March 11 at AAAS: Wake up, I’m Speaking: The Neuroscience of Sleep and Dreaming

March 5, 2014

March 5, 2014

Earl Lane
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: 
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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.

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.