Founder Bio

Laura Jane Evert’s artwork is often born in those moments she spends in an undetermined yet familiar place somewhere between dreams and the reality of wakefulness. She was diagnosed with the sleep/wake disorder narcolepsy in 1995, just before the age of 26. The scientific importance of narcolepsy is that it is a sleep disorder that blurs the lines between seep and wakefulness caused by malfunctions in the primary brain mechanism that induce normal sleep. Understanding and curing this disorder will inevitably advance our understanding of the proccesses of sleep and wakefulness. (See book The Promise of Sleep by William C. Dement, MD, PhD of Stanford University.)

Orexin is a neuropeptide that regulates arousal, wakefulness, and appetite. It is lacking in the brain of a person with narcolepsy caused by destruction of cells that produce it.