is a private, independent institution with a long tradition of academic and research excellence. The College is committed to educating the next generation of leaders in the health care professions and translating scientific discoveries into therapies that benefit humankind. In addition to its doctor of pharmacy program, ACPHS offers six bachelor’s programs and five graduate programs in the health sciences. The College has campuses in Albany, New York and Colchester, Vermont.