Nashville Event: Innovations in Narcolepsy Awareness & Advocacy

Join Us in Nashville!

On Saturday, August 13, 2022please join Project Sleep in Nashville, TN for Innovations in Narcolepsy Awareness & Advocacy, a unique one-day meeting to empower the community with updates from the forefront of narcolepsy advocacy and awareness. The event will take place at the Scarritt Bennett Center (1027 18th Ave S, Laskey Great Hall, Nashville, TN 37212) from 10am – 4pm CT. Registration is $25 per person and includes lunch.

Who Should Attend

All are welcome and a wide range of people with various perspectives are encouraged to attend, including people living with sleep disorders, loved ones, friends, clinicians, researchers, drug developers, and educators.

About The Speakers

Althea A. Shelton, MD, MPH

Dr. Althea Shelton is currently Associate Professor of Neurology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) specializing in sleep medicine. She is involved in the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric sleep and epilepsy disorders and the teaching of neurology residents and fellows. She is board certified in Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (2008) and board certified in Sleep Medicine (2011). Dr. Shelton’s research is primarily focused on sleep problems in children with neuro-developmental disorders (NDD). Further, Dr. Shelton believes it is important to talk about the psychosocial aspects of living with narcolepsy.

Beth A. Malow, MD, MS

Dr. Malow is Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics, Director of the Vanderbilt Sleep Division, holds the Burry Endowed Chair in Cognitive Childhood Development, and serves as Vice Chair for Clinical Research in the Department of Neurology. She is board certified in neurology and Sleep Medicine and her research has emphasized the interface of sleep and epilepsy, autism, and related disorders of neurodevelopment. In addition, Dr. Malow serves on the Sleep Research Society’s Advocacy Task Force and is passionate about the power of raising our voices together to advance science and medicine.

Diana Anderson, PA-C

Diana lives in Knoxville, TN, and was diagnosed with narcolepsy type 2 at the age of 34. She had symptoms for 10 years before receiving the diagnosis of narcolepsy. She has a 4-year-old son and works full time as a physician assistant. Diana is a dedicated advocate for individuals with sleep disorders and a trained speaker with Project Sleep’s Rising Voices program.

Matthew Horsnell

Matthew Horsnell is a father of three, amateur strength athlete, and science nerd who incorporates invertebrate fossils into rock sculptures. He was diagnosed as having narcolepsy with cataplexy 14 years ago and is now a strong advocate for the sleep community and is continually involved with various awareness and legislative advocacy efforts. He is a trained speaker with Project Sleep’s Rising Voices leadership program and a support group facilitator with Wake Up Narcolepsy.

Julie Flygare, JD

Julie is the president & CEO of Project Sleep and the award-winning author of Wide Awake and Dreaming: A Memoir of Narcolepsy.  She is the creator of the NARCOLEPSY: NOT ALONE campaign and co-founder of the Jack & Julie Narcolepsy Scholarship. Julie shares her story around the world and is now training a new generation of speakers through Project Sleep’s Rising Voices program.

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