Associazione Italiana di Medicina del Sonno (AIMS)

Italian Sleep Medicine Society


Dr. Raffaele Ferri

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

Foundation year



The AIMS activities are detailed in the web site (, which contains main information for both patients and physicians, links to all the major International sleep scientific societies andsleep journals, reports from different national Committees, guidelines, recommendations and official documents produced by the Society, local/national and international forthcoming meetings on sleep.

Number of members


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

AIMS has a clear multidisciplinary spirit, with regular members belonging to different medical and surgical specialties, including neurology, pulmonology, psychiatry, ENT, cardiology, pediatrics, child neurology, dentistry, and psychology.

Historical perspective of the society

The Italian Sleep Medicine Association (AIMS) is a scientific multidisciplinary society founded in 1990 by Prof. Elio Lugaresi and other Italian clinical sleep researchers. The first AIMS Congress was held in Bologna in 1991. The society’s goals aim to spread knowledge on sleep medicine, promote research programs and organize epidemiological surveys in the sleep field.

Important sleep physicians / researchers in the history of the NSS

The current officers are Raffaele Ferri (President), Francesco Fanfulla (Vice President), Federica Provini (Secretary), and Carolina Lombardi (Treasurer).
Previous Presidents were Elio Lugaresi (Founder), Salvatore Smirne, Francomichele Puca, Mario Giovanni Terzano, Fabio Cirignotta, Luigi Ferini-Strambi, Franco Ferrillo, Gian Luigi Gigli, and Liborio Parrino.

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

Several Centers of different levels of complexity (multidisciplinary, pulmonary-oriented and pediatric-oriented) have been accredited. They are distributed all over the country. ( )

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

Accreditation / Certification procedure

Since 1995, AIMS offers a program of accreditation for Sleep Medicine Centers, based on expertise, appropriate instrumentation and clinical management of sleep disorders, and was preceded by teaching courses, training in multidisciplinary Sleep Centers and examination for the certification of the “Medical Sleep Expert”.

Educational programs

The society’s goals aim to spread knowledge on sleep medicine, promote research programs and organize epidemiological surveys on the sleep field. One of the major projects is continuous medical education and training courses to develop new Sleep Medicine Centers across the country. In this perspective, AIMS has started in 2014 a 2nd-level post-doctoral University Master on Sleep Medicine, open to medical doctors.
Since 1997, AIMS organizes yearly a one-week residential Sleep Course for physicians, dentists, psychologists and technicians including formal lessons, clinical practice with sleep scoring, discussion of clinical cases, practice on diagnostic and therapeutic devices.

Present activities, working groups, task forces

Since 1992, AIMS organizes yearly a national Sleep Congress in different cities, usually where an accredited Sleep Center operates regularly. This event leads sleep physicians to share and debate new clinical and research data, meet experts from other countries and most of all offers the opportunity for young
investigators to present updated results of trials and studies. The elections for the new board and executive committee of the Society are held every three years, on the occasion of the national Congress.
We have several active permanent and at-term Committees approaching different clinical, research, social and public themes and providing documents and guidelines for the Association, public and Institutions.


In 2010, the Italian Society for Dental Sleep Medicine (SIMSO) has been founded under the endorsement of AIMS.