ESRS Newsletter November 2014

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

Dear ESRS and ANSS Members, Colleagues and Friends, 

Our 22nd ESRS Congress was a huge success offering an ideal combination of high-level scientific quality in sleep research and clinical domains and extensive opportunities to network while discovering the beautiful city of Tallinn. I warmly thank the Estonian Sleep Medicine Association (ESMA) and both current and past presidents, Erve Sõõru and Tuuliki Hion, for their enthusiastic support and kind hospitality.

ESRS 2014: SUMMARY

I am very pleased to provide a summary on behalf of the outgoing Scientific Committee of the highly successful 22nd ESRS Congress held in Tallinn, Estonia in September. The congress was attended by 1,568 participants from 66 countries. The Scientific Committee received 876 submitted abstracts, from which 125 oral and 743 poster presentations were selected.

ESRS 2014: STATISTICAL REPORT

The 22nd meeting of the ESRS was attended by a record 1’568 participants. The majority of sessions was well attended which attests to the high quality of the scientific programme and the wide interest in the field of Sleep Research.

THANK YOU NOTE TO ESRS

I would like to thank the ESRS membership for the opportunity you gave me to serve as an ESRS board member for the past 8 years, first as Assistant-Secretary (2006-2010) and then as Vice-President (Basic), 2010-2014. It has been a pleasure working with the Board and being part of the many new initiatives.

REPORTS OF THE ESRS COMMITTEES

ESRS Scientific Committee (SC)

The meeting in Tallinn was in general a great success. Credit should go to the members of the previous Scientific Committee for  achieving this success. We would like to thank those Committee members that left us after Tallinn for their hard work and contribution. 

ESRS Sleep Medicine Committee (SMC)

The Sleep Medicine Committee has successfully managed the first regular examination for ESRS somnologists and the first grandparents' examination for sleep technologists in Tallinn. A little over 100 people sat for the Somnologist examination and fewer than 10 failed to pass the multiple choice questionnaire. 

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.

Launch of the ESRS Early Career Researcher Network

During the 22nd congress of the ESRS in Tallinn, Estonia, the ESRS Early Career Researcher Network was launched. Over 80 people participated in the launch with discussion regarding the future of this network.

REPORTS OF THE EUROPEAN NETWORKS

European Insomnia Network (EIN)

The European Insomnia Network (EIN) held a symposium at the ESRS Congress in Tallinn, which was well attended. The next activity of the EIN will be a meeting in Freiburg, Germany, from September 17 to September 19, 2015.

European Narcolepsy Network (EU-NN)

At the 2014 European Narcolepsy Day in Copenhagen a new EU-NN board was elected. Photos and biosketches of Geert Mayer (president), Gert Jan Lammers (vice president), Rosa Peraita-Adrados (member at large), Renata Riha (secretary) and Markku Partinen (treasurer) can be found on the EU-NN and ESRS homepage. Due to the change in Treasurer, the bank account will be transferred in the near future.

REPORT OF THE ASSEMBLY OF NATIONAL SLEEP SOCIETIES (ANSS)

During the ESRS Congress in Tallinn, colleagues of the ANSS Executive Committee asked me to assume the role of Chair – a daunting task indeed. Stepping up as successor to Ludger Grote is ‘Mission Impossible’!. With his distinguished and gentlemanly style, he personified modern and effective leadership. He moulded a cooperative team from the Executive Committee members, powered by the energy and wisdom of Stefan Mihaicuta and Javier Puertas.

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).

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THE PISA SLEEP AWARD – ELEVENTH EDITION

Dear ESRS Members,

We are happy to announce that we have received notification from the Scientific Board of the Pisa Sleep Award 2014 that the winner of the eleventh edition of the Award is Professor Pier Luigi Parmeggiani.

CALL 2015 FOR TRAVEL GRANT APPLICATIONS

The ESRS Board has established a fund to support travel and living expenses for early career researchers within Europe. In 2015, a maximum of ten projects will be financed and the deadline for applications 31 December 2014.

4th ESRS EXAMINATION IN SLEEP MEDICINE

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

Wednesday 15 April, 2015 from 13:00 – 14:15

at the Sleep and Breathing Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

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2nd ESRS TECHNOLOGIST EXAMINATION IN SLEEP MEDICINE

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

Wednesday 15 April, 13:00 – 14:15 and 17:00 – 20:00

at the Sleep and Breathing Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

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CERTIFIED EXPERT SOMNOLOGISTS 2014

The first regular examination for Somnologists commissioned by the ESRS took place in Tallinn on 16 September 2014 during the 22nd Congress of the European Sleep Research Society.  

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

CERTIFIED EXPERT TECHNOLOGISTS 2014

The first grandparenting examination of Somnologist Technologists commissioned by the ESRS took place in Tallinn on 16 and 17 September 2014 during the 22nd Congress of the European Sleep Research Society.

The ESRS Board congratulates all 38 members representing 12 different countries who passed the ESRS Examination and obtained certification as Expert Somnologist - Technologists.

SLEEP AND BREATHING 2015 PROGRAMME

Advance programme 

The conference is organised jointly by the ERS and ESRS and supported by other leading European societies that recognise the need for a transitional approach to the management of sleep disorders. This innovative, educational programme focuses on sleep and breathing disorders but will also provide significant insights into a wide range of related conditions.

TRAINING & COURSES

EVENTS OF AFFILIATED NATIONAL SLEEP SOCIETIES

NEW MEMBERS

The Society welcomes the following new members:

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

APPENDIX I: MINUTES OF THE ESRS BUSINESS MEETING (TALLINN 2014)

APPENDIX II: ESRS BYLAWS UPDATE (TALLINN 2014)