ESRS Newsletter July 2013

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

Dear ESRS and ANSS members, Colleagues and Friends,

First of all, let me with this summer ESRS newsletter wish you pleasant and well-deserved escapes after a busy year working in the sleep domain!

However, I am confident that your mind never sleeps and therefore invite you to take some leisure time to think about proposing a symposium for our already approaching 22nd ESRS congress in Estonia (Tallinn, September 16-20, 2014).

REPORTS OF THE ESRS COMMITTEES

ESRS Research Networking Committee (RNC)

In our efforts to improve networking and collaboration between European sleep researchers, the work of the ESRS Research Networking Committee was presented at the annual ANNS meeting in Copenhagen (4-5 May, 2013) where 24 National Sleep Societies (NSS) were represented.

ESRS Scientific Committee (SC)


Not too much has happened since the previous report from the Scientific Committee. The call for symposia proposals for the Tallinn meeting has gone out to members and the Scientific Committee will review these proposals after the deadline in September.

ESRS Sleep Medicine Committee (SMC)

The Sleep Medicine Committee has organised the second grandparent examination of Somnologists in Berlin 2013. The examination took place on 11 April 2013 with 72 persons sitting for the exam and all achieved the minimum required number of correct answers. With this we have now 123 European Somnologists.

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.

ESRS Education Committee (EduComm)

The Education Committee has continued its work on standardisation of education in European sleep medicine.
Since Sleep Medicine Committee has finished its work on ESRS Catalogue of Knowledge and Skills (CK&S) for Sleep Medicine Experts, Non-medical Sleep Experts, and Sleep Technologists, EduComm has defined the five Modules and appointed the sleep experts that would serve as Task forces for each Module of the standard education curriculum.

REPORTS OF THE EUROPEAN NETWORKS

European Insomnia Network (EIN)

The European Insomnia Network had its most recent meeting in Freiburg at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy from July 10 to 12, 2013. An interesting programme had been put together reflecting the different facets of insomnia research in Europe.

European Narcolepsy Network (EU-NN)

The 4th European Narcolepsy Day (END) was held in Madrid, March 16-17, chaired by Dr. R. Peraita-Adrados (see www.narcolepsy-international.org ). A multidisciplinary audience of around 200 people, from 11 European countries followed the meeting.

REPORT OF THE ASSEMBLY OF NATIONAL SLEEP SOCIETIES (ANSS)


The EC of the ANSS has met two times in Copenhagen (May 2013) and in Sibiu (June 2013). The activities can be summarised as follows:

The main activity during the last period was the organisation of the Annual ANNS meeting in Copenhagen.

ESRS WAKE-UP BUS SLEEP STUDY

The ESRS aims to raise awareness at the EU level of the importance of sleepiness as a one of the main causes of road accidents and stimulate further activities at the level of the National Sleep Societies in Europe. In this respect, the ESRS is currently organizing the Wake-Up Bus project, a European wide awareness campaign and study on sleep research to be presented to Parliament in Brussels on 15 October, 2013. As part of the project, 18 European sleep societies are currently participating in an online sleep study targeted at drivers in Europe. The organising Committee asks you please to  support this important project by completing the brief survey and sharing the link www.esrs.eu/sleepstudy.html . The next phase of this project kicks off on October 3rd as the Wake-Up Bus begins its journey from Oporto to Brussels. For the most up to date information on the ESRS Wake-Up Bus project follow ESRS_sleep on Twitter.

EU DRIVING LICENCE COMMITTEE MEETING, BRUSSELS - JUNE 27, 2013

The topic of Sleep Apnoea and Driving was a major agenda item at the recent meeting of the EU Driving Licence Committee Meeting held in Brussels on June 27th. The report of the Working Group on Obstructive Sleep Apnoea and Driving was discussed, following a slide presentation on the topic by the Working Group Chair, Prof. Walter McNicholas. The Transport and Mobility Commission of the EU established this working group in spring 2012, which included experts in OSA from 17 EU member states. The report recommends the inclusion of obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome (OSAS) as a specified medical disorder in Annex III of the EU Driving Licence Directive.

The report also recommends that Member States establish a screening strategy to facilitate identification of drivers at risk for OSAS, and also Information and Education programmes on OSAS and its consequences that would be directed at agencies such as the Police and major employers in the Transport Industry. Specific criteria for the provision of a driving license to OSAS patients were recommended, particularly to restrict untreated patients with moderate or severe OSAS associated with sleepiness sufficient to impair driving safety. However, a driving licence could be issued to applicants or drivers with moderate or severe OSAS who show adequate control of their condition and compliance with medical treatment confirmed by authorised medical opinion.

The report was very well received by the Driving Licence Committee and there was unanimous support by members who spoke in subsequent discussions. Thus, it is anticipated that OSAS will shortly be added to Annex III. This development will have major implications for patients with OSAS and also for the clinicians who treat patients with the disorder.

Walter McNicholas

SLEEP AND BREATHING CONFERENCE, BERLIN, APRIL 2013

The growing interest and multi-disciplinary nature of sleep-related respiratory disorders has prompted the ESRS to collaborate with the European Respiratory Society (ERS) in the development of a bi-annual meeting on the topic of sleep and breathing. The second of these meetings was held in Berlin in April 2013 over 3 days, and was attended by close to 1,100 delegates. The primary purpose of the meeting was educational, with the objective to bring together international experts in different aspects of sleep and breathing to provide a comprehensive update on the topic. The meeting was structured to provide a mix of major and specialised symposia, case-based interactive discussions, practical teaching demonstrations, and small group interactive “Meet the Professor” sessions. Poster discussion sessions also provided the participants with the possibility of presenting their original research, all of which had been subjected to a prior peer-review process.

While the principal focus of the meeting was sleep-related breathing disorders, the programme also included symposia on non-respiratory topics including insomnia, narcolepsy and periodic leg movement disorders. These symposia were of a very high calibre, reflecting the input of ESRS to the programme, and proved very popular, which reflects the fact that Respiratory Specialists treating sleep-related breathing disorders also encounter patients with non-respiratory sleep disorders, typically as co-existing or alternative diagnoses to sleep apnoea.

The Berlin meeting also had several symposia organised in collaboration with other major European Societies, including the European Society of Cardiology, European Society of Hypertension, European Association for the Study of Diabetes, and the European Association for the Study of Obesity, reflecting the high prevalence of cardiovascular and metabolic co-morbidities among patients with OSAS. Several non-respiratory symposia were organised in collaboration with societies such as the European Psychiatric Association and the European Neurological Society. The meeting programme was very full with a total of 30 sessions, organised as plenary or parallel sessions. A particularly impressive feature of the meeting was the high level of attendance, with some plenary sessions attracting over 800 delegates. The next Sleep and Breathing meeting is planned for Spring 2015, venue yet to be decided.

Walter McNicholas

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ESRS CONGRESS 2014: CALL FOR SYMPOSIA

Deadline for receipt of proposals is 13 September 2013

The success of the next ESRS Congress in Tallinn, Estonia will again strongly be influenced by the symposia topics. With the call for symposia all members of ESRS are invited to contribute to the program by proposing a symposium for the 22nd congress of the ESRS.

 

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