ESRS Newsletter November 2013

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

Dear ESRS and ANSS members, Colleagues and Friends,

First of all, welcome to the new members who joined ESRS and have been officially accepted since our last newsletter. Being an ESRS member makes you an actor in the biggest European sleep community, with substantial advantages including free access to the Journal of Sleep Research, preferential registration fees in meetings organised or co-organised by the ESRS, and travel grants for young researchers.

ESRS AND THE FEDERATION OF EUROPEAN NEUROSCIENCE SOCIETIES

The ESRS board made a 2013 priority to raise awareness about sleep topics at the European Union (EU) level, especially in view of the EU strategic research decisions for the Horizon 2020 program, now officially issued. To this aim, several actions were conducted and coordinated by the ESRS EU Committee under the direction of Roberto Amici.

REPORTS OF THE ESRS COMMITTEES

ESRS Research Networking Committee (RNC)

The RNC has been working to encourage Networking of Sleep Researchers. On 8th November, all ESRS members received a personalised email request to submit details of their Sleep Research Laboratory to the ESRS Database. We have had a good response to this Call with new Laboratories being uploaded onto the ESRS Database. In addition, those members with Laboratories already registered have been able to use the link to update and edit their Laboratory content.

ESRS Scientific Committee (SC)

Since the previous report of activity, the Scientific Committee has received and reviewed all of the submitted proposals for symposium sessions for the forthcoming conference in Tallinn next year.

ESRS Sleep Medicine Committee (SMC)

The Sleep Medicine Committee is working towards the next examinations which will take place at the beginning of the next ESRS congress 2014 in Tallinn, on 16th September 2014. The eligibility criteria for regular somnologists are finalised and are now published on the ESRS website.

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.

The main achievement of the last four-month period has been the finalisation of the “Wake-up Bus” project, which have been made under the coordination of Marta Gonçalves (President of the Portuguese Sleep Society and member of the EU Committee) with the EU Committee, the Assembly of the National Sleep Societies (coordinated by Ludger Grote), the contribution of the ESRS Expert Panel (composed by Torbjorn Akerstedt, Fabio Cirgnotta, Jim Horne, Damien Leger, Walter McNicholas, Markku Partinen, and Joaquin Teran), and under the supervision of the ESRS President, Philippe Peigneux.

ESRS Education Committee (EduComm)

The Education Committee has continued its work on standardisation of education in European sleep medicine along the track of planned activities in the last report.
The ESRS Catalogue of Knowledge and Skills (CK&S) for Sleep Medicine Experts, Non-medical Sleep Experts, and Sleep Technologists is published in the Journal of Sleep Research, which is an important step in the creation of the standard European education curriculum.

REPORTS OF THE EUROPEAN NETWORKS

European Insomnia Network (EIN)

Since the last meeting of the European Insomnia Network in July 2013 in Freiburg, a proposal was developed which was submitted to the EU COST actions.

European Narcolepsy Network (EU-NN)

Summary of highlights

  • We expect the next EU-NN publication about the DQB1 locus explaining most of the risk and protection in narcolepsy with cataplexy in Europe, in the January issue of Sleep.
  • The preparations for the 5th European Narcolepsy Day are up and running. Poul Jennum will be the host and the meeting will take place in Copenhagen on March 15 & 16, 2014.

REPORT OF THE ASSEMBLY OF NATIONAL SLEEP SOCIETIES (ANSS)

The EC of the ANSS has met in Valencia (September 2013) and had frequent contacts via e-mail and phone. The activities can be summarised as follows:

Our main activity during the last period was the organisation of the EU Wake Up Bus project initiated by Marta Gonçalves together with the EU Committee headed by Roberto Amici and the ESRS President Philippe Peigneux. This successful collaboration within the ESRS highlighted the importance and potential of the ANSS structure within the ESRS.

CALL 2014 FOR ESRS TRAVEL GRANTS

The ESRS Board has established a fund to support travel and living expenses for young sleep researchers within Europe. For 2014, a maximum of ten projects will be financed and the deadline for applications is 31st December, 2013.  

3RD ESRS EXAMINATION IN SLEEP MEDICINE

The European Sleep Research Society (ESRS) Board is pleased to announce the third examination of the certification in sleep medicine which will take place on:

Tuesday, 16 September 2014 at 17:30 – 18:45

at the ESRS Congress in Tallinn, Estonia.

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1ST ESRS TECHNOLOGIST EXAMINATION IN SLEEP MEDICINE

The European Sleep Research Society (ESRS) Board is pleased to announce the first examination of the certification in sleep medicine for sleep technologists which will take place on

Tuesday, 16 September, 17:30 – 18:45 and
Wednesday, 17 September, 17:00 – 20:00

at the ESRS/ESST Congress in Tallinn, Estonia.

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REPORT ON FIRST “SLEEP AND RHYTHMS IN MEDICINE” CONGRESS

The first 'Sleep and Rhythms in Medicine' Congress was held on 15-16 October 2013, at Padova University Hospital, Italy.

Sleep disturbances in patients with specific medical disorders are under-diagnosed and often mismanaged, mostly because of the poor understanding of their pathophysiology.

REPORT ON 7TH WORKSHOP “SLEEP AS A WINDOW TO THE WORLD OF WAKEFULNESS”

The 7th workshop “Sleep as a window to the world of wakefulness” organised by the Youth Committee of the Russian Society of Somnologists (RSS) and the Institute of Aride Zones, Southern Scientific Center, Russian Academy of Sciences, took place in Rostov-on-Don, October 10-11, being supported by the Russian Humanitarian Scientific Foundation.

WHITE PAPER "SLEEPINESS AT THE WHEEL"

The book was published in 2013 in cooperation with the French Motorway Companies (ASFA) and the National Institute of Sleep and Vigilance (INSV).

Preface:
Manuel Valls, French Minsiter of Interior Affairs

Authors/ Panel of European Sleep Experts:
Torbjorn Akerstedt, Claudio Bassetti, Fabio Cirignotta, Diego García-Borreguero, Marta Gonçalves, Jim Horne, Damien Léger, Markku Partinen, Thomas Penzel, Pierre Philip, Joris C. Verster

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English version  | French version | Bilingual version

 

 

ESRS SPONSORED EVENTS AND ENDORSED TRAINING / COURSES

OTHER TRAINING & COURSES

NEW MEMBERS

The Society welcomes the following new members:

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

APPENDIX: EU COMMISSIONER T. BORG DELIVERS SPEECH ON ROAD SAFETY "WAKE-UP EUROPE – DON'T SLEEP AT THE WHEEL"