Neurology Today features a great article highlighting narcolepsy research developments with leading researcher Dr. Thomas Scammell (of Harvard Medical School and Beth Isreal Deaconess).
Dr. Scammell’s dedication to narcolepsy research is inspiring. During our presentations together at Harvard Medical School, his eyes light up when he describes the advancements made and challenges remaining towards unraveling the mysteries of narcolepsy and sleep.
This article highlights Dr. Scammell’s current understanding of the orexin/hypocretin system as a stabilizer between wakefulness and sleep. It also describes the next steps towards advancing research and treatment. The technical terms can be daunting, but I love reading articles like this, if even just to re-affirm the simplest of simple concepts: narcolepsy is real.
Read: Narcolepsy and Cataplexy Circuitry Become Clearer After a Decade of Research by Richard Robinson, Neurology Today, Nov. 1, 2012.