ESRS Newsletter July 2016

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

Dear ESRS members,

Many of you may already be on vacation or preparing departure for a hammock-related area, while others have elected to hold the fort and continue working in the lab or the clinic. Whatever your state and circumstances of activity, I wish you the best and hope you will find some time to read your summer ESRS newsletter.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS TO THE ESRS BOARD AND SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE

In the course of the upcoming Business Meeting at the ESRS congress in Bologna, 15 September 2016, new members for the Board and the Scientific Committee will need to be elected.

REPORT OF THE ASSEMBLY OF NATIONAL SLEEP SOCIETIES (BRUSSELS, 28-30 APRIL 2016)

I am writing to thank you, one and all, for an outstanding ANSS meeting in Brussels.  The agenda, presentations and dialogue were important and productive……. We received thoughtful and insightful feedback from both the Executive Committee and the full Assembly and learned much by attending the sessions and interacting with the presidents.

REPORT ON THE ANSS MEETING (BRUSSELS, 29-30 APRIL 2016) - THE ESRS BOARD PERSPECTIVE

Tiina Paunio, Lino Nobili, Walter McNicholas, Marta Gonçalvez and Pierre-Hervé Luppi were the members of the ESRS Board present at the ANSS meeting. The president Philippe Peigneux was excused for medical reasons. Roberto Amici was also present as the head of the EU Committee and the organizer of the meeting with the EU representatives. The board was pleased to see that most presidents from all European sleep societies were present or represented.

UPDATE ON ESRS 2016 CONGRESS

With a new record of submitted abstracts for the ESRS congress in Bologna and already 1,000 registered participants, the meeting promises to become the biggest ESRS congress ever.

We would like to sincerely thank all authors who had submitted an abstract for the congress. The Scientific Committee was impressed with the high quality of many abstracts, and it made it very hard for the Committee to choose the best ones for oral presentation. Unfortunately, with a new record for the number of submitted abstracts and limited space, a number of rejections were inevitable, but we sincerely hope that all authors will take the opportunity to contribute to the ESRS congress through their attendance.

The continuously updated scientific programme can be found at www.esrs-congress.eu.
We are proud to have with Prof. Atul Malhotra, Prof. Liborio Parrino, Prof. Joan Santamaria, Prof. Anita Lüthi 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 network session for Young European Sleep Researchers.

According to ESRS tradition, this meeting will provide a congenial atmosphere for everyone to learn, exchange ideas and observe the latest developments in sleep medicine and sleep research.
The beautiful city of Bologna will offer the perfect surrounding to spend 4 exciting days. Make sure to attend the Networking Event on Tuesday, 13th September in the evening at the congress centre. Enjoy Italian food and chat with your colleagues. Towards the end of the congress, on Thursday evening, there will be time to cut back a little bit on sleep by attending the ESRS Network Get-together at La Scuderia, a great location to party.

Don’t forget to book your ticket for both events when you register. The next registration deadline will be on 28th July and will still allow you to considerably save on the registration fees.
There are also 5 great teaching courses for which you can register. Registration can be done online at the congress website www.esrs-congress.eu.

NATIONAL SLEEP SOCIETY HIGHLIGHT SERIES

Interview with the President of the Swiss Society for Sleep Research, Sleep Medicine and Chronobiology (SSSRSMC), Dr. Heinzer

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

In Switzerland, we recently reviewed the requirements for obtaining the sleep medicine certificate of the SSSSC. Pulmonologists, neurologists and psychiatrists need to work full time for 6 months in a “teaching sleep center” recognized by our society on top of their specialty certificate. They also need to perform a catalogue of various sleep investigations and consultations, under supervision, in the different areas of sleep medicine.

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).

THE PISA SLEEP AWARD – TWELTH EDITION

 Dear ESRS Members,

We are happy to announce that the winner of the Pisa Sleep Award 2016 is Professor Pierre Maquet. Our hearty congratulations for such a prestigious achievement that recognises his important contribution to the field of sleep research and neuroscience.

OTHER TRAINING & COURSES

EVENTS OF AFFILIATED NATIONAL SLEEP SOCIETIES

NEW MEMBERS

The Society welcomes the following new members:

JOB OPPORTUNITIES