Gonzalo Labarca, MD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Phenotyping Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Latin American women: The Latin American Sleep Network (LATAM Sleep Net)
Dr. Labarca’s research is aimed at understanding the clinical phenotypes of the Hispanic/Latino community with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), with a focus on identifying what aspects of OSA adversely affect the cardiovascular system. In parallel, Dr. Labarca will seek to understand why recent randomized controlled trials in sleep apnea failed to show the effectiveness of CPAP, the gold standard treatment for OSA, in reducing the risk of major outcomes. The major contributions of this research are: 1) providing clinically and physiologically informed metrics to capture the OSA burden among Latin American women, 2) establishing their generalizability in this minority group, and 3) supplying clinicians with validated predictive models to assess OSA risk in Latin American women. These contributions are significant because they will lead to enhanced patient selection, involve this underrepresented group, and improve quality of life and health outcomes.