CROATIA

Hrvatsko somnološko društvo - Društvo za medicinu spavanja Hrvatskoga liječničkog zbora

Croatian Somnological Society - Society for Sleep Medicine of
the Croatian Medical Association

President

Prof. Dr. Zoran Dogas
zdogas@bsb.mefst.hr


Presentation held during the ANSS meeting in:
Brussels, Belgium, 28. - 30.04.2016 (PDF)


Foundation year

1994

Number of members

40

Composition of members (degree, specialties, subspecialties, etc.)

Basic biomedicine and health research, neurologists, psychiatrists, ENT surgeons, pulmonologists, psychologists, dental medicine, etc.

We also offer associate memberships for students and technicians.

Historical perspective of the society

The first whole-night EEG and polygraph recordings was performed by Prof. Vera Dürrigl in early 1970s in Zagreb, Psychiatric Hospital Vrapce at the Service for EEG and Clinical Psychophysiology.
The first Center for Sleep Disorders in Croatia was established by Prof. Vera Dürrigl in 1981 at the Psychiatric Hospital Vrapce in Zagreb.
The Croatian Somnological Society was founded in 1994 as a section of the Croatian Medical Association and Prim. Dr. Danilo Hodoba was elected the first president.
The first Sleep Laboratory in Southern Croatia was founded in 2001 in Split as a joint project of the University of Split, School of Medicine and University Hospital Split. The founders were Prof. Zoran Dogas, head of the Department of Neuroscience and Prof. Goran Racic, head of the ENT Department.
The two major sleep laboratories in Zagreb and Split became Sleep Medicine Centers at the general assembly meeting of the Croatian Somnological Society-Society for Sleep Medicine of the Croatian Medical Association in 2010.

Important sleep physicians / researchers in the history of the NSS

Prof. Vera Dürrigl, the first whole-night EEG and polygraph recordings in early 1970s; established the first Center for Sleep Disorders in Croatia in 1981.
Danilo Hodoba, the founder and the first president of the Society; head of the Department for Clinical Psychophysiology, Psychiatric Hospital Vrapce.
Pavao Krmpotic, director of the Sleep Medicine Center, Psychiatric Hospital Vrapce.
Prof. Goran Racic, co-founder of the Sleep Medicine Center in Split; Head of the ENT Department, University Hospital Split.
Prof. Zoran Dogas, co-founder and the director of the Sleep Medicine Center in Split; founder of the basic neuroscience animal lab in respiratory control, head of the Neuroscience Department, University of Split, School of Medicine.
Dr. Branko Sever, founder of the Sleep Lab at the Clinic for Pulmology Jordanovac of the University Hospital in Zagreb in 2003.
Prof. Dr. Biserka Resic, founder of the pediatric sleep lab at the University Hospital Split.
Dr. Vukmir Vlasic, founder of the pediatric sleep lab at the Children’s Hospital Srebrnjak in Zagreb.

Number of Sleep Medicine Centers (link to their titles and locations)

In 2010, first 2 officially accredited Sleep Medicine Centres according to ESRS guidelines:

  • Sleep Medicine Center, Psychiatric Hospital Vrapce, Zagreb, Croatia
  • Sleep Medicine Center in Split, University Hospital Split and University of Split, School of Medicine, Split, Croatia (www.mefst.hr/default.aspx?id=1742)

Number of Sleep Research Centers (link to their titles and locations)

Department of Neuroscience, Laboratory for Basic Neuroscience and Laboratory for Clinical Neuroscience with Sleep Medicine Center,

University of Split, School of Medicine, Split, Croatia
www.mefst.hr/default.aspx?id=594

Accreditation / Certification procedure

ACC procedure started in 2010 with 2 accredited full SMCs (in Zagreb and Split) according to ESRS guidelines as published in 2006, and 4 certified somnologists (Hodoba, Krmpotic, Racic, and Dogas) according to ESRS guidelines published in 2009.

Educational programs

Since 2003, University of Split and University of Zagreb: elective graduate and postgraduate courses for MDs (Sleep medicine, Sleep apnea);
Regular annual or bi-annual CME courses (Sleep medicine, Sleep disordered breathing, Basic polysomnography, and Advanced polysomnography);
Occasional International basic and advanced courses on sleep medicine and sleep disordered breathing.

Present activities, working groups, task forces

Presently active task forces:

  • Task force for the reimbursement guidelines of the Croatian Department for Health Insurance,
  • Task force of the Croatian Somnological Society for accreditation/certification procedure, Sleep technicians/nurses section of the Croatian Somnological Society,
  • Task force for collaboration with the Croatian Ministry of Health in creating and adopting the legal documents on accreditation of sleep medicine centers, certification of sleep professionals, and education of sleep experts.
  • Croatian Somnological Society is very active in collaboration with the patient group “Apnea”.

Miscellaneous

Croatian Somnological Society – Society for Sleep Medicine of the Croatian Medical Association is using the official journal of the Croatian Medical Association named Lijecnicki vjesnik, which was founded in 1877.
The Society is supporting and actively participating in the Brain Awareness Week, World Sleep Day, and Narcolepsy Day, which take place every year in March.