ESRS Newsletter November 2016

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

I am very pleased and honoured to be writing this first message as President of the Society. I thank all members who supported my nomination and promise to work hard to promote our Society in all relevant areas of interest. I have inherited a successful and thriving society from Philippe Peigneux and take this opportunity to thank him for all his efforts over the past 4 years. The recent ESRS congress in Bologna was a huge success and broke all previous records for attendance and abstract submissions.

ESRS 2016: SUMMARY

On behalf of the outgoing Scientific Committee we are happy to provide a summary of the highly successful 23rd ESRS Congress held in Bologna, Italy in September. The congress was attended by 1903 participants from 64 countries. A record number of 1037 abstracts were submitted, from which the Scientific Committee selected 114 for oral presentation and 743 as posters.

ESRS 2016: STATISTICAL REPORT

The 23rd meeting of the ESRS was attended by a record 1’903 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.

REPORTS OF THE ESRS COMMITTEES

ESRS Scientific Committee (SC)

The 23rd Congress of the ESRS in Bologna was a resounding success with 1903 participants from 64 countries, and a scientific programme composed of 1037 submitted abstracts, leading to 905 posters and 114 oral presentations (in 17 oral sessions), and 5 keynote lectures, 24 symposia, 8 round table/case/video discussions and teaching courses.

ESRS Sleep Medicine Committee (SMC)

The SMC held a meeting during the ESRS congress in Bologna discussing the past and future activities and strategies. The SMC did discuss its future role with the new ESRS board as well. The SMC continues to focus on the recognition of Sleep Medicine as a medical subspecialty in Europe. The SMC coordinates activities for the accreditation of sleep medicine centers.

ESRS Education Committee (EduCom)

The 5th Examination Sleep Medicine for Somnologists and 3rd Examination in Sleep Medicine for Technologist examinations were organized at the ESRS Bologna meeting. Altogether 209 individuals applied for the examination (159 Somnologists and 50 Technologists).

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 major achievement of the past few months was the meeting “European Sleep meets the European Union: Measuring Sleepiness, the Need for Common European Rules”, that was held in Brussels under the joint organization of the ESRS and the Assembly of the National Sleep Societies (ANSS), during the annual ANSS meeting on April 29.

ESRS Research Networking Committee (RNC)

The RNC has been renewed recently and the its new composition is displayed in the newsletter. It has been decided to create a new basic sleep school taking place every two years in alternance with the main ESRS meeting. The objective of this school is to gather together early careerresearchers and faculties around a quite focus question.

ESRS Early Career Researcher Network (ECRN)

The ECRN is very happy with the first Early Career Day held at the next ESRS conference in Bologna in September. The attendance was very high and the feedback we got both for the presentations of the Early Career Day, the poster ratings and the publishing session included in the conference program were all very positive. 

ESRS Forum for Women in Sleep Research

The 10th meeting of the Forum was held during the 23rd Congress of the European Sleep Research Society in Bologna. Dr. Alpár Lázár (University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK) presented “Sex differences in human sleep-wake regulation: implications for our everyday life and health”, emphasizing the value and importance of studying both genders in basic and clinical sleep research.

REPORTS OF THE EUROPEAN NETWORKS

European Insomnia Network (EIN)

The European Insomnia Network (EIN) met again in Freiburg last autumn. Approximately 15 researchers from all over Europe and the US met and discussed new developments in the field of insomnia sleep medicine and insomnia sleep research.

European Narcolepsy Network (EU-NN)

We are happy to announce the next European Narcolepsy Day to be held in Mallorca from March 18 to19, 2017. The European Narcolepsy Day will be organized by our Dr. Francesca Canellas and the Spanish Narcolepsy Association with the support of the EU-NN board.

REPORT OF THE ASSEMBLY OF NATIONAL SLEEP SOCIETIES (ANSS)

During the ANSS meeting 28-30th of April 2016 in Bruxelles, we investigated the possibility to create a number of task forces to encourage a more extensive involvement of the ANSS Presidents and representatives and verify whether ANSS can become a laboratory for innovative advances in the field of sleep.  All task forces shall include at least one ANSS EC member and one member from the ESRS board or suggested by the ESRS board.

NATIONAL SLEEP SOCIETY HIGHLIGHT SERIES

Interview with the Vice-President of the German Sleep Society (DGSM), Prof. Dr. Maritta Orth

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

The German Sleeep Society offers the qualification “Somnologist”. This qualification can be achieved by physicians, psychologists, natural scientists and by technicians. The qualification process comprises a theoretical interview by a team of different sleep specialists (e.g. paediatricians, pulmonologists, neurologists, psychologists) and a practical part in which the candidate has to proof his or her technical and theoretical skills (e.g. montage of sleep studies, interpretation of polysomnographies, differential diagnostics and therapy of various sleep disturbances).

CALL FOR ESRS WEB COORDINATOR

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. 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.

CALL 2017 FOR ESRS FELLOWSHIP, MEETING FELLOWSHIPS AND ESRS TRAINING GRANT APPLICATIONS

The ESRS Board has established a fund to support early career researchers within Europe. The deadline for applications is 15 January 2017.

ESRS EXAMINATION IN SLEEP MEDICINE 2017

The ESRS Board is pleased to announce the

6th Examination of Certification in Sleep Medicine and
4th Examination of Certification in Sleep Medicine for Sleep Technologists

which will take place on 8 April 2017 during the Sleep and Breathing conference (April 6 - 8, 2017) in Marseille, France.

CERTIFIED EXPERT SOMNOLOGISTS 2016

The fifth examination for Somnologists commissioned by the ESRS took place in Bologna on 13September 2016 during the 23rd 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. The Expert Somnologists represent 31 different countries from across the world.

CERTIFIED TECHNOLOGISTS 2016

The third examination of Somnologist Technologists commissioned by the ESRS took place in Bologna on 13September 2016 during the 23rd Congress of the European Sleep Research Society. 

The ESRS Board congratulates all those who passed the ESRS Examination and obtained certification as 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 SLEEP SCIENCE SCHOOL "Neural Networks in Sleep"

The Sleep Science School is a new ESRS initiative aimed at gathering early careersleep scientists around different fundamental topics, allowing them to gain knowledge, share their work and experience, develop opportunities and create novel networks of excellence.

ZURICH SLEEP TWEET

How to be updated on sleep and chronobiology research on a daily basis.

The Clinical Research Program (CRPP) “Sleep and Health” of the University of Zurich offers a new and free service to all sleep and chronobiology researchers, other biomedical professionals, and the public: The Zurich Sleep Tweet.

OXFORD ONLINE PROGRAMME IN SLEEP MEDICINE

The Oxford Online Programme in Sleep Medicine (MSc/PGDip) is open for applications (October 2017 intake).

We are pleased to let you know that our online programme is now open to recruit for our second cohort of students and we very much look forward to receiving applications. The deadline for applications is Friday March 10th 2017.

•    Please apply here for the MSc in Sleep Medicine
o    We will be holding interviews for the MSc w/c 21st April 2017
o    Applications received after the March 2017 will be considered subject to availability

•    Please apply here for the PGDip in Sleep Medicine
o    Applications received after the March deadline will be considered subject to availability.

•    Please apply here for standalone CPD modules
o    Application deadlines are 21 days prior to the start of each module.


If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to contact us.

T: 01865 618658
E: sleepmedicine@ndcn.ox.ac.uk

OTHER TRAINING & COURSES

EVENTS OF AFFILIATED NATIONAL SLEEP SOCIETIES

NEW MEMBERS

The Society welcomes the following new members:

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

APPENDIX: MINUTES OF THE ESRS BUSINESS MEETING (BOLOGNA 2016)

The Society welcomes the following new members: