NORWAY

Norsk forening for søvnmedisin

Norwegian Society of Sleep Medicine (NOSM)

President

Dr. Morten Engstrøm
morten.engstrom@ntnu.no


Foundation year

1997

Webpage

Number of members

135

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

Majority of physicians (ENT, GP, neurology, neurophysiology, pediatrics, pulmonology, psychiatry); psychologists, PhD’s and others.

Historical perspective of the society

The society was founded in Bergen in 1997, to establish contacts between sleep researchers and clinicians, and to provide information about national and international activity within the field of sleep research and sleep medicine. Since 2006 the society has been working on accreditation of sleep specialists.

Important sleep physicians / researchers in the history of the NSS

Reidun Ursin, Khalil Kayed, Mona Skard Heier, Inger Hilde Nordhus, Trond Bratlid, Bjørn Bjorvatn, Ståle Pallesen, Kåre Gautvik, Børge Sivertsen, Fred Holsten, Harriet Akre, Olav Skatvedt, Magne Tvinnereim, Harald Schrader, Trond Sand, Michaela D. Gjerstad.

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

Center for Sleep Disorders, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen.
www.helse-bergen.no/omoss/avdelinger/senter-for-sovnmedisin/Sider/enhet.aspx 
University Hospitals of Tromsø, Bodø, Trondheim, Oslo and Stavanger provide full diagnostic and treatment of sleep disorders.
54 actors (public and private) providing partly or complete diagnostic and treatment of sleep disorders.
www.helsebergen.no/omoss/avdelinger/sovno/Sider/behandlingstilbod.aspx 

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

Norwegian Competence Center for Sleep Disorders, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen (www.sovno.no)

Norwegian Centre of Expertise for Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Hypersomnias (http://nevsom.no)

Accreditation / Certification procedure

22 “grandmothers” and “grandfathers” were accredited according to the interim regulation of the ESRS.
Accreditation guidelines for Sleep labs, MDs, psychologists, technicians are currently under revision.

Educational programs

Workshops for continuing education are organized at the National Center for Sleep Disorders, Haukeland University Hospital, and Department of Neurology, University of Trondheim and at the National Center for ADHD, Tourette and Narcolepsy.

Present activities, working groups, task forces

Accreditation guidelines for MDs, psychologists, technicians are currently under revision.

Other main aims:

  • To disseminate knowledge about sleep, sleep assessment and sleep disorders.
  • To unite professionals from many disciplines in the pursuit of knowledge about sleep.
  • To inform members and other interested parties about central conferences and meetings within the field of sleep research and sleep medicine.
  • To promote sleep research.