ESRS Newsletter July 2017

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

I expect many people reading this newsletter are enjoying summer holidays and I wish everyone a relaxing vacation and opportunity to “recharge the batteries”. We live in interesting times, as the Chinese proverb states, which of course provides challenges but hopefully also opportunities.

REPORT ON ERS-ESRS MEETING (MARSEILLE, APRIL 6-8, 2017)

ESRS and ERS welcomed over 830 delegates to this year’s Sleep and Breathing conference, which took place on 6–8 April in Marseille, France. This year’s event offered over 40 scientific sessions and educational workshops to clinicians, scientists and allied health professionals specialising in the respiratory sleep medicine field.

REPORTS OF THE ESRS COMMITTEES

ESRS Scientific Committee (SC)

In the past months, the Scientific Committee reviewed and made proposals regarding several aspects of the upcoming ESRS congress in Basel. These include the guidelines and timing of call for symposia and abstract, as well as the organisation of the scientific programme.

ESRS Sleep Medicine Committee (SMC)

The SMC focusses on the development and recognition of Sleep Medicine as a medical subspecialty in Europe. With this focus the committee is among the most important ones for the ESRS. A face-to-face meeting took place in Berlin from 30 June to 1 July 2017 with members of SMC, and Walter McNicholas. The SMC reviewed past activities, being publications on accreditation of sleep medicine centers, on certification of sleep professionals, on procedures, education.

ESRS Education Committee (EduCom)

The sixth examination for Somnologists and the fourth for Sleep Technologists commissioned by the ESRS took place in Marseille on 8 April 2017 during the Sleep and Breathing conference.

ESRS ANSS 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 Early Career Researcher Network (ECRN)

The Early Career Researcher Network (ECRN) is actively working and has monthly teleconferences. The ECRN board is also engaged in various work of the ESRS. The coordinator of the network Erna Sif Arnardottir attends the ESRS board meetings and is also the ECRN member of the Sleep Medicine Committee, which had a physical meeting in Berlin last weekend.

REPORTS OF THE EUROPEAN NETWORKS

European Insomnia Network (EIN)

The European Insomnia Network devoted its main efforts to the development of European Guidelines on the diagnosis and therapy of insomnia disorders. More than 25 members of the network coming from more than 20 European countries worked together on this project. The guideline was primarily based on the German Insomnia Guideline which was released early in January 2017 by Dieter Riemann and the German Sleep Society.

European Narcolepsy Network (EU-NN)

In March 2017 the EU-NN held the 8th European Narcolepsy Day in Mallorca. The local organizing committee, chaired by Francesca Canellas from Palma de Mallorca, the advisory committee and the Spanish Narcolepsy Association did an outstanding job.

Sleep Apnea Network / European Sleep Apnea DAta base – ESADA

The ESADA group held its annual meeting in Turku, Finland on February  1 to 3. Tarja Saaresranta and Ulla Anttalainen hosted this very successful meeting which marked the 10th anniversary of the ESADA collaboration. Important projects were discussed and decisions on novel, prospective studies were made.

REPORT ON THE ANSS MEETING (REYKJAVIK, 5-6 MAY 2017)

The annual ANSS meeting took place in Reykjavik (Iceland) on May 5 and 6, 2017. Under the brilliant direction of Erna Sif Arnardottir, it was possible to join social and scientific issues in a successful blend.

ESRS SLEEP SCIENCE SCHOOL "Neural Networks in Sleep"

As a reminder, the Sleep Science School is a novel ESRS initiative aimed at gathering early career sleep scientists around different fundamental topics, allowing them to gain knowledge, share their work and experience, meet experienced researchers, develop opportunities and create novel networks of excellence.

INTRODUCTION ESRS THE WEB COORDINATOR

The ESRS Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Bogdan Voinescu as ESRS Web Coordinator. The primary role of the newly-created position is to chair a web committee composed of representatives from the ESRS Board and each of the ESRS Standing Committees, to guide the content and future developments of the Society Website, and to ensure the successful implementation of projects.

RECOGNITION OF SOMNOLOGY AS MEDICAL SUBSPECIALTY IN FRANCE

Sleep medicine is officially recognised in the French medical studies: from now on, professionnals in Sleep medicine will be certified through a new subspecialty which will be opened to students at the end of 2017.

NATIONAL SLEEP SOCIETY HIGHLIGHT SERIES

Interview with the President of the Slovenian Sleep Society, Dr. Barbara G. Stražišar

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

Slovenian Medical Society is the organization that recognizes special competencies for physicians. However, to obtain competencies in a special field the accreditation procedure requires finishing of the national educational program.

OBITUARY: DR. ALAIN MUZET

Alain Muzet died suddenly on the night of 7 to 8 June 2017 at the age of 74. He leaves his wife and his three children, as well as many of his friends and colleagues in a deep sorrow.

Alain Muzet was a Medical Doctor (Faculty of Medicine Strasbourg) and got his PhD from the University of Strasbourg in 1969.

CERTIFIED EXPERT SOMNOLOGISTS 2017

The sixth examination for Somnologists commissioned by the ESRS took place in Marseille on 8 April 2017 during the Sleep and Breathing Conference.

The ESRS Board and the ESRS Examination Subcommittee congratulate all those who passed the ESRS Examination in Sleep Medicine and obtained certification as Expert Somnologists.

CERTIFIED EXPERT TECHNOLOGISTS 2017

The fourth examination of Sleep Technologists commissioned by the ESRS took place in Marseille on 8 April 2017 during the Sleep and Breathing Conference.

The ESRS Board and the ESRS Examination Subcommittee congratulate all those who passed the examination and obtained a certification as Expert Somnologist Technologists.

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).

ESRS ENDORSED TRAINING, COURSES & EVENTS

OTHER TRAINING & COURSES

EVENTS OF AFFILIATED NATIONAL SLEEP SOCIETIES

NEW MEMBERS

The Society welcomes the following new members:

JOB OPPORTUNITIES