All posts by Erica Schwebs

Sleep Science Friday: Assembly of National Sleep Societies – 2021 Annual Meeting

7 May 2021 The Assembly of National Sleep Societies (ANSS) is a grouping of European sleep societies with the common goal to develop sleep medicine and sleep research. It is a formal body of the ESRS and represents the associate members from different European sleep societies. 31 European national sleep societies are currently members of the ANSS representing over 7,100 associate members. The Annual Meeting of the ANSS in the European Sleep Research Society will take place Saturday, 8-May 2021 virtually, starting at 13:00h CET.   There is a very robust programme planned, including an address from ESRS President Dr. Pierre-Hervé Luppi, who will provide an overview of ESRS activities, upcoming events and changes within the society and facilitate a discussion on future collaborations with the Presidents of the 31 National Sleep Societies.    Special Lecture by Invited Speaker …

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Sleep Science Friday: Wake-Sleep Transition Zone – Microsleep Episodes

30 April 2021   What is a microsleep episode (MSE), and the importance for detection? Dr. David Schreier, Sleep-Wake Scientist at the Department of Neurology, Bern, Switzerland and Dr. Jelena Skorucak, Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Zurich, Switzerland explain this in more detail, along with presenting their studies on the topic.  In their video below, Dr. Schreier states that while there is no universal definition of MSEs, they can be generally described as short episodes or periods of sleep, assuming the basic state is wakefulness (of which the opposite is arousal, which represents short periods of wakefulness assuming the basic state is sleep).      The accurate detection, scoring and diagnosis of MSEs is critical as it can be a major risk factor in various situations such as driving or operating other heavy machinery.  Recent studies have aimed to better characterize microsleep transition …

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Sleep Science Friday: 2021 Sleep Science School – Application Is Open

23 April 2021 After two successful ESRS Sleep Science Schools, the third one will be taking place this year, 26 September to 1 October at the CNRS Villa Clythia site in the city of Frejus at the Mediterranean Sea (South France). These thematic schools aim to gather early career sleep scientists around different fundamental sleep topics. Themes already covered include Neural Networks in Sleep and Sleep & Aging.   This year, the focus will be on The Functions of Sleep.  The program will be highly proactive and aimed at a maximal involvement of participants. It will include in-depth lectures by a faculty of international sleep experts on topics related to the functions of sleep (both human and animal work), together with presentations and discussions of the participants’ own research. The agenda will also include interactive workshop …

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Sleep Science Friday: 2021 Sleep and Breathing Virtual Is Underway

16 April 2021 What an inspiring start to the first ever Virtual Sleep & Breathing Conference today!  Earlier, we heard from Co-Chairs, Maria Bonsignore, Researcher and Professor of sleep and breathing disorders, including obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) at the University of Palermo, Italy, and Walter McNicholas, Consultant in Respiratory and Sleep Medicine at St. Vincent’s Hospital Group, Dublin, Ireland, Newman Clinical Research Professor at UCD and a Principal Clinical Investigator at the UCD Conway Institute and Former President of the European Sleep Research Society (ESRS) and the European Respiratory Society (ERS).  During this session, we got an update on disordered breathing research, sleep research outside the respiratory domain and the key developments in basic sleep research since 2019. What a far …

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Sleep Science Friday: Rockin´and Readin´with Prof. Riemann – The Beatles

2 April 2021 Sleep & sleep disorders in popular culture Dear members of the ESRS, Dear colleagues, I think we all share a common interest in the science of sleep and clinical sleep medicine. For my part, I have been active in this field for almost 40 years now. Somehow, my deep interest in the topic has endowed me with a kind of “attentional bias” for all things sleep-related. That is to say, if somewhere the word sleep or any reference to sleep disorders pops up, it captures my attention more than other topics. As I am also an avid and ecclectic reader of many kinds of different books, ranging from Shakespeare´s century to nowadays, and of many different genres, …

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Sleep Science Friday: COVID-19 and Sleep Webinar Report

26 March 2021 In celebration of World Sleep Day, 19-March 2021, ESRS hosted a Live Webinar on the topic: Sleep and Sleep Disturbances During the COVID-19 Pandemic – What Can Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine Tell Us? A European Perspective. Almost 300 people from not just Europe, but all over the world participated in the event.  It was chaired by Prof. Dr. Dieter Riemann and featured several renowned panellists, including Prof. Markku Partinen, Prof. Damien Leger, Prof. Nicola Cellini, Prof. Valentina Alfonsi and Prof. Ellemarije Altena. It was an impressive display of the research that our ESRS members have conducted since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in late 2019/early 2020. Each presenter touched on a unique aspect of how the pandemic has impacted our lives, our work and our sleep in some way or another.  …

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Sleep Science Friday: Women In Science

Sleep Science Friday: Women In Science 12 March 2021   With regard to  International Women’s Day on 8 March, we would like to acknowledge all women in science and  bring attention to women’s achievements in the sleep field. The ESRS Forum for Women in Sleep Research  is an open forum informally created in 1998 (during the ESRS Congress in Madrid). It aims to support female researchers as well as to encourage and promote scientific research pertaining to issues concerning women’s health and sleep. It has since been successively led by distinguished female scientists in the sleep field – Professor Irene Tobler (Switzerland), Professor Tarja Porkka-Heiskanen (Finland), Professor Theresa Sagales (Spain), Professor Teresa Paiva (Portugal), Professor Myriam Kerkhofs (Belgium), Professor Eveline de Bruin (the Netherlands) and Dr. Raphaelle Winsky-Sommerer (England). As of today, the ESRS is opening the …

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