(PRWEB) June 24, 2013
Narcolepsy Network will hold its 28th annual conference this year in Atlanta. People with narcolepsy and their families will join some of the country's leading medical professionals and sleep researchers at the event, October 18-20, 2013. Narcolepsy Network, a national patient support organization for people with narcolepsy, holds a yearly conference so that those dealing with the sleep disorder can share information, learn more about treatment and research, and meet others who share their experiences. The InterContinental Hotel Buckhead will host the conference.
The conference features workshops and presentations on a range of subjects including living with narcolepsy, treatment, research updates, and specialized presentations for children, parents, college students, and mothers-to-be.
Among the scheduled speakers are:
- Dr. Michael Thorpy, director of the Sleep-Wake Disorders Center at Montefiore Medical Center in New York
- Dr. Judith Owens, director of sleep medicine at National Children’s Medical Center
- Dr. David Rye, professor of neurology at Emory University
- Dr. Russell Rosenberg, CEO of the Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine
- Dr. Rubin Naiman, sleep specialist and assistant professor of medicine at the University of Arizona's Center for Integrative Medicine
- Dr. Marketa Dolnik, a physician who also lives with narcolepsy
- Peter Mansbach, president and founder of Circadian Sleep Disorders Network
- Kathy Zeisel, senior supervising attorney at Children’s Law Center in Washington, DC
- Daniel B. Brown, Esq., of Health Law Partners in Atlanta
- Julie Flygare, narcolepsy advocate and author
For those who attend, one of the most anticipated parts of the weekend is the fellowship with other people with narcolepsy. For many attendees, the conference is the first time they have ever met someone else who shares their diagnosis. It is an educational and emotional experience that many previous attendees have said is a life-changing event. More than 300 people attended the 2012 conference.
Advanced registration is required. Early registration rates for the conference are $175 for Narcolepsy Network members and $150 for student members until August 31. Regular rates are $200 for members and $175 for student members. The non-member registration rate is $350. Registration will close October 14. Late registration may be available, space permitting. Conference registration is available online at http://nn2013conference.eventbrite.com/.
This year’s conference is sponsored by Jazz Pharmaceuticals and Teva Pharmaceuticals.
Narcolepsy is a medical disorder that impacts one in approximately 2,000 people in the United States. Many people are unaware of the condition and go undiagnosed. The disease is a sleep disorder, involving irregular patterns in Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep and significant disruptions of the normal sleep/wake cycle. While the cause of narcolepsy is not completely understood, current research points to a combination of genetic and environmental factors that influence the immune system.
Narcolepsy Network is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing early diagnosis of narcolepsy, advocating for and supporting persons with narcolepsy and their families, and promoting critical research for treatment and a cure.
More information about narcolepsy and Narcolepsy Network is available at http://www.narcolepsynetwork.org.