WESTCHESTER, IL – To encourage an interest in sleep medicine and sleep research at the high school level, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine is sponsoring the 2009 – 2010 AASM High School Topical Review in Sleep Science Contest. This contest recognizes excellence in the understanding of scientific research and in the preparation of a topical review paper related to sleep.

“My interest in the fields of sleep medicine and sleep research was supported at an early age,” said AASM President Dr. Clete Kushida. “I’m committed to exploring ways to introduce the field of sleep to our youth, and this contest is an excellent opportunity to introduce students to some of the fascinating aspects of sleep and sleep disorders.”
The contest is open to high school juniors and seniors in the U.S. Entrants must be sponsored by their science teacher and must prepare an original topical review paper in one of 12 subject areas, including sleep deprivation, insomnia, sleep related breathing disorders, drowsy driving and sleep science.
The first-place student and one parent or guardian will receive a three-day/two-night trip to San Antonio, Texas, where they will attend the SLEEP 2010 24th Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC. The contest winner also will receive a $1,000 U.S. savings bond.
Prizes also will be awarded for second and third place, as well as for honorable mention, and all award recipients will have their paper posted on the AASM Web site at www.sleepeducation.com. All recognized papers will be considered for publication in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, the official publication of the AASM and a leading scientific journal in the field of sleep.
All entries for the 2009 – 2010 AASM High School Topical Review in Sleep Science Contest must be received by Friday, Jan. 15, 2010. Complete details and a contest entry form are available online at http://www.sleepeducation.com/Article.aspx?id=1434.
The AASM is a professional membership organization dedicated to the advancement of sleep medicine and sleep-related research. As the national accrediting body for sleep disorders centers and laboratories for sleep related breathing disorders, the AASM promotes the highest standards of patient care.
The latest findings in sleep research will be presented at the SLEEP 2010 24rdAnnual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas, from June 7 to 9, 2010.