Narcolepsy Network’s annual conference brings people with narcolepsy (PWNs) and their supporters together to hear from some of the world’s leading narcolepsy specialists and to share experiences with one another. The Hyatt Regency Minneapolis will host the 2015 conference, October 9-11, and registration is now open.

For those who attend, one of the most anticipated parts of the weekend is the time spent 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 450 people attended the 2014 conference in Denver.

The conference features workshops and presentations on a range of subjects. Attendees learn about treatments, get support from other PWNs, and hear the latest research developments. The keynote speaker is Emmanuel Mignot, MD, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University and director of the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine.

Other confirmed speakers include narcolepsy specialists Drs Lois Krahn (Mayo Clinic), Chad Ruoff (Stanford University), and Todd Swick (Houston Sleep & Neurology Associates); researchers Dr Florian Merkle (Harvard University) and Mali Einen (Stanford University); and sleep and dreaming expert Dr Rubin Naiman (University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine). Many more speakers will be added. The conference will also offer sessions especially for children and young adults with narcolepsy.