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(from L-R: Professor Fred Turek, guest lecturer from Northwestern University; Professor Marcos Frank, Research Assistant Professor Jason Gerstner, Associate Professor Jonathan Wisor and Clinical Assistant Professor Christopher Davis)

Who says sleep researchers are all work and no play? These five awakened early one morning last week at Hill’s Resort on Priest Lake in northern Idaho for some fishing, a respite among three days of discussions at the first-ever WSU Sleep and Performance Research Center retreat.

A good part of the three-day meeting (the first day was held at WSU Spokane) was spent developing and critiquing proposals for grant funding to support research. Senior investigators mentored junior faculty, post-doctorate researchers, graduate students and technicians.

Research Professor Gregory Belenky, who founded the Sleep and Performance Research Center and directed it until earlier this year, was presented with a plaque and a lectureship that bears his name. The first speaker of the lecture series was Turek, a leading circadian clock researcher who founded Northwestern’s Center for Sleep and Circadian Biology 20 years ago.

Davis reports the retreat was a big success because it provided good training opportunities and scientific discussions and a chance to develop collaborations and get to know new colleagues. The fishing was pretty good too.