Julie Flygare Awarded Sleep Research Society’s 2024 Public Service Award

President & CEO of Project Sleep, Julie Flygare, JD was awarded Sleep Research Society’s 2024 Public Service Award. The SRS Public Service Award is presented to one or more individuals who have significantly advanced the mission of the SRS outside of their scientific and educational contributions.

Selection criteria generally include:

  • Public relations and advocacy efforts
  • Developing and sustaining relationships with critical government agencies and lawmakers
  • Public policy efforts

“This is the honor of my lifetime,” said Flygare. “As a patient advocate living with narcolepsy, I’ve absolutely loved advocating for sleep research, and raising awareness about sleep health, sleep equity, and sleep disorders. Thank you to the SRS for this incredible honor.”

From Sleep Research Society:

Julie Flygare, JD, serves as President & CEO of Project Sleep. Flygare is an internationally recognized patient-perspective leader, an accomplished advocate, and the award-winning author of Wide Awake and Dreaming: A Memoir of Narcolepsy. On March 22, 2022, she delivered the TEDx Talk, “What Can You Learn from a Professional Dreamer?”


Since receiving a diagnosis of narcolepsy with cataplexy in 2007, Flygare advanced her leadership in the sleep and healthcare space through speaking engagements, publications, earned media, collaborations, and advocacy and awareness initiatives. Prior to accepting her current role as President & CEO of Project Sleep, Flygare served as President of Project Sleep’s Board of Directors, while also gaining invaluable experience in marketing and philanthropy at the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and City of Hope. Additionally, she served on the National Institutes of Health’s Sleep Disorders Research Advisory Board from 2012 – 2015. Flygare received her B.A. from Brown University in 2005 and her J.D. from Boston College Law School in 2009, focusing on health law, policy, and rare disease drug development.

2024 Sleep Research Society Awards

SRS selected four sleep and circadian scientists as recipients of the 2024 Sleep Research Society awards, which recognize excellence in sleep and circadian research. This year’s award winners will be recognized during the plenary session at SLEEP 2024 in Houston, TX. The three additional awardees include:

  • Elizabeth Klerman, MD, PhDDistinguished Scientist Award for significant, original and sustained scientific contributions of a basic, clinical or theoretical nature to the sleep and circadian research field, made over an entire career.
  • David M. Raizen, MD, PhDOutstanding Scientific Achievement Award for novel and seminal discoveries of a basic, clinical or theoretical nature that have made a significant impact on the sleep field.
  • Michael L. Perlis, PhDMary A. Carskadon Outstanding Educator Award for excellence in education related to the sleep and circadian research field.

Learn more about the 2024 Sleep Research Society Awards.

About Sleep Research Society

The Sleep Research Society (SRS) is an organization for scientific investigators who educate and research sleep and circadian science. Their mission is to advance sleep and circadian science to cultivate knowledge and to optimize health and well-being.

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