ESRS Newsletter March 2015

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

Dear ESRS and ANSS Members, Colleagues and Friends,

Spring returns to Europe with this newsletter, a good omen if there ever was one! With it also comes the renewed pleasure of watching migratory birds return to nest in their unique habitats, preparing the future of the species. I remain amazed at the thought that they fly over such vast expanses, capable of sleeping with one cerebral hemisphere at a time - a feat in itself if we consider the complexity of the brain mechanisms underlying that most simple of actions: sleeping.

REPORTS OF THE ESRS COMMITTEES

ESRS Scientific Committee (SC)

Not much has happened since the previous report. Some of us have worked with the board and the local organizing committee on choosing symposia for the scientific program of the Worldsleep 2015 meeting in Istanbul. The two co-chairs also advised the board on recipients of the 2015 ESRS travel grant.

ESRS Sleep Medicine Committee (SMC)

The Sleep Medicine Committee is currently preparing the second regular examination for ESRS somnologists and the second grandparent’s examination for sleep technologists in Barcelona to take place during the ESRS / ERS Sleep and Breathing congress on 15th April 2015.

ESRS Education Committee (EduCom)

The Sleep Medicine Textbook has been published (ESRS Sleep Medicine Textbook, eds. CL Bassetti, Z Dogas and P Peigneux), and provides a comprehensive basis for teaching in sleep medicine.

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 Research Networking Committee (RNC)

Research networking committee (RNC) membership was renewed after election of the new board in Tallinn.
The first major task was to select grantees for the ESRS call for visiting European laboratories. Several members of the RNC were also involved in the organization of the World Sleep Meeting in Istanbul November 2015, in particular its scientific programme.

ESRS Early Career Researcher Network (ECRN)

The need for an ESRS Early Career Researcher Network (ECRN) was discussed at the Assembly of National Sleep Societies (ANSS) meeting in Prague in May 2014, based on discussions between the ESRS board and representatives of the 28 national sleep societies present at the meeting.

ESRS Forum for Women in Sleep Research

Following the ESRS Forum for Women symposium in Tallinn, a number of junior scientists, based in and outside Europe, became involved and have contributed to consolidating the Forum.

REPORTS OF THE EUROPEAN NETWORKS

European Insomnia Network (EIN)

The next meeting of the European Insomnia Network will take place in Freiburg from September 17 to 19, 2015 at the Centre for Mental Disorders.

European Narcolepsy Network (EU-NN)

The EU-NN has extended its prospective database and members have included more than 1000 patients with narcolepsy and other disorders of hypersomnolence. Preliminary data will be presented at the 6th European Narcolepsy Day in Münster March 14-15th.

REPORT OF THE ASSEMBLY OF NATIONAL SLEEP SOCIETIES (ANSS)

The Wake-Up Bus journey across the European countries with final arrival at the European Parliament in Bruxelles was a great success, thanks to the previous ANSS Executive Committee. The related survey on sleepiness and driving is now a publication in the Journal of Sleep Research.

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).

Read more

SLEEP AND BREATHING 2015

Be part of the largest European Sleep and Breathing Conference

Registration is now open for the 2015 Sleep and Breathing Conference, the largest pan-European meeting of its kind, which will be held in Barcelona from April 16-18.

Building on the success of the previous Sleep and Breathing conferences, the next meeting will continue to address the knowledge deficit relating to this relevant and highly important area of clinical practice; the 2015 conference will bring in key leaders and experts to provide comprehensive updates and to further relevant education and professional development. The conference is jointly organised by the ESRS and the ERS.

During Barcelona 2015, the focus remains predominantly on sleep and breathing disorders and the programme will also cover sleep-related areas in paediatrics, psychology, psychiatry and neurology. Sleep issues in obesity, cardiovascular disorders and diabetes will also be discussed.

The Sleep and Breathing conference is the only meeting offering an integrated approach to the investigation and treatment of sleep disorders.

The conference will provide a State-of-the-Art review of the latest developments in sleep and breathing Disorders and thus provide a comprehensive update that should benefit all practitioners in the area of Sleep Medicine.

Registration can be found under: www.sleepandbreathing.org 

WORLDSLEEP 2015

Call for abstracts
Abstract submission for the 7th World Congress of the World Sleep Federation is now open.

Don’t miss the opportunity to present your work at this unique international event for sleep research and sleep medicine.

Submit your abstract now!
New Abstract Submission Deadline: 14 May 2015

Scientific Programme
The state-of-the-art scientific and educational scientific programme is continuously being updated on the congress website.

Registration
Registration is now open. First registration deadline: 3 June 2015.

To benefit from a reduced registration fee, please register online. For group registrations please contact the Administrative Secretariat: registration.worldsleep@congrex-switzerland.com 

Accommodation in Istanbul at hotels of various price categories have been reserved Prices and further information are available on the congress website.

Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities – showcase your activities and expertise, further information and a request form can be found on the congress website.

RECIPIENTS OF ESRS TRAVEL GRANTS 2015

The ESRS Research Networking Committee is pleased to announce that ten ESRS Travel Grants have been awarded for the year 2015 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.

NATIONAL SLEEP SOCIETY HIGHLIGHT SERIES

Interview with Professor Joaquin Terán Santos, President of the Spanish Sleep Society

Dear Professor Terán Santos, which is the status of the accreditation procedures for sleep medicine experts? Can you explain how the procedure works?

The professional accreditation process in Sleep Medicine was developed in Spain after an agreement of the main Scientific medical societies involved in the Sleep Medicine field: Spanish Respiratory Society (SEPAR), Spanish Neurological Society (SEN), Spanish Psychiatric Society, Spanish ENT Society and Spanish Sleep Society.

FRENCH TRANSLATION OF THE ICSD-3

Classification internationale des pathologies du sommeil 3ième version

The French translation of the "International Classification of Sleep Disorders - ICSD 3" was published by the French Sleep Research and Medicine Society (SFRMS).

The book can be ordered here.

TRAINING & COURSES

EVENTS OF AFFILIATED NATIONAL SLEEP SOCIETIES

NEW MEMBERS

The Society welcomes the following new members:

JOB OPPORTUNITIES