The annual Aldrich Lecture honors Michael S. Aldrich, M.D. (1949-2000) is presented by the Sleep Disorders Center. In 1985, Dr. Aldrich founded the first University of Michigan Sleep Disorders Center, in the Department of Neurology. He made seminal contributions to the development of a new medical field that has grown to have substantial public health impact. Widely known for his work on narcolepsy, Dr. Aldrich was a consummate clinician, educator, and researcher. The Aldrich Lecture celebrates his vision and achievement, which laid the foundations for one of the most highly respected sleep medicine programs nationally.