ESRS Newsletter March 2018

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

I write this message as we struggle through a major snowstorm that has affected much of Northern Europe and hopefully will represent the “last gasp” of winter.

UPDATE ON ESRS CONGRESS ACTIVITIES

ESRS 2018

With a new record of 1’037 submitted abstracts and 1’903 participants from 64 countries the ESRS congress in Bologna in 2016 was very successful. Building on this great success, we are now looking forward to the 24th Congress of the European Sleep Research Society from 25-28 September 2018 in Basel, Switzerland.

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REPORTS OF THE ESRS COMMITTEES

ESRS Scientific Committee (SC)

The Scientific Committee (SC) of the ESRS is composed of 9 European sleep and chronobiology scientists. Four of them were newly elected in 2016 [Reto Huber, Christoph Nissen, Giovana Zoccoli, Ludger Grote] while the remaining members were already in place since 2014 [they were re-elected in 2016; Gianluca Ficca, Birgit Hogl, Poul Jennum, Gilles Vandewalle]. The committee is chaired by Raphaelle Winsky-Sommerer; since November 2017, the acting-chair is Gilles Vandewalle.

ESRS Sleep Medicine Committee (SMC)

The SMC focusses on the development and recognition of Sleep Medicine as a medical subspecialty in Europe. This committee is regarded as a core activity for the ESRS in order to serve the clinical needs and in order to connect with the ANSS.

ESRS ANSS 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.

ESRS Early Career Researcher Network (ECRN)

The Early Career Researcher Network (ECRN) has been working on the programme for the Early Career Day for the 24th Congress of the ESRS in Basel. The event aims to develop skills needed for all early career researchers - this year we are focused on the dissemination of your research with talks on media training and how to write a paper.

ESRS Web Committee

The committee has met for the first time in February, after a new web developer was chosen through a competitive selection.

REPORTS OF THE EUROPEAN NETWORKS

European Insomnia Network (EIN)

Members of the European Insomnia Network worked together closely and were finally successful in 2017 with the publication of the European Insomnia Guideline (Journal of Sleep Research, 2017, 26, 675-700). The guideline concludes that cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) should be the first-line treatment for insomnia in Europe.

European Narcolepsy Network (EU-NN)

The EU-NN announces the 9th European Narcolepsy Day to be held in the Old School of Medicine of Montpellier/France, 5 – 6 May 2018, organized by Prof. Y. Dauvilliers and his team on behalf of the EU-NN.

European Sleep Apnea Network ESADA

The ESADA group held its annual meeting in Antwerp, Belgium on February 1 to 3. Johan Verbraecken hosted the ESADA group and we had a very productive and exciting meeting. and participation (35) was all-time high! The ESADA is now in it´s 11th year of collaboration.

REPORT OF THE ASSEMBLY OF NATIONAL SLEEP SOCIETIES (ANSS)

The 2018 annual meeting of the ANSS (Assembly of National Sleep Societies) will take place May 4 to 5 in Parma, Italy. The final programme was recently outlined by the Executive Committee in Oporto.

ESRS EXAMINATION IN SLEEP MEDICINE 2018

7th ESRS Examination of Certification in Sleep Medicine

The European Sleep Research Society (ESRS) Board is pleased to announce the 7th Examination of the Certification in Sleep Medicine.

5th Examination of Certification in Sleep Medicine for Sleep Technologists

The European Sleep Research Society (ESRS) Board is pleased to announce the 5th Examination of Certification in Sleep Medicine for Sleep Technologists.

RECIPIENTS OF ESRS FELLOWSHIP, TRAININ GAND MEETING GRANTS

The ESRS Board is pleased to announce the 10 ESRS Grants have been awarded for the year 2018 within the programme to support early career researchers within Europe.

JOURNAL OF SLEEP RESEARCH NEWS

The Journal of Sleep Research recently published the European guideline for the diagnosis and treatment of insomnia 

NATIONAL SLEEP SOCIETY HIGHLIGHT SERIES

Interview with the President of the Interview with the President of the Irish Sleep Society, Dr. Eddie Moloney

Dear Dr. Moloney, what is the status of the accreditation procedures for sleep medicine experts? Can you explain how the procedure works?

Currently, in Ireland, we do not have an accreditation procedure for sleep medicine experts.

SERGE DAAN (1940-2018)

When he engaged in sleep research in the beginning of the 1980s, Serge Daan was already an accomplished chronobiologist. He had obtained his post-doctoral training from two pioneers in the field, Jürgen Aschoff and Colin Pittendrigh.

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

EVENTS OF AFFILIATED NATIONAL SLEEP SOCIETIES

NEW MEMBERS

The Society welcomes the following new members:

JOB OPPORTUNITIES