Neuroscientist named sleep society’s distinguished scientist

PULLMAN — James M. Krueger, a professor of neuroscience at Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, received the 2006 Distinguished Scientist Award at the Sleep Research Society’s annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

The Distinguished Scientist Award is the highest award presented by the society. Awarded annually, it is presented for significant, original and sustained contributions to the study of sleep. Krueger’s current research is focused on the biochemical regulation of sleep, the relationships between sleep and infectious disease, and how the brain is organized to produce sleep.

“This prestigious award acknowledges Dr. Krueger is without a doubt one of the world’s top sleep researchers,” said Warwick Bayly, dean of WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine. “His contributions to sleep research have successfully challenged and refined sleep theory and revealed vital new discoveries in brain organization as well as the role of sleep in the infectious disease process. We are extraordinarily fortunate to have Dr. Krueger working in WSU’s internationally recognized neuroscience program.”   

Krueger is the recipient of several previous awards, including a Doctorem Medicinae Causa from the University of Szeged; a Senator Jacob Javits Award in the Neurosciences from NIH/NINDS, the Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Research at WSU and the Board of Trustees Research Award at the Chicago Medical School.

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