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Tempur Sealy looks at latest sleep science developments

UNC School of Medicine program hosting symposium

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Tempur Sealy International employees are participating in A Day of Sleep symposium here today designed to give them insights into the latest developments in sleep science.

The program is part of a partnership between the bedding producer and the country's only bachelor's degree program for sleep clinicians to drive insight, innovation and treatments for how people spend one third of their lives, officials said.

Tempur Sealy International is working with the University of North Carolina School of Medicine's Neurodiagnostics and Sleep Science program, which it says shares Tempur Sealy's dedication to advancing the science of sleep.

"Tempur Sealy International is proud to have been a Platinum Partner of the NDSS program for the past two years as we work together to sponsor the education and training of clinicians, administrators and educators in the treatment of sleep disorders and funding for sleep research. The University of North Carolina's NDSS faculty and students share our never-ending passion for investment in research and development and treatments for better sleep," said Dan Query, senior vice president of global product development at Tempur Sealy International.

The first annual, daylong symposium is taking place on the campus of UNC Chapel Hill.

Students and faculty sleep experts will provide continuing education and idea generation with Tempur Sealy employees through a series of lectures and collaboration on innovation.

In addition to A Day of Sleep, Tempur Sealy also supports a variety of initiatives such as webinars by sleep medicine experts, as well as annual scholarships for sleep science students affiliated with the UNC School of Medicine. The Tempur Sealy scholarship recipients for 2013-2014 will be recognized at the symposium.

"We are fortunate to have a partnership with Tempur Sealy that enables us to offer this symposium, a unique opportunity for UNC NDSS students to collaborate and share knowledge with sleep researchers outside the academic setting. Our partnership is a great example of innovative teaching and learning, and a win-win for both UNC and Tempur Sealy," said Mary Ellen Wells, clinical assistant professor, Department of Allied Health Sciences, and director, UNC Charlotte Neurodiagnostics and Sleep Science Program, UNC School of Medicine.

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