(PRWEB) August 16, 2012
People with narcolepsy, their families and friends, medical professionals and sleep researchers will gather in Cleveland for the 27th annual Narcolepsy Network Patient Conference, October 19-21. Narcolepsy Network, a national patient advocacy organization, 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 keynote speaker at the conference will be narcolepsy researcher Dr. Emmanuel Mignot, director of the Stanford University Center for Narcolepsy. In addition to Dr. Mignot’s presentation on the latest in narcolepsy research, there will be programs covering topics including narcolepsy basics, current treatments, lifestyle management and alternative approaches to treatment. All programs are designed to help people with narcolepsy achieve the highest quality of life. For the first time, the conference will offer separate sessions to meet the needs of children with narcolepsy.
Conference registration is $230 until October 10 and $255 after October 10. A student rate of $150 ($175 after October 10) is also available. To register, visit http://www.narcolepsynetwork.org.
Narcolepsy is a medical disorder that impacts approximately 1 in 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 patient support organization founded in 1986. Its primary focus is to educate and inform those with narcolepsy; promote early diagnosis, optimal treatments and scientific research; provide emotional support and resources to patients and families; serve as a resource center for those with the disorder as well as medical providers, educators, employers and the public; and increase public awareness of narcolepsy.
More information about narcolepsy and Narcolepsy Network is available at http://www.narcolepsynetwork.org.