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Remembering The Stanford Sleep Camp - The Jerry House Event

by A Student

On January 28, 2012, an event was held at the Jerry House at Stanford University to commemorate the sleep research done there by Mary Carskadon and William Dement, our professor. The sleep studies done at the Jerry House were vital to the future of learning about sleep since it allowed for not only researching nighttime sleep, but also researching the individuals during the day.

During the Jerry House event, not only were delicious snacks such as finger sandwiches, cake, and fruit served, but a plaque was unveiled honoring the contributions and successes of Dr. Dement and Dr. Carskadon in sleep while honoring the significance of the studies as well. Without the Jerry House, Dr. Dement, or Mary Carskadon, who knows where the field of sleep would be right now. There would be less information available, leading to its lack of progression, and we might have not known as much as we know now about sleep deprivation, narcolepsy, etc. It is only right for them to be honored after all their hard work and dedication that focused around unveiling the truths about sleep and leading the world out of its ignorance regarding sleep.

They were some of the pioneers that shaped the field of sleep and should not be taken for granted. The fact that it took place at the Jerry House allows for one to see more of an emotional effect since it was such an important place for Dr. Dement and Mary Carskadon. They are being honored where it all began. It allows one to reflect on the past and how far these two individuals have come in such a short amount of time. Without them, who knows where the field of sleep would be right now.

More about the Sleep Camp:
Recollections Of The Stanford Sleep Camp - An Interview With Dr. Kim Harvey
Stanford summer-camp researchers reunite and recall a long, strange trip - San Jose Mercury News
Attending Mary Carskadon's Plaque Presentation at the Jerry House - A Student's Perspective

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