You are the expert on what it’s like to live with idiopathic hypersomnia
Together we’ll spark better understanding and a new dawn for treatment and care
Your experience living with idiopathic hypersomnia (IH) is of vital interest to the people who research, develop, and regulate medications to treat IH. The Illuminate Hypersomnia initiative will bring together members of the global IH community to shine a light on all the ways that IH affects your life and what you’re currently doing to treat and manage the condition, as well as what treatment benefits matter most to you in new therapies being developed.
The Illuminate Hypersomnia initiative is designed to inform:
Sleep Consortium is hosting this landmark initiative in collaboration with patient advocacy organizations that serve the IH community. A highlight of this initiative is a patient-focused drug development (PFDD) meeting to be held in the spring of 2024; sign up to receive updates about the meeting date and other details. This meeting is being conducted as a parallel effort to FDA’s PFDD initiative to more systematically gather patients’ perspectives on their conditions and available therapies to treat their conditions. In addition, the initiative will also include a PFDD survey to ensure that this initiative reflects the experiences of as many people with IH as possible. A “voice of the patient” report will summarize the Illuminate Hypersomnia meeting and PFDD survey to serve as an enduring resource for researchers, drug development sponsors, regulators, healthcare professionals, and others. This initiative is also a way for members of the IH community to learn from and support one another.
Three key parts of the Illuminate Hypersomnia initiative:
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Details coming in early 2024 about ways for
YOU to shine YOUR light to Illuminate Hypersomnia
Click the button below and provide your contact information to stay informed about the latest news on this first-of-its-kind effort to tell the full story about what it’s like to live with IH. You’ll receive a “save the date” reminder once a meeting date and time is set, an alert about the survey launch, and news about other ways to participate and help spread the word.
Thank you to these generous sponsors for unrestricted educational grants in support of the Illuminate Hypersomnia initiative:
In 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began holding a series of meetings to hear directly from patients, caregivers, advocates, and other key community stakeholders about what it’s like to live with various medical conditions and how well available treatments are meeting patients’ needs. This meeting series, called the “Patient-Focused Drug Development” initiative or PFDD, was immensely beneficial to FDA teams and the agency as a whole. The meeting series was expanded to enable patient organizations to host externally-led PFDD meetings (EL-PFDD meetings) in collaboration with FDA. To date, there have been a total of more than 110 PFDD and EL-PFDD meetings combined; one of the first PFDD meetings was dedicated to narcolepsy.
The IH EL-PFDD meeting is being conducted as a parallel effort to FDA’s PFDD initiative. The purpose of the Illuminate Hypersomnia EL-PFDD meeting, like all PFDD meetings, is for FDA staff and researchers and developers of therapies to understand more fully the burdens of living with a particular medical condition and community perspectives on available treatments. At these meetings, patients also describe what they most value in terms of treatment benefits, as well as the risks and side effects they may be willing to tolerate as a tradeoff for the benefits that matter most to them.
An example of how PFDD can benefit people living with IH is to deepen understanding about all the ways in which IH impacts people’s lives. You can help us tell the story fully of how it affects an individual’s physical, intellectual, emotional well-being and more. This will help researchers and drug developers target symptoms that pose the greatest burden and better understand what degree of improvement would make a meaningful difference in the lives of people with IH and those around them.