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Dear ESRS and ANSS members, Colleagues and Friends,

We are living in a difficult world exposed to various threats ranging from horrific terrorist attacks to dramatic climate changes, threats relayed and amplified by modern mass media. All these situations require pondered and appropriate decisions that neither underestimate nor overemphasize the problems at stake. As we all know in the sleep research and sleep medicine community, a well-rested individual makes far better decisions than a sleep-deprived one, whose brain efficiency is altered. As a European Sleep Research Society, our main aims are to better understand sleep and its functions, promote a better state of health and advocate the optimized treatment of sleep disorders in the general and clinical populations. We should probably also take further actions to promote a sleep-respectful lifestyle for the decision makers that are shaping the future of our societies. It is our responsibilities here to contribute to popularize the sleep field and our knowledge, and to try to give sleep the right place it deserves as the state that occupies close to one third of our lifetime!

We are now at the gates of the winter holiday season, with its traditional series of gifts and aspirations. The ESRS board offers its warmest wishes to all of you for a peaceful and successful 2016. And since nobody can avoid being aware of the last Star Wars movie release, let's be in the mood. May The Sleep Be With You!

As usual, the European Sleep Research Society has been very active since our last newsletter.

First, we have organized the "Sleep and Health" WorldSleep 2015 meeting hosted by the ESRS. In spite of the Election Day in Turkey, and unfavorable rumors, more than 1100 participants gathered in the beginning November in the beautiful city of Istanbul for a successful and scientifically high-level meeting. We warmly thank here all those of you who make the tremendous contributions that helped in making this meeting a memorable event. We especially thank the Turkish Sleep Medicine Society and its Board for their warm welcome. This meeting effectively finalizes the long-term challenge accepted by the ESRS nearly five years ago, with the organization of what became, in the meantime, the last world meeting of the World Sleep Federation. A new world society is now forming, gathering the World Sleep Federation and the World Association of Sleep Medicine. The ESRS wishes this new World Sleep Society good luck and success in its future activities.

The WSF2015 meeting just concluded, no leisure time is allowed. Indeed, we concentrate now on the organization of the main ESRS event, the 23rd Congress of the European Sleep Research Society in Bologna, Italy. It will be held 13-16 September 2016; mark the date! To prepare for this meeting, the Scientific Committee, the Local Organizing Committee with the Italian Association of Sleep Medicine, and the ESRS Board met in Bologna at the end of November. Capitalizing on lessons from past meetings, we have finalized a state-of-the-art program with parallel tracks that will ensure a fair representation of all sleep domains and make sure that your interest will be kept alive all throughout the day! Proving again the scientific dynamism of ESRS members, we received 55 excellent Symposia proposals, out of which only 26 could be accepted. As usual, it means pleasure for the speakers accepted in the Symposia but some degree of frustration for others. Please be aware that all proposals were much appreciated and that a refusal does not represent in any way a lack of interest in your work. Rather, we sincerely hope to receive your abstracts for consideration in the oral and poster sessions. And if you were present in the Tallinn or Istanbul meetings, you should by now be aware that our attractive snacks-and-drinks poster sessions are both enjoyable and scientifically productive!

Abstract submission and registration for Bologna will open soon, and the call for travel grants is already in this newsletter. Travel grants are aimed at helping early career researchers to participate in scientific events, gain knowledge and last but not least create new relationships with colleagues. You must know that amongst other activities, the Early Career Research Network initiated at the Tallinn 2014 meeting organizes a promising Early Career Day in the Bologna 2016 meeting, where all early career scientists are invited. Recognizing the important role that this group should and will play in our Society, I also invited a representative of the ECRN executive committee to chair with me the now traditional Young Scientist Symposium, which will take place at the Opening Ceremony. 

Other very important events for the future and development of sleep science and sleep medicine are the upcoming 5th Examination of the Certification in Sleep Medicine and 3rd Examination of Certification in Sleep Medicine for Sleep Technologists, to be held during the Bologna meeting. The organization of the sleep medicine examinations is now taken over by the ESRS Education Committee, headed by the ESRS assistant secretary Tiina Paunio, while the Sleep Medicine Committee, chaired by Thomas Penzel, now works on other missions toward the recognition of Sleep Medicine and accreditation of sleep medicine centres in Europe. The ESRS board wants to take the opportunity here to express its gratitude and deepest thanks to Thomas Penzel for his tremendous work over the past years and the exemplary way he set up and developed the ESRS Sleep Medicine examination. With 342 ESRS somnologists now certified at the European level, we demonstrate the unity and coherence needed to promote the recognition of sleep medicine in all European countries. Another way you can push the sleep domain further is to register yourself as an expert evaluator for the evaluation of the projects funded by the European Commission projects. Not only will you gain better insights on how to make a successful proposal, but you will also be in a good position to promote sleep-related projects, so do not hesitate!   

As for future events, it is also my pleasure to inform you that the ERS and ESRS decided to organize a 4th edition of the joint ERS-ESRS Sleep & Breathing conference in the March-April 2017 period (location to be determined). After the success of the Prague, Berlin and Barcelona meetings, the ERS and ESRS recognize the utmost scientific and educational interest of this joint meeting, and we are glad to continue this collaboration.

And in a few months, already before the Bologna meeting, we will hold the annual meeting of the ESRS Association of National Sleep Societies (ANSS) in Bruxelles in April of 2016. As usual, this meeting will generate fruitful discussions and exchanges between the ESRS board and the presidents of the ANSS. It will also be the opportunity for a meeting with EU officers, organized by the ESRS EU Committee and its chair, Roberto Amici. We also continue in this newsletter our spotlight focus on National Sleep Societies with an interview of Dr Michaela Gjerstad, president of the Norwegian Sleep Association (NSA).

In this newsletter, you will also find reports of the European Insomnia Network and of the European Narcolepsy Network. We are glad see that both are dynamic and in good shape! 

And last but not least, I welcome here the 54 new members who joined us since the last newsletter. You are more than welcome, and I sincerely hope you will find interest and support in your novel society!

I invite you to enjoy this December 2015 issue of the ESRS Newsletter. And do not forget to visit the ESRS website, which is continuously updated.

Do not hesitate to contact me, or any member of the board with any remarks and/or suggestions, which will be most welcome.

Sleep well and keep safe!

Sincerely yours,

Philippe Peigneux
ESRS President


ESRS Newsletter December 2015

Table of contents

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
REPORTS OF THE ESRS COMMITTEES
ESRS Scientific Committee (SC)
ESRS Sleep Medicine Committee (SMC)
ESRS Education Committee (EduCom)
ESRS EU Committee
ESRS Early Career Researcher Network (ECRN)
REPORTS OF THE EUROPEAN NETWORKS
European Insomnia Network (EIN)
European Narcolepsy Network (EU-NN)
REPORT OF THE ASSEMBLY OF NATIONAL SLEEP SOCIETIES (ANSS)
5th ESRS EXAMINATION IN SLEEP MEDICINE
3rd ESRS TECHNOLOGIST EXAMINATION IN SLEEP MEDICINE
CALL 2016 FOR ESRS FELLOWSHIP AND ESRS TRAINING GRANT APPLICATIONS
UPDATE ON THE ESRS 2016 CONGRESS (BOLOGNA, SEP 13 - 16, 2016)
REPORT ON THE WSF 2015 CONGRESS (ISTANBUL, OCT 31 – NOV 3, 2015)
EXPERT EVALUATORS FOR EUROPEAN COMMISSION PROJECT EVALUATIONS
SLEEP MEDICINE TEXTBOOK
NATIONAL SLEEP SOCIETY HIGHLIGHT SERIES
Interview with Dr. Michaela Gjerstad, President of the Norwegian Sleep Association
ESRS EVENTS
ESRS SPONSORED EVENTS AND ENDORSED TRAINING / COURSES
FUTURE MEETINGS
NEW MEMBERS
JOB OPPORTUNITIES

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

Dear ESRS and ANSS members, Colleagues and Friends,

We are living in a difficult world exposed to various threats ranging from horrific terrorist attacks to dramatic climate changes, threats relayed and amplified by modern mass media. All these situations require pondered and..

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REPORTS OF THE ESRS COMMITTEES

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ESRS Scientific Committee (SC)

Since the previous report, the Scientific Committee has received and reviewed all the submitted symposium proposals for the forthcoming congress in Bologna. The Scientific Committee also proposed nominations for keynote speakers, speakers for the joint EBRS/ESRS symposium,..

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ESRS Sleep Medicine Committee (SMC)

The Sleep Medicine Committee organized the fourth examination for ESRS somnologists and the second grandparent examination for sleep technologists in Barcelona during the ESRS / ERS Sleep and Breathing congress on the 15th of April 2015. Most people passed the exam. Now, the..

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ESRS Education Committee (EduCom)

The EDU committee met during the WSF2015 in Istanbul as a joint meeting with the SMC. The discussion focused on planning and developing the ESRS Somnologist and Technologist examinations, to be organized next time at the ESRS meeting in Bologna on Sept. 13, 2016.

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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..

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ESRS Early Career Researcher Network (ECRN)

During the successful World Sleep meeting in Istanbul, the ECRN were proud to host the Early Career Scientist Symposium. The symposium comprised four speakers who were Ph.D students or within 10 years of Ph.D completion. Jelena Mrdalji, Rosa Maria Bruno, Jeffrey Hubbard and..

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REPORTS OF THE EUROPEAN NETWORKS

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European Insomnia Network (EIN)

The last meeting of the European Insomnia Network took place from 17 September to 19 September 2015 in Freiburg, Germany. More than 20 researchers and clinicians from several European countries attended the meeting, which had a two day agenda comprised of several talks..

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European Narcolepsy Network (EU-NN)

The core of the EU-NN is the database, which is growing by 20-50 new cases per month. So far, 1300 cases have been included. 858 cases had been validated by November and thus meet high quality standards. 

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REPORT OF THE ASSEMBLY OF NATIONAL SLEEP SOCIETIES (ANSS)

The ANSS Executive Committee (EC) is preparing next year’s agenda. The main details will be defined during a dedicated meeting in Oporto (January 2016), but city and dates of the next ANSS encounter have already been established (Brussels, 28-30 April 2016). The location was..

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5th ESRS EXAMINATION IN SLEEP MEDICINE

The European Sleep Research Society (ESRS) Board is pleased to announce the
5th Examination of the Certification in Sleep Medicine.

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3rd ESRS TECHNOLOGIST EXAMINATION IN SLEEP MEDICINE

The European Sleep Research Society (ESRS) Board is pleased to announce the
3rd Examination of Certification in Sleep Medicine for Sleep Technologists.

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CALL 2016 FOR ESRS FELLOWSHIP AND ESRS TRAINING GRANT APPLICATIONS

The ESRS Board has established a fund to support early career researchers within Europe. In 2016, a maximum of seven projects will be financed. The deadline for applications is 31 January 2016.

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UPDATE ON THE ESRS 2016 CONGRESS (BOLOGNA, SEP 13 - 16, 2016)

Preparations for the ESRS 2016 meeting in Bologna, 13-16 September 2016 are going well and we look forward to an exciting meeting.

We received a good number of 55 Symposia out of which 26 could be accepted: 20 as Symposia, 1 as a Joint Symposium and 5 as Round Tables..

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REPORT ON THE WSF 2015 CONGRESS (ISTANBUL, OCT 31 – NOV 3, 2015)

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

WorldSleep2015, hosted by the European Sleep Research Society, is over, and we wish to personally thank all of you for your tremendous contribution in making this "Sleep and Health" meeting a true success.

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EXPERT EVALUATORS FOR EUROPEAN COMMISSION PROJECT EVALUATIONS

Invitation to insert new sleep-oriented profiles into the expert database of the DG Research and Innovation of the European Union

Dear Members,

During the recent visit of an ESRS delegation to Brussels, Dr Catherine Berens, who is the Head of the Neuroscience sector of the DG..

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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..

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NATIONAL SLEEP SOCIETY HIGHLIGHT SERIES

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Interview with Dr. Michaela Gjerstad, President of the Norwegian Sleep Association

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

We are following the ESRS accreditation system i.e. no national sleep examination/accreditaion.  The ESRS accreditation is endorsed.
Th..

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ESRS EVENTS

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ESRS SPONSORED EVENTS AND ENDORSED TRAINING / COURSES

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FUTURE MEETINGS

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NEW MEMBERS

The Society welcomes the following new members:

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES

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