The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) is now accepting nominations for its 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award. The nominees will have distinguished themselves based on professional productivity and demonstrated leadership in the sleep medicine and/or sleep research fields that has been sustained over a long period of time.

The nominees will have made outstanding contributions in one or more of the following areas: original research; development and/or leadership of an enduring or effective program, organization, or department; volunteering to lead and develop public and professional organizations; mentoring; teaching; policy initiatives and advocacy; additional activities that have clearly advanced sleep science, sleep medicine, or the public health related to sleep; and other contributions that the National Sleep Foundation Board of Directors may deem appropriate.

The NSF mission is dedicated to improving sleep health and safety by achieving greater awareness of sleep and sleep disorders through education and advocacy. In keeping with the NSF mission, nominees need not be clinicians or researchers. The winner will be required to accept the award at the NSF Annual Awards Dinner on March 2, 2012, in Washington, DC. The NSF Board of Directors will consider all qualified candidates and select the winner. The nominations deadline is Friday, May 13, 2011. For nomination instructions, visit "Call for 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award Nominations.”