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May 9, 2011

Samuel A. Taylor Jr., M.D.

Samuel A. Taylor Jr., M.D.

Assistant Professor of Neurology
M.D.: University of Virginia School of Medicine
Residency: Department of Neurology at the University of Virginia Health System ( Co-Chief Resident, 2008-2009)
Fellowship: Sleep Medicine in the Department of Neurology at the University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor

Taylor arrived last September to join a growing sleep disorders program in the neurology department to study disorders that are associated with Parkinson’s Disease and other neurodegenerative conditions.

Taylor is particularly interested in REM sleep behavior disorder, a sleep abnormality in which patients physically act out their dreams and may endanger themselves and their bed partners. People who have been diagnosed with the disorder are at greater risk for developing Parkinson’s or other neurodegenerative disorders.

At the medical school’s new center for the research and treatment of Parkinson’s Disease and other movement disorders, Taylor will be participating in clinical studies and in the evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders. “We’ll be working to further characterize sleep disturbances in Parkinson’s Disease and other related conditions and to develop new therapies — including medications, procedures and other interventions — to improve patients’ overall sleep quality,” he says.