March 5, 2014
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
March 11 at AAAS: Wake Up, I’m Speaking: The Neuroscience of Sleep and Dreaming
Three specialists will review what neuroscience tells us
about sleep, sleep disorders, dreams, and the impact of sleep research on medicine
and society in an evening presentation on Tuesday, March 11, at the American
Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
The event, the first of the 2014 series on Neuroscience and
Society organized by AAAS under the sponsorship of The Dana Foundation, will
start at 5:30 p.m. in the AAAS Auditorium at 12th and H Streets,
N.W., Washington, D.C. A reception will follow at 7:00 p.m.
The speakers are Clifford B. Saper, professor of neurology
and neuroscience at the Harvard Medical School and chair of the department of
neurology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston; Deirdre Leigh Barrett,
assistant clinical professor of psychology in the psychiatry department at the
Harvard Medical School; and Michael J. Twery, director of the National Center
on Sleep Disorders Research at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
Sleep, or the lack of it, is the focus of considerable
research in the United States, where sleep disorders and sleep deprivation have
been associated with poor cognitive performance, behavioral problems,
accidents, ill health and other factors that adversely affect quality of life.
When we do sleep, we also dream. During a typical lifetime, people spend an
average of six years dreaming. In the past, dreams have been interpreted as
omens of the future, representations of reality, and even divine messages from
the gods. Their meaning and significance remain the subjects of debate by both
scientists and the public.
Seating is limited. General attendees may register at: http://www.aaas.org/4vj
Reporters planning to attend are asked to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
AAAS, which publishes the journals Science, Science
Translational Medicine, and Science Signaling, is a nonprofit
organization dedicated to the advancement of scientific knowledge for the good
of society. www.aaas.org
The Dana Foundation is a private philanthropic organization
that supports brain research through grants and educates the public about the
successes and potential of brain research. www.dana.org