July 2015

Published in ESRS Newsletter July 2015


Dear ESRS and ANSS members, Colleagues and Friends,

The beautiful month of July is once again upon us after a year filled to the brim with exciting new research themes, clinical activities and teaching in the sleep domain. I hope this summer ESRS newsletter finds you in splendid shape and that you will enjoy pleasant and well-deserved breaks between busy days devoted to finalizing delayed articles!

What’s the news from the ESRS front?

In April 2015, we had successfully organized, for the third time, a joint ERS-ESRS Sleep & Breathing meeting in Barcelona. The educational and scientific program was excellent and unanimously appreciated and was an occasion for many of the attendees to get a comprehensive overview of sleep and sleep disorders. We are grateful to the ERS and ESRS Sleep & Breathing chairs for their very dedicated and excellent work.

Sleep & Breathing in Barcelona was also an opportunity for the ESRS to certify 64 new Expert Somnologists and 32 grandparent Expert Somnologist Technologists. The ESRS board warmly congratulates these successful candidates, and you will find their names in this issue. The new Experts were also the first applicants to sustain an examination based on the European Sleep Medicine textbook, which is based on the ESRS Catalogue of Knowledge and Skills for Sleep Medicine. The textbook is now the established reference material for the development of the European certification in sleep medicine and has been endorsed by other societies (e.g. the ERS). If you do not yet have your copy of this book, you can order it here. This will give you time to prepare for the next Expert Somnologist examination, which will take place in September 2016 in Bologna at the 23rd ESRS meeting.

Shortly after Barcelona, the annual meeting of the Association of National Sleep Societies (ANSS) of the ESRS was held in Prague. This meeting was the stage for fruitful discussions and exchanges between the ESRS board and the presidents of the ANSS, as you will see from the report of Liborio Parrino, head of the Executive Committee of ANSS. In this newsletter, we are also continuing our spotlight focus on National Sleep Societies with an interview of Isabelle Arnulf, president of the French Society for Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine (SFRMS). 

This newsletter also reports on the evolution of the Journal of Sleep Research. The ESRS board is happy to inform you that the JSR is in good standing and is positively evolving with an increasing impact factor during a period where other journals are having difficulties to maintain their publication level. Though much remains to be done, as always, we are working on it together with the Editor-in-Chief of JSR and his team of Editors, but we are in a positive trend. We would also like to take this opportunity to remind you that the Journal of Sleep Research is the perfect choice to be read and discussed by colleagues in the sleep domain, so do not hesitate submitting your best papers! And finally, we are happy to report that the Editor-in-Chief of the JSR has been awarded a Distinguished Scientist Award by the Sleep Research Society (SRS) for his scientific contributions. We congratulate Derk-Jan Dijk for this deserved award, which underlies the dynamism of European sleep science. 
As for the future, there is more than enough to keep all of us busy in the upcoming months and following year. As you well know, since Kyoto in 2011, the ESRS is hosting Sleep & Health 2015, the 7th World Congress of the World Sleep Federation in Istanbul (October 31 – November 3, 2015). The scientific program is now complete and more than exciting with exceptional keynote speakers and symposia in the basic, clinical and translational areas of sleep and teaching courses on the first day. We also have many oral and poster communications, and we really hope to see you in Istanbul!

But very soon will also come our 23rd biennial ESRS meeting in Bologna (September 13-16, 2016), a superb Italian city with a long history of outstanding contributions to sleep research and sleep medicine. The 23rd ESRS congress in Bologna will be a must-be-there event, and very soon you will be invited to propose symposia. As always, symposia will be at the core of the scientific content and highlights of the ESRS congress. Your contributions are highly valued and will receive the full attention of the organizers and especially of the Scientific Committee. We are confident that with your contributions, the ESRS will continue to offer the best science in sleep research and sleep medicine to our congress attendees.
I wish you all the best and a pleasant reading of this 2015 July newsletter. Sleep well, keep safe and do not hesitate to contact me or any member of the ESRS board with your remarks and suggestions. We need your involvement in fostering the sleep domain!

Philippe Peigneux
ESRS President