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Societies (APSS) abstract deadline is approaching and the New Year is just around the corner. This issue of the Bulletin contains a wealth of news for you about activities of the SRS leadership and committees, who are working hard to provide services and create opportunities for our membership. I would like to thank all of the committee members and chairs, and section heads, for their hard work to achieve their respective objectives, and their efforts to keep us all well informed of their significant progress.
At our November Board of Directors Meeting, we discussed the importance of communication with and among the membership of our society. We were united in our commitment to work with the Membership and Communications Committee and the technology experts at society headquarters to make our website a more interactive and effective platform for members to share information with one another on current initiatives and new opportunities. To facilitate communication between the society leadership and members, we have set up a “President’s Blog” that will have regular updates comprising opinions, visions and ideas. This section of the website is now active, and I have posted a welcome message that includes population density maps to show you where our U.S. and international members are located.
In these tight fiscal times, resources are more difficult to access, making it a challenge to get new research and education programs off the ground. Getting our message to the general public about the importance of sleep and circadian biology for the overall health and wellness of the population needs to be a priority for us, now more than ever. As a mechanism to achieve this aim, we joined with the American Academy of Sleep Medicine to respond to a call for proposals from the CDC to implement a collaborative program uniting stakeholders to increase public awareness about the importance of sleep. We are happy to report that this application was successful, and the program is taking shape as initial meetings are underway to launch the “National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project.” I will be using the SRS Updates and the SRS website to keep you posted on the progress of the project, so please expect to receive more details soon.
The Sleep Research Society, your premier society dedicated to research and research education, wants to hear from its members about initiatives you have launched and tools you have to share, so that we can maximize efficiencies by sharing resources. As we build networks and toolkits, CORES and partnerships, I invite you to share the information with others, so that our members benefit and grow stronger as a community of sleep and circadian researchers. Watch the SRS website as opportunities to share information become live over the coming weeks.
I wish you all success with your SLEEP 2014 abstract submissions, and I hope that your hard work is followed by a joyful holiday break and a Happy New Year.
Janet Mullington, PhD