ESRS Newsletter December 2018

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

The Society had another highly successful Congress in Basel during last September and I congratulate and thank all those involved in the organisation and delivery of an excellent scientific and social programme. The attendance was close to our record in Bologna and the scientific content was excellent with outstanding original basic and clinical science in addition to a broad range of symposia that covered most aspects of sleep medicine and science. The Congress Centre worked very well and shows how the close proximity of all activities promotes networking and scientific interaction. The feedback to me from those in attendance was universally positive.

46 YEARS LATER, BASEL AND THE ESRS: STILL A SUCCESS!

The 24th ESRS Congress held in Basel, Switzerland, last September was very well attended with almost 1800 delegates from 69 countries. We received very positive feedback on the scientific programme which consisted of 80 sessions, including symposia, round tables and oral sessions, and 5 satellite symposia.

ESRS 2018: STATISTICAL REPORT

The 24th meeting of the ESRS was attended by 1’733 participants. The majority of sessions was well attended which attests to the high quality of the scientific programme and the wide interest in the field of Sleep Research.

REPORTS OF THE ESRS COMMITTEES

ESRS Scientific Committee (SC)

The 24th Congress of the ESRS in Basel was a big success, with almost 1800 delegates from more than 60 different countries, and an exciting scientific programme composed of more than 1000 submitted abstracts, organized in 80 sessions, 5 teaching courses, 5 satellite symposia and, for the first time, 3 poster walks.

We reach out for 800 Certified ESRS Somnologists

The education committee discussed the organization and co-ordination of the web-based education of ESRS at its meeting in Basel (28th Oct). The plan is to provide material in relation to both basic research and clinical sleep medicine. While the activity is co-ordinated by EDU, the executive function is co-ordinated for the part involving basic research by Dr Tarja Stenberg and for the part involving clinical sleep medicine by a clinical sleep expert nominated by the Sleep Medicine Committee.

Sleep science school and travel grants

The RNC has been renewed after the ESRS meeting in Basel and the new composition can be viewed here.

In the past months, preparations for the basic sleep school were initiated. The next school will take place in September 29-October 4, 2019.

Learning to ‘selling’ our science with the ECRN

At the recent ESRS congress in Basel, we hosted a session ‘Selling your science’ with science documentary maker Nelleke Koop, science TV producer Wiesje Kuijpers and past ECRN coordinator Erna Sif Arnardottir. As scientists, our relationship with the media can sometimes feel like a tug of war over accurately portraying our research and producing an entertaining program/article.

A brand new experience: the ESRS website is almost here!

We cannot really quite believe how the last few months have flown past, but we are almost ready for the big reveal. Back in March, we announced that we were giving the established ESRS website a much-needed overhaul. The new website will bring together sleek design elements with a revamped layout and a stylish menu functionality.

REPORTS OF THE EUROPEAN NETWORKS

Establishment of an Academy for CBT-I

The European Insomnia Network met in May in Freiburg in order to discuss the establishment of an academy for CBT-I. According to the deliberations a manuscript has been prepared, which will soon be submitted to the Journal of Sleep Research. This manuscript will outline the criteria for an academy for cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia and explain in detail its dissemination in Europe.

New European Treatment Guidelines and Centers of Excellence for Narcolepsy

As the new president of the EU-NN it is a pleasure to inform you about the activities of our network over the last few months. Geert Mayer and Markku Partinen left the EU-NN board: please join us in thanking them for their hard work and positive energy they devoted to the EU-NN. Giuseppe Plazzi (vie-president) and Birgitte Kornum (member-at-large) joined us and with Aleksandra Wierzbicka (treasurer), Rolf Fronczek (secretary) and myself constitute the new board.

ESADA Network - Summary on a Productive and Successful Year 2018

The ESADA network has had a productive and successful year 2018. A number of topics listed below are hopefully of interest for ESRS members and the scientific community engaged in sleep apnea management and research.

ASSEMBLY OF NATIONAL SLEEP SOCIETIES – MODEL TO COOPERATE AMONG DIFFERENT NATIONS

The Assembly of National Sleep Societies organized the ANSS Networking Meeting symposia at the recent 24th Congress of the ESRS, that was held in Basel on 27th of September. The EC ANSS chair Liborio Parrino presented the current situation of sleep medicine in Europe and the main difficulties among the different national sleep societies.

SLEEPING ON IT CAN HELP YOU MAKE A BETTER DECISION?

The Open Access article Nap-mediated benefit to implicit information processing across age using an affective priming paradigm from Netasha Shaikh and Elizabeth Coulthard

CALL 2019 FOR ESRS FELLOWSHIP AND TRAINING GRANT APPLICATIONS

The ESRS Board has established a fund to support early career researchers within Europe. The deadline for applications is 15 January 2019.

The call can be viewed here.

CERTIFIED EXPERT SOMNOLOGISTS 2018

The seventh examination for Somnologists commissioned by the ESRS took place in Basel on 25 September 2018 during the 24th Congress of the European Sleep Research Society.

The ESRS Board and the ESRS Examination Subcommittee congratulate all those who passed the ESRS Examination in Sleep Medicine and obtained certification as Expert Somnologists.

CERTIFIED TECHNOLOGISTS 2018

The fifth examination of Sleep Technologists commissioned by the ESRS took place in Basel on 25 September 2018 during the 24th Congress of the European Sleep Research Society.

The ESRS Board and the ESRS Examination Subcommittee congratulate all those who passed the examination and obtained a certification as Expert Somnologist Technologists.

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 medicine (Penzel et al. 2014, Journal of Sleep Research).

ESRS ENDORSED TRAINING, COURSES & EVENTS

OTHER TRAINING & COURSES

NEW MEMBERS

The Society welcomes the following new members:

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

APPENDIX I: MINUTES OF THE ESRS BUSINESS MEETING (BASEL 2018)

Date: 27 September 2018, 18:00 – 20:00
Participants: The meeting has been attended by 154 ESRS members.
Venue: Room Montreal, Congress Centre Basel, Messeplatz 21, 4058 Basel, CH

APPENDIX II: ESRS BYLAWS UPDATE (BASEL 2018)

Articles of Association of the European Sleep Research Society (ESRS) e. V.