The science of sleep is focus of Aug. 6 Omaha Science Cafe

The science of sleep is the focus of the next Omaha Science Café on Tuesday, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m. at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St.

Michael Summers, M.D., an assistant professor in internal medicine in the division of pulmonary, critical care, sleep and allergy at UNMC College of Medicine, is the featured speaker. His presentation replaces the previously announced Science Café on how the brain works, which has been canceled.

Dr. Summers currently serves as the medical director of the Sleep Disorders Center at the Nebraska Medical Center.

He received his medical degree from UNMC and went on to complete residency training in internal medicine, as well as fellowships in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Maine Medical Center. He completed sleep medicine fellowship training at Rush University in Chicago, where he stayed on staff for three years, serving as the associate fellowship program director.

Summers’ clinical interests include disorders of hypersomnolence, sleep breathing disorders, and restless leg syndrome. He has presented associated topics nationally for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Science Cafés involve a face-to-face conversation with a scientist about current science topics. They are open to everyone (21 and older), and take place in casual settings like pubs and coffeehouses. Each meeting is organized around an interesting topic of conversation. A scientist gives a brief presentation followed by a question-and-answer period.

Pizza will be provided by The Nebraska Coalition for Lifesaving Cures for the first 50 people. For more information about Science Cafes, go to www.unmc.edu/sciencecafe.

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Lisa Spellman
UNMC Public Relations
(402) 559-4353