ESRS Newsletter March 2017

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

Dear colleagues and friends,

As we enter springtime, it is timely to look forward to plans and events for the coming year. The next event directly involving ESRS is the bi-annual Sleep and Breathing Conference, which will be held in Marseilles between April 6-8. This educational meeting, jointly organized by ESRS and ERS, has now become a regular feature in the meeting calendar, and the Marseilles Conference is the Fourth in the series.

UPDATE ON SLEEP AND BREATHING CONFERENCE 2017

ERS and ESRS organise the 4th Sleep and Breathing Conference

Over 3 intense days, delegates will have the opportunity to choose among over 40 sessions of the programme. Over 55 experts will discuss their latest findings and present key updates on all sleep disorders and sleep breathing disorders. 100 abstracts were accepted for presentation providing interesting and new data from around the world in the sleep and respiratory medicine and research fields.

The focus is on professional development and education, while attendance at the conference will give you the opportunity to update your knowledge and skills, network with other sleep professionals and earn continuing medical education (up to 18 CME) credits, provided by both EBAP and UEMS accreditation boards.

The Conference Chairs, Prof.s Anita Simonds and Walter McNicholas, would like to particularly thank the organising Committee members who contributing in putting in place this outstanding programme:

  • Vice Chairs Maria Bonsignore and Lino Nobili
  • Committee Members Tiina Paunio, Jean-Louis Pépin, Winfried Randerath, Renata Riha and Johan Verbraecken

This year’s programme places a spotlight on sleep and breathing disorders including sleep-related areas of paediatrics, obesity, cardiovascular disorders, diabetes, psychology, psychiatry and neurology. A keynote lecture will be given by Prof. Matthew Naughton covering heart failure and central sleep apnoea: current concepts on aetiology, diagnosis and therapy, taking place on the first day of the conference programme.
 
As the second largest city in France, Marseille is the ideal host for this year’s conference. Marseille boasts an excellent reputation in culture and sport, ensuring there is plenty for you to explore outside of the busy conference schedule.

REPORTS OF THE ESRS COMMITTEES

ESRS Scientific Committee (SC)

Following the ESRS conference in Bologna, the Scientific Committee reviewed comments and suggestions provided by participants to members of the Scientific Committee. A number of points relevant to the organisation of the Basel congress were also discussed (e.g., programme overview; guidelines for abstract submission) and suggestions will be submitted for consideration to the ESRS Board in the upcoming months.

ESRS Sleep Medicine Committee (SMC)

The SMC focuses on the recognition of Sleep Medicine as a medical subspecialty in Europe. The SMC coordinates activities for the accreditation of sleep medicine centers. The current plan is that the ESRS has an umbrella role helping national sleep societies to implement national accreditation.

ESRS Education Committee (EduCom)

A survey for feedback for the Somnologist Examination in Bologna, 2016, as well as for the ESRS Textbook, from the participants for the 2016 Somnologist examination was performed. There were altogether 67 participants so that the participation rate was 1/3.

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.

REPORTS OF THE EUROPEAN NETWORKS

European Insomnia Network (EIN)

The European Insomnia Network held its fourth meeting in Amsterdam from December 15 to 16, 2016. Eus van Someren and his group had arranged a terrific programme covering many aspects of insomnia including more than 20 clinicians and researchers from all over Europe. The meeting was a huge success and will be repeated next year at a different location, maybe in Oxford.

European Narcolepsy Network (EU-NN)

In the past half year, the number of members has grown to 32. Presently, sleep laboratories and members from 16 European countries are participating in the network.

The board of the EU-NN and the database committee have decided to change the provider and will use Redcap as a new system. The change will take place in April 2017. Members will receive new access codes.

REPORT OF THE ASSEMBLY OF NATIONAL SLEEP SOCIETIES (ANSS)

At the end of January 2017, the ANSS Executive Committee met in Frankfurt to prepare the programme of the annual ANSS meeting. This will take place in Reykjavik (Iceland) from May 5th, starting at 18:00, to early hours of May 7th.

NEW EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF THE JOURNAL OF SLEEP RESEARCH

I would like to introduce myself as the new Editor in Chief of the Journal of Sleep Research starting my term in 2017. As some of you may have realized, I already was on board for several months in a “transitional capacity” taking over the function of Chief Editor from Derk-Jan Dijk. I would like to express my utmost gratitude and heartfelt thanks to Derk-Jan Dijk, who has done a terrific job as Chief Editor of JSR over the last 6 years and has made it easy for me to grow into this new position.

NATIONAL SLEEP SOCIETY HIGHLIGHT SERIES

Interview with the President of the Czech Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine Society, Dr. Jana Vyskočilová, and Dr. Ondřej Ludka, Committee Member

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

Physicians: week-long theoretical course, theoretical test, if the success rate greater than 70%, then theoretical oral examination, if not, it must be repeated, maximum three times, practical examinations (scoring PSGs and PGs).

CALL FOR ESRS WEB COORDINATOR

Application deadline extended until 31 March 2017

Role
The role of the Website Coordinator is to work with the Website Editor to ensure the successful implementation of projects, and to guide the content and future developments of the Society Website and related materials. A first step will be a major redevelopment to make the website more interactive and suitable for a wide range of functions, in particular in the area of education. The Coordinator will co-operate with the standing committees of the ESRS and with the ESRS Board in the successful implementation and development of this role. The Coordinator will chair a web committee containing representation from the ESRS Board and each of the ESRS Standing Committees.

RECIPIENTS OF ESRS FELLOWSHIP, MEETING AND TRAINING GRANTS

The ESRS Board is pleased to announce that 7 ESRS Grants have been awarded for the year 2017 within the programme to support early career researchers within Europe.

We congratulate the recipients and cordially thank the supervisors and teams of the host laboratories for their support and cooperation in this endeavour.

ESRS SLEEP SCIENCE SCHOOL "Neural Networks in Sleep"

The Sleep Science School is a new 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. 

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