Magyar Alvástársaság

Hungarian Sleep Research Society


Prof. Dr. Zoltan Szakacs

Presentation held during the ANSS meeting in:
Brussels, Belgium, 28. - 30.04.2016 (PDF)

Foundation year


Number of members


Composition of members (degree, specialties, subspecialties, etc.)

Approximately: 35% Neurologists, 22% Pneumologists,19% specialist in internal medicine, 11% Psychiatrists, 5%Psychologis, 4% Pediatricians and 4% Dentists.

Historical perspective of the society

The society was founded in Budapest in 1979. with the aim of organizing sleep medicine in Hungary, establishing competent Sleep Medicine Centres (SMC), providing the technical, organizational and personnel requirements for the operation of these centres, preparing advanced professional recommendations considered to be the basis of quality assurance in the fields of diagnostic and
therapeutic procedures and having such recommendations recognized. Its first president was Prof. P. Halász.

Important sleep physicians / researchers in the history of the NSS

Clinical research: Péter Halász, Köves Péter, Péter Rajna, Márta Novák, Mária Várszegi, Róbert Bódizs, Katalin Várdi Visy and Béla Faludi.
Basic research: Ferenc Obál, György Benedek, György Ádám and László Détári

Number of Sleep Medicine Centers (link to their titles and locations)

Number of Sleep Research Centers (link to their titles and locations)

Accreditation / Certification procedure

Following the guidelines of the European Sleep Research Society, the accreditation procedure of Hungarian sleep research laboratories was started in 2005. The Accreditation Committee established by the management audits the laboratories every 2 years and judges new applications by rating them in three categories: fully complies with SMC requirements, complies with SMC requirements with corrections, failed to comply.
The training of somnologists and sleep technicians were therefore initiated in compliance with the guidelines issued by the European Sleep Research Society in 2009. A Committee for postgraduate training in Sleep Medicine was established which organizes training and examinations for medical specialists. The committee defined the requirements for theoretical and practical knowledge and elaborated the questions for the theoretical and practical examinations.

Educational programs

Educational workshops are organized at the annual meetings and credit points are provided.

Present activities, working groups, task forces

Our domestic activity includes the organizing of annual conferences, forums of further training, publication of reports and books on theoretical and practical knowledge in sleep medicine. The research results performed in Hungarian institutes are also published. The annual meeting includes training courses, a forum for exchange of experiences and the endorsement of co-operation between the participants of the network (somnologists, medical specialists, family doctors, sleep research technicians and specialized medical technicians). The highlighted subjects of these conferences are chosen to match the current fields of importance. Since 1999, further training activities in Sleep Medicine have been organized by the Semmelweis University of Budapest and conducted for medical specialists in the Honvédkórház ÁEK (Military Hospital – State Health Centre).