Dr. Clifford Saper, the James Jackson Putnam professor of neurology and neuroscience at Harvard Medical School and chairman of the Harvard Department of Neurology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, was welcomed as the 2009 – 2010 president of the Sleep Research Society during the SRS General Membership Meeting this afternoon at SLEEP 2009.
Saper said that in the year ahead the SRS will continue to meet the educational needs of its diverse membership, promote the development of young scientists, encourage involvement in the membership sections, and support research grants for members through the SRS Foundation. He also announced that two of his personal goals as SRS president will be to marshal long-term grant support for the sleep field and to help forge a national network for sleep clinical studies.
Earlier in the meeting the 2009 – 2010 SRS board of directors was introduced. Joining Saper as officers are past president Dr. Michael Vitiello, president-elect Dr. James Walsh, and secretary-treasurer Dr. Ronald Szymusiak.
Dr. David Rye, Dr. Gina Poe and Dr. Sean Drummond were introduced as newly elected directors at large, and Sara Nowakowski was welcomed as the new trainee member at large.
Then past president Dr. Eric Nofzinger, Dr. Ronald Chervin, Dr. Susan Redline, and trainee Eliza Van Reen were recognized for completing their terms on the board of directors.
The meeting also included the recognition of outgoing Membership Committee chair Dr. Bob Strecker, and a report from secretary-treasurer Szymusiak. Then Vitiello presented the 2009 SRS Young Investigator Award to three members: Dr. Sara Aton, Dr. Georgina Cano and Dr. Thien Thanh Dang-Vu
Vitiello followed with his president’s report, highlighting SRS initiatives from the past year. He then gave Saper a gavel to symbolize the transfer of leadership.