Sunday, May 22, 2011

May Meeting Recap

First of all, I am so sorry for posting this so late! We had a great meeting this month--here's what happened:

We had a guest speaker, Ann Austin, with us via Skype. Ann is from the Sleep Disorders Research Advisory Board (SDRAB) at National Institutes of Health (NIH). She gave us an overview of what SDRAB does at the NIH and told us that they are currently focused on five major areas:

  • understanding the biology of sleep, studying genomes and phenotypes and using that information to personalize medicine
  • studying sleep receptors all over the body
  • discovering the long term effects of sleep disorders on the overall health of patients
  • disseminating their findings and information effectively
  • training future researchers in sleep medicine

The group also discussed having another community picnic this year. We decided on Saturday, September 10 for the date in lieu of our regular September meeting. Once we determine the location for the picnic, we'll post the information here and add it to the MNSG calendar.

Thank you very much to the Narcolepsy Network for providing funds for support group picnics again this year!

We had a few technical glitches this month with the call-in line and with Skype, but we were up and running by about 11am. Apologies to all those who tried to call in while we were setting up and missed us! We hope to see you at our next meeting, Saturday, June 4.

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