Wake Up Narcolepsy (WUN) is dedicated to accelerating the pace of medical discovery in narcolepsy toward  greater understanding of the cause of the disease, development of improved treatment, and a cure. WUN advances narcolepsy research by directly funding the work of the world’s most respected scientific investigators.

Wake Up Narcolepsy welcomes applications for narcolepsy research grants from qualified scientific investigators. Click here to access a grant application.

WUN’s Key Contributions to Research

WUN Continues Research Funding at Harvard University, December 1, 2014 (.pdf)

WUN Awards Another $50,000 to Dr. Emmanuel Mignot, Noted Stanford University Researcher, July 3, 2014 (.pdf)

WUN Donates $20,000 for Narcolepsy Research at Harvard and Stanford Universities, January 8, 2014 (.pdf)

WUN Funds Research at Stanford, Harvard, Sick Kids Hospital, August 26, 2013 (.pdf)

WUN Continues Research Funding for Advanced Research on Narcolepsy, July 30, 2012 (.pdf)

WUN Funds Research into Cataplexy and Gene Therapy, Oct 28, 2011

WUN Advances Research Into Genetic and Environmental Factors Causing Narcolepsy, Oct 24, 2011

Wake Up Narcolepsy Advances Vital Research in 2010, December 2010

WUN Supports Dr. Mignot’s Research Into Possibility of Narcolepsy as Autoimmune Disorder, December 1, 2009

Wake Up Narcolepsy Supports Cutting-Edge Local Research, August 1, 2009


Research News

Unrestricted WUN Grants Lead to Unexpected Breakthroughs in Narcolepsy Research, Sleep Review Magazine, Dec. 21, 2014

Jerry Siegel, PhD: Role of Hypocretin (Orexin) in Narcolepsy, Parkinson’s and Normal Beha, November 21, 2014

Patent Application: Methods for Inducing Orexin Neurons and Agent for Treating Narcolepsy or Eating Disorders, November 27, 2014

Patent Application: Treatment of Sleep-Wake Disorders, November 27, 2014

The Clinical Spectrum of Narcolepsy with Cataplexy: A Reappraisal, Journal of Sleep Research, December 2013

Increased Mortality in Narcolepsy, Sleep, 37:3

Delayed Diagnosis of Narcolepsy: Characterization and Impact, Sleep Medicine, February 2014

The Burden of Narcolepsy Disease (BOND) Study: Health-care Utilization and Cost Findings, Sleep Medicine, May 2014

New Stanford Study Paves the Way to a Diagnostic Blood Test for Narcolepsy, Huffington Post Healthy Living, February 24, 2014

CD4+ T Cell Autoimmunity to Hypocretin/Orexin and Cross-Reactivity to a 2009 H1N1 Influenza A Epitope in Narcolepsy, www.ScienceTranslationalMedicine.org, December 18, 2013

New Research at SLEEP 2013 Demonstrates People with Narcolepsy Face Significant Health and Economic Burden and High Rates of Misdiagnosis, Jazz Pharmaceuticals Press Release, June 5, 2013  (.pdf)