ESRS Newsletter December 2015

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

Dear ESRS and ANSS members, Colleagues and Friends,

We are living in a difficult world exposed to various threats ranging from horrific terrorist attacks to dramatic climate changes, threats relayed and amplified by modern mass media. All these situations require pondered and appropriate decisions that neither underestimate nor overemphasize the problems at stake. As we all know in the sleep research and sleep medicine community, a well-rested individual makes far better decisions than a sleep-deprived one, whose brain efficiency is altered.


REPORTS OF THE ESRS COMMITTEES

ESRS Scientific Committee (SC)

Since the previous report, the Scientific Committee has received and reviewed all the submitted symposium proposals for the forthcoming congress in Bologna. The Scientific Committee also proposed nominations for keynote speakers, speakers for the joint EBRS/ESRS symposium, and subjects and speakers for teaching courses. 

ESRS Sleep Medicine Committee (SMC)

The Sleep Medicine Committee organized the fourth examination for ESRS somnologists and the second grandparent examination for sleep technologists in Barcelona during the ESRS / ERS Sleep and Breathing congress on the 15th of April 2015. Most people passed the exam. Now, the exam has been passed over to the Education Committee, and there it will be further developed. 

ESRS Education Committee (EduCom)

The EDU committee met during the WSF2015 in Istanbul as a joint meeting with the SMC. The discussion focused on planning and developing the ESRS Somnologist and Technologist examinations, to be organized next time at the ESRS meeting in Bologna on Sept. 13, 2016.

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.

The main achievements from the past few months were the meetings, in October 2015, of an ESRS delegation, made by Philippe Peigneux, Pierre Hervé Luppi, and Roberto Amici, with two Officers of the European Commission in Brussels.   

ESRS Early Career Researcher Network (ECRN)

During the successful World Sleep meeting in Istanbul, the ECRN were proud to host the Early Career Scientist Symposium. The symposium comprised four speakers who were Ph.D students or within 10 years of Ph.D completion. Jelena Mrdalji, Rosa Maria Bruno, Jeffrey Hubbard and Jason Amatoury all gave insightful presentations. The ECRN executive committee would like to congratulate the speakers on their excellent talks and recognise the strong caliber of the ECR abstract submissions from which the symposium speakers were selected. Thank you to everyone who came to support the symposium. 

REPORTS OF THE EUROPEAN NETWORKS

European Insomnia Network (EIN)

The last meeting of the European Insomnia Network took place from 17 September to 19 September 2015 in Freiburg, Germany. More than 20 researchers and clinicians from several European countries attended the meeting, which had a two day agenda comprised of several talks focussing on different aspects of insomnia. 

European Narcolepsy Network (EU-NN)

The core of the EU-NN is the database, which is growing by 20-50 new cases per month. So far, 1300 cases have been included. 858 cases had been validated by November and thus meet high quality standards. 

REPORT OF THE ASSEMBLY OF NATIONAL SLEEP SOCIETIES (ANSS)

The ANSS Executive Committee (EC) is preparing next year’s agenda. The main details will be defined during a dedicated meeting in Oporto (January 2016), but city and dates of the next ANSS encounter have already been established (Brussels, 28-30 April 2016). The location was selected because it can offer an excellent opportunity to interact with EU officers and recover the diplomatic linkages opened by the Wake-Up-Bus experience.

5th ESRS EXAMINATION IN SLEEP MEDICINE

The European Sleep Research Society (ESRS) Board is pleased to announce the
5th Examination of the Certification in Sleep Medicine.

3rd ESRS TECHNOLOGIST EXAMINATION IN SLEEP MEDICINE

The European Sleep Research Society (ESRS) Board is pleased to announce the
3rd Examination of Certification in Sleep Medicine for Sleep Technologists.

CALL 2016 FOR ESRS FELLOWSHIP AND ESRS TRAINING GRANT APPLICATIONS

The ESRS Board has established a fund to support early career researchers within Europe. In 2016, a maximum of seven projects will be financed. The deadline for applications is 31 January 2016.

UPDATE ON THE ESRS 2016 CONGRESS (BOLOGNA, SEP 13 - 16, 2016)

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

We received a good number of 55 Symposia out of which 26 could be accepted: 20 as Symposia, 1 as a Joint Symposium and 5 as Round Tables Sessions. We would like to thank all Symposia Submitters for their support in the field of sleep research and medicine. 

REPORT ON THE WSF 2015 CONGRESS (ISTANBUL, OCT 31 – NOV 3, 2015)

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

WorldSleep2015, hosted by the European Sleep Research Society, is over, and we wish to personally thank all of you for your tremendous contribution in making this "Sleep and Health" meeting a true success.

EXPERT EVALUATORS FOR EUROPEAN COMMISSION PROJECT EVALUATIONS

Invitation to insert new sleep-oriented profiles into the expert database of the DG Research and Innovation of the European Union

Dear Members,

During the recent visit of an ESRS delegation to Brussels, Dr Catherine Berens, who is the Head of the Neuroscience sector of the DG Research and Innovation, and her collaborator, Dr Mark Goldammer, warmly invited us to encourage ESRS members to insert their profiles into the DG Research and Innovation Expert database.

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).

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NATIONAL SLEEP SOCIETY HIGHLIGHT SERIES

Interview with Dr. Michaela Gjerstad, President of the Norwegian Sleep Association

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

We are following the ESRS accreditation system i.e. no national sleep examination/accreditaion.  The ESRS accreditation is endorsed.
There are two national competency centres for sleep disorders (sleep disorders in general and a separate centre for narcolepsy). Both centres support research and teach as well as distribute information to patients and health personal.

ESRS SPONSORED EVENTS AND ENDORSED TRAINING / COURSES

NEW MEMBERS

The Society welcomes the following new members:

JOB OPPORTUNITIES