July 2017

Published in ESRS Newsletter July 2017


Dear Colleagues and Friends,

I expect many people reading this newsletter are enjoying summer holidays and I wish everyone a relaxing vacation and opportunity to “recharge the batteries”. We live in interesting times, as the Chinese proverb states, which of course provides challenges but hopefully also opportunities.

There have been developments for the Society since the last newsletter which I will briefly highlight. ESRS recently appointed Bogdan Voinescu to the newly established position of Web Co-ordinator with the objective to guide developments of the society website and create a powerful platform that will enhance all facets of ESRS activities and requirements. A new web committee will be formed that will represent the interests of existing ESRS Committees including sleep medicine and research, education, and advocacy.

The Fourth Sleep and Breathing conference jointly organised by ESRS and ERS was held 6–8 April in Marseille, France was a great success and attended by over 830 delegates. This event has become a regular feature in the meeting calendar and is held in the intervening year between ESRS Congresses. The educational nature of the conference is highly popular among practicing clinicians and allied health professionals.  We are already looking forward to the fifth Sleep and Breathing conference in 2019.

I was pleased to attend the two-day meeting of the Sleep Medicine Committee recently in Berlin and a report is provided in this newsletter by Thomas Penzel. The Sleep Medicine Committee is a key component of the society, which can address the interests and requirements of society members practicing clinical sleep medicine such as guideline development, accreditation of sleep medicine centres, interactions with ANSS and other relevant scientific societies such as ERS and EAN. Several important initiatives were agreed at this meeting which I hope will progress over the next 12 months. I congratulate the French Sleep Society on the recent official recognition of sleep medicine as a designated subspecialty which should undoubtedly benefit the development of the specialty in France and provide support and encouragement for other countries to have sleep officially recognised as a specialty.

Finally, the Society notes with sorrow and sympathy the recent passing of Alain Muzet, a longstanding ESRS member and previous secretary. An obituary is included in the newsletter to document his career and acknowledge his important contribution to the ESRS.


Walter McNicholas
ESRS President