ESRS Newsletter April 2016

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

Dear ESRS and ANSS members, Colleagues and Friends,

I was mentioning in the December 2015 letter that we are living in a difficult world exposed to various threats, including shocking terrorist attacks. Unfortunately this is not an obsolete statement. More terrorist attacks took place in several countries in the past months, and I express, here, my sincere sympathy to all of you who were directly or indirectly affected by these events. Also, we cannot forget the people in more distant countries who are exposed to unacceptable threats on nearly a daily basis, yet only barely attract the attention of the media.

REPORTS OF THE ESRS COMMITTEES

ESRS Scientific Committee (SC)

Since the previous report, the selection of the symposium sessions for the Bologna meeting has been finalised, and the symposia have been scheduled within the Scientific Programme. The programme schedule was kept similar to the one in Tallinn in 2014 in order to reduce the number of parallel symposia, thereby minimising potential clashes between competing areas of interest.

ESRS Sleep Medicine Committee (SMC)

The Sleep Medicine Committee passed the preparation of the examination for ESRS somnologists and sleep technologists over to the Education committee. With this transition, many members of the Sleep Medicine Committee became members of the Education committee and are busy in the preparation of the examination which is no longer managed by Congrex.

ESRS Education Committee (EduCom)

The Somnologist examination has now been further processed by the Examination Subcommittee. The examination for Somnologists and Technologists will be kept in Bologna on September 13th. The online application was open from 1 February – 31 March 2016. Altogether, 205 applications were obtained by the deadline.

ESRS EU Committee

The main aims of the Committee are: i) to bring the topics of “sleep” and “sleep disorders” to the attention of  the EU in order to receive support for research and teaching activities; ii) to promote sleep-related issues from a political point of view at a European and National level.

A major achievement over the past few months was the finalization, in collaboration with the Assembly of the National Sleep Societies (ANSS), of a document aimed at proposing “Sleep and Sleep Disorders” as a topic for Horizon 2020 upcoming call 2018-19.

ESRS Early Career Researcher Network (ECRN)

The ECRN is excited to announce the program for the first Early Career Day to be held at the next ESRS conference in Bologna, 2016. Please remember to sign up for this event at the ESRS, free for all early career ESRS members. The preliminary program for the event is shown below which will take place on Tuesday, September 13 from 12.30 – 16.30. The event will focus on the skills needed for all early career researchers – with talks related to professional development and presentation skills.

REPORTS OF THE EUROPEAN NETWORKS

European Narcolepsy Network (EU-NN)

EU-NN has been growing since 2015 and counts 43 members from 17 European countries. Together with these members, the database – the heart of EU-NN – has been growing to up to more than 1400 prospective cases. Twenty to fifty new cases and follow-up cases are entered into the database monthly.

REPORT OF THE ASSEMBLY OF NATIONAL SLEEP SOCIETIES (ANSS)

The Annual Meeting of the ANSS will take place in Brussels, Belgium (April 28-30 2016). The meeting will take place at the Marivaux Hotel.

Despite the negative international events, the ESRS Board and the ANSS Executive Committee unanimously decided to keep the meeting in Brussels as planned. The decision has been extensively approved by all European Presidents (or their representatives) who have booked and confirmed their attendance (so far, the local organizer Johan Verbraecken has collected a total of 35 participants).

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF THE JOURNAL OF SLEEP RESEARCH

The ESRS board of the European Sleep Research Society is calling for nominations for the position of Editor-in-Chief of the Society’s flagship publication, Journal of Sleep Research (JSR). This appointment will officially begin January 1, 2017 for one five-year term, after a transition period organized between the current and new Editor-in-Chiefs. The Editor-in-Chief will be allocated editorial assistance and an allowance for expenses.

RECIPIENTS OF ESRS TRAVEL GRANTS 2016

The ESRS Research Networking Committee is pleased to announce that one ESRS Short-term Research Fellowship (fellowship for three months) and two ESRS Two-Week Training Grants have been awarded for the year 2016 within the  programme developed to promote the travel of young sleep researchers in order to learn a specific technique or methodology in an experienced laboratory belonging to the ESRS Network of Sleep Research Laboratories.

UPDATE ON ESRS CONGRESS ACTIVITIES

ESRS 2016
Preparations for the ESRS 2016 meeting in Bologna, 13 - 16 September 2016 are going well, and we look forward to an exciting meeting.

The Scientific Programme is online at www.esrs-congress.eu . We are proud to have Prof. Anita Luthi, Atul Malhotra, Prof. Liborio Parrino, Prof. Joan Santamaria and Prof. Eus van Someren as 5 outstanding keynote speakers. The scientific programme will also include symposia, teaching courses, video and case discussion sessions, round table discussions, oral and poster sessions and a new network session for Early Career European Sleep Researchers.

SLEEP MEDICINE TEXTBOOK

Editors:    Claudio Bassetti, Zoran Dogas, Philippe Peigneux
Publisher: European Sleep Research Society (ESRS)

The Sleep Medicine Textbook provides comprehensive, all-in-one educational material (550 pages) structured around the Catalogue of knowledge and skills for sleep medicine (Penzel et al. 2014, Journal of Sleep Research).

NATIONAL SLEEP SOCIETY HIGHLIGHT SERIES

Interview with the President of the Italian Association of Sleep Medicine (AIMS), Dr. Raffaele Ferri

Dear Dr. Ferri, what is the status of the accreditation procedures for sleep medicine experts? Can you explain how the procedure works?

Since 1997, AIMS has appointed the accreditation of “Sleep Medicine Expert” to doctors that pass a careful exam, held annually the day before the beginning of the annual Congress, and consisting of three parts: 1) a questionnaire composed by 50 questions on basic Sleep sciences, cardiorespiratory Sleep medicine, hypersomnias, insomnia and circadian rhythm disorders, sleep-related movement disorders and parasomnias; 2) a practical test on reading and scoring PSG for staging, phasic event detection and quantification, analysis of cardio-respiratory signals and analysis of other PSG features, such as neurovegetative and motor events; and 3) the discussion of a clinical case proposed by the candidate and by the examiners.

NEWS FROM THE RUSSIAN SLEEP SOCIETY

Taking into account the recommendation of ANSS/ESRS to band scientific and clinical sleep societies in Russia, a group of 8 people, including Profs. Vladimir Kovalzon, Gennadiy Kovrov, Genrikh Oganessyan and Nikolay Yakhno, founded a novel non-commercial organization, Association “National Somnological Society” (Russia) and got an official paper of its registration by the Ministry of Justice on June, 8, 2015. All official Russian documents are shown on the society’s website (http://sleepsociety.ru). On November, 23, the board of the Russian Society of Somnologists (the Somnology Section of the Pavlovian Physiological Society under the Russian Academy of Sciences), a member of ANSS/ESRS, made the decision to merge into the National Somnological Society, so the professional somnological society, including the representatives from both fundamental science and sleep medicine, has finally been formed and obtained its legal status. We intend to hold the first business meeting of the new society at the end of January, 2016, when the new board of directors will be elected. Now, the new society is temporarily led by a working group of 9 researchers and medical doctors, among them: M.Agaltsov (Moscow), E.Verbitsky (Rostov-on-Don), V.Dorokhov (Moscow), A.Kalinkin (Moscow), L.Korosovtseva (S.-Petersburg), E.Rutskova (Moscow), Yu.Sviriayev (S.-Petersburg), and chaired by V.Kovalzon and G.Kovrov. We decided not to change our “European name,” the Russian Society of Somnologists, and apply to accept our new society as a successor of the previous one and a member of ANSS/ESRS. Our old website www.sleep.ru is also alive and regularly updated. We continue to inform the ANSS/ESRS officials as things develop.

Vladimir M.Kovalzon, Ph.D.

OXFORD ONLINE PROGRAMME IN SLEEP MEDICINE

The Oxford Online Programme in Sleep Medicine (MSc/PGDip) is open for applications (October 2016 intake).
 
We are very excited to inform you that our online programme is now open and we very much look forward to receiving applications.
 
Please apply here for the MSc in Sleep Medicine

  • We will be holding interviews for the MSc on June 20th and/or June 21st and would ask for all completed applications to reach us by Friday May 27th.
  • Applications received after this date will be considered subject to availability

Please apply here for the PGDip in Sleep Medicine

  • We would ask for completed applications to reach us by Friday May 27th
  • Applications received after this date will be considered subject to availability.

Prof Colin A. Espie BSc, MAppSci, PhD, DSc, FBPsS, CPsychol, CSci
Professor of Sleep Medicine
University of Oxford
sleepmedicine@ndcn.ox.ac.uk 

ESRS SPONSORED EVENTS AND ENDORSED TRAINING / COURSES

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EVENTS OF AFFILIATED NATIONAL SLEEP SOCIETIES

NEW MEMBERS

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