ESRS Newsletter March 2014


Dear ESRS and ANSS members, Dear Colleagues and Friends,

One year ago at this same period, I was telling you that if the few months following our traditional ESRS congress were once upon a time a quiet period, the content of the March 2013 newsletter’s edition clearly demonstrated how the ESRS teams are working hard to the benefit of our society.


ESRS Research Networking Committee (RNC)

The RNC continues to facilitate the Networking of Sleep Researchers. On 13th December, 2013 the Co-ordinators of the European Networks (Forum for Women in Sleep Research; EIN; EU-NN; ESADA) were asked to circulate a letter encouraging their members to become ESRS members as well register their Laboratory in our European Sleep Research Database.

ESRS Scientific Committee (SC)

Since the previous report of activity, the symposium sessions for the Tallinn meeting have been finalised and the Scientific Committee has scheduled these within the Scientific Programme.

ESRS Sleep Medicine Committee (SMC)

The Sleep Medicine Committee is working towards the next examinations which will take place at the beginning of the next ESRS congress 2014 in Tallinn, on 16th September 2014. Currently ESRS members can submit their applications. The deadline for submission is 3rd April 2014.

ESRS EU Committee

The main aims of the Committee are: i) to bring the topics of “sleep” and “sleep disorders” to the attention of the EU in order to receive support for research and teaching activities; ii) to promote sleep-related issues from a political point of view at a European and National level.


European Insomnia Network (EIN)

Already in 2013, the European Insomnia Network had applied for funding with the so-called EU Cost Action. Cost actions do not serve to directly fund research work, but they are aimed at supporting networking between researchers and clinicians Europe-wide.

European Narcolepsy Network (EU-NN)

The 5th European Narcolepsy Day (END) was held in Copenhagen, March 14-16, chaired by Dr. Prof. P. Jennum (see ).

The European Sleep Apnea Database (ESADA)

News from the ESADA sleep apnea network

The European Sleep Apnea Database – ESADA – was started in 2006 as a collaborative database effort between more than 27 European sleep centres.


The EC of the ANSS has met in Valencia (March 2014) and had frequent contacts via e-mail and telephone conferences (December 2013 and February 2014). The activities can be summarized as follows:
Our main activity is the ongoing preparation for the Annual ANNS meeting in Graz, Austria, together with the ESRS board and relevant ESRS committees.


ESRS 2014

Preparations for the ESRS 2014 meeting in Tallinn, 16 - 20 September 2014 are going well and we look forward to an exciting meeting.

The Preliminary Programme is online at . We are proud to have with Prof. Richard Morris, Prof. Allison Harvey, Prof. Jim Krueger and Prof. Jan Hedner 4 outstanding keynote speakers. The scientific programme will also include symposia, teaching courses, video and case discussion sessions, round table discussions, oral and poster sessions and a new network session for Young European Sleep Researchers 

The oral and poster sessions are a very important part of the congress and we would like to encourage you to submit an abstract for the congress. Please visit for further details. The abstract submission deadline is on 23 April 2014. 

The early registration deadline is on 29 April 2014. Don’t miss the deadline to save considerably on the registration fees. Registration can be done online at the congress website

ESRS has designated event-travel specialist Congrex Travel to serve as the official agent for travel. Please visit the congress website for the hotel and flights offers.

ESRS 2016

Bologna in Italy has been chosen as the venue for the ESRS 2016 congress. First preparations to organise the congress have already started and the ESRS Board is looking forward to holding the congress in this great Italian city.

ESRS 2018

The ESRS Board has issued a call for applications to host the ESRS 2018 congress. Please refer to the bid manual for all further information. 

Sleep & Breathing 2015

The third international congress organized by the European Respiratory Society (ERS) and (ESRS) will be held in Barcelona from 16-18 April 2015.
The Sleep and Breathing conference is the largest pan-European meeting of its type and the only meeting offering an integrated approach to the investigation and treatment of sleep disorders.
In Barcelona 2015, the focus remains predominantly on sleep breathing disorders and the programme will cover as well other sleep-related areas of paediatrics, obesity, cardiovascular disorders, diabetes, psychology, psychiatry and neurology.

Organising Committee:

Chairs:  Prof. Walter McNicholas, Prof. Anita Simonds
Vice Chairs: Prof. Claudio Bassetti, Prof. Johan Verbraecken
Committee:Prof. Stefan Andreas, Prof. Wilfried De Backer, Prof. Lino Nobili, Prof. Javier Puertas, Prof. Josep M Montserrat, Prof. Joan Santamaria

Visit the official website for more details and important information.

Register now for Examinations in Tallinn

Registration for the two upcoming examinations for certification in sleep medicine closes on 3 April, 2014. Do not delay, apply online now.

Please find information and instructions on the application process below.

The 3rd Examination of the Certification in Sleep Medicine:
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 at 17:30 – 18:45 at the ESRS Congress in Tallinn

The examination will be a written test consisting of 50 multiple-choice questions to be completed on-site. Cut-off for successfully passing the examination is 50% of correct answers.

Doctors, Physicians, and Psychologists that wish to take the examination must be current members of the ESRS and should have a minimum level of experience in sleep medicine as outlined in the application announcement .

The 1st Examination of the Certification in Sleep Medicine for Sleep Technologists :
Tuesday, 16 September, 17:30 – 18:45 and Wednesday, 17 September, 17:00 – 20:00 at the ESRS/ESST Congress in Tallinn

This will be the first technologist examination directed exclusively at ”grandfathers” and ”grandmothers”. ”Grandparenting” is a procedure which applies to professionals with wide experience in sleep technology, medicine and research. It is envisioned by the ESRS that the ”grandparents” in this context may take the lead in future European and National activities to promote sleep medicine professionals.
The examination will consist of two components. The first part will be a written test consisting of 50 multiple-choice questions to be completed on-site. A suggested reading list will be provided. Cut-off for successfully passing this part of the examination is 50% of correct answers. The second part of the examination will focus on practical skills. This part will involve sleep staging, event scoring and interpreting 2 excerpts from PSG recordings and also a full MSLT recording. Both parts must be successfully passed in order to qualify for certification.

Technologists, nurses, and other sleep professionals that wish to take the examination must be current members of the ESRS and should meet the application criteria as specified on the application announcement .


The ESRS Research Networking Committee is pleased to announce that ten ESRS Travel Grants have been awarded for the year 2014 within the programme developed to promote travel of young sleep researchers in order to learn a specific technique or methodology in an experienced laboratory belonging to the ESRS Network of Sleep Research Laboratories.





The Society welcomes the following new members: