ESRS Newsletter November 2017

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Following a relatively quiet summer period, the Society is increasingly active on several fronts. The most notable aspect relates to planning and preparation for the next ESRS Congress in Basel next September. The deadline for symposium proposals has passed and we have had many excellent submissions.

UPDATE ON ESRS CONGRESS ACTIVITIES

ESRS 2018

Preparations for the ESRS 2018 meeting in Basel, 25 - 28 September 2018 are going well and we look forward to an exciting meeting.

REPORT ON WORLD SLEEP 2017 (PRAGUE, OCTOBER 7-11, 2017)

The inaugural World Sleep Society Congress held in Prague from October 7-11 was a considerable success with about 2,500 participants. This bringing together of the previous World Association of Sleep Medicine and World Sleep Federation is a welcome development and ESRS is a founding member of WSS with representation on the governing council.

REPORT OF THE ESRS SLEEP SCIENCE SCHOOL "NEURAL NETWORKS IN SLEEP", FREJUS, FRANCE, 16-21 OCTOBER 2017

We are very pleased to report that the 1st ESRS Sleep Science School, organized by Pierre-Hervé Luppi and Philippe Peigneux on behalf of the ESRS, was a great success! The topic of the school was focused on "Neural Networks in Sleep", and gathered for 4 days 39 early career scientists (ranging from Master to Postdoctoral levels) and 8 international sleep experts.

REPORTS OF THE ESRS COMMITTEES

ESRS Scientific Committee (SC)

In the past months, the Scientific Committee reviewed and made further suggestions for the guidelines for the symposia and abstract calls in preparation of the upcoming congress in Basel.

ESRS Sleep Medicine Committee (SMC)

The SMC focusses on the development and recognition of Sleep Medicine as a medical subspecialty in Europe. With this focus the committee is among the most important ones for the ESRS. After the productive face-to-face meeting of the SMC in June 2017 the planned new initiatives were started to be implemented.

ESRS Education Committee (EduCom)

The Education Committee has discussed the possibilities of ESRS internet-based education. Lyudmila Korostovtseva will be the representative of EduComm at the Web Committee with support and advice by the EduComm.

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.

ESRS Early Career Researcher Network (ECRN)

The Early Career Researcher Network (ECRN) had a physical meeting at the WorldSleep conference in Prague to plan the next Early Career Day at the ESRS conference in Basel 2018.

ESRS Web Committee

The Web Committee is preparing a major redevelopment of the ESRS website in order to make it more attractive, accessible, interactive and suitable for a wider range of functions, including e-learning or membership related services.

REPORTS OF THE EUROPEAN NETWORKS

European Insomnia Network (EIN)

The European Insomnia Network has been instrumental in developing and writing the European Insomnia Guideline, which will be published in the last issue of JSR in 2017 (Riemann et al., Journal of Sleep Research, 26, 6, in press). Summarizing, the main message of this guideline is that cognitive behavioural treatment for insomnia (CBT-I) should be considered as the first-line treatment for insomnia.

European Narcolepsy Network (EU-NN)

With the support of Mr. Benevento from Switzerland and the persistent work of our board member R. Fronczek we could change our homepage to eu-nn.com. We have updated members, patient organizations and narcolepsy movies produced by the national societies which are also available on internet.

REPORT OF THE ASSEMBLY OF NATIONAL SLEEP SOCIETIES (ANSS)

The ANSS Executive Committee met in Prague to prepare the agenda for the next ANSS convention that will take place in Parma (Italy) on May 4 and 5, 2018.

CALL 2018 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 2018.

JOURNAL OF SLEEP RESEARCH NEWS

The Journal of Sleep Research (JSR) has a current Impact Factor of 3.259.

The top 3 cited articles which contributed to this increased metric are:

NATIONAL SLEEP SOCIETY HIGHLIGHT SERIES

Interview with the President of the Icelandic Sleep Research Society (ISRS), Dr. Erna Sif Arnardóttir

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

In Iceland, we follow the accreditation procedures of the ESRS. We are a small country of 340.000 people so we do not think it is feasible to establish our own procedures and are very happy for the work of the ESRS in accreditation procedures.

MICHEL JOUVET: DISCOVERER OF PARADOXICAL SLEEP (1925 – 2017)

French sleep research pioneer Michel Jouvet died on the night of October 2 to 3 at the age of 91 in Villeurbanne, France.
He became a CNRS researcher in 1958 before becoming a Professor in medicine at the university of Lyon in 1961.

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

NEW MEMBERS

The Society welcomes the following new members:

JOB OPPORTUNITIES