Česká společnost pro výzkum spánku a spánkovou medicínu

Czech Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine Society


Dr. Jana Vyskočilová


Presentation held during the ANSS meeting in: Brussels, Belgium, 28. – 30.04.2016 (PDF)

Foundation year


Number of members


Composition of members (degree, specialties, subspecialties, etc.)

Neurology: 54, Respiratory medicine: 43, ENT: 20, Technicians: 14, Cardiology: 12, Psychiatry + Psychology: 6, Internal medicine: 6.

Historical perspective of the society

Despite the fact that Bedřich Roth started to examine sleep in Prague in 1951, the real development of Czech sleep medicine began after the change of regime in the 1990s. Since 1991, Prague neurologists have held annual meetings devoted to sleep disorders. Later, one of these meetings was attended by other specialists, and in 2001, M. Moráň, S. Nevšímalová, P. Rambousek, P. Smolík, K. Šonka, M. Trefný, and J. Vyskočilová founded the Czech Society for Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine.

Important sleep physicians / researchers in the history of the NSS

Clinical research: Bedřich Roth, Jaroslava Dittrichová, Soňa Nevšímalová, Karel Šonka

Number of Sleep Medicine Centers

17, the list is on Society website

Number of Sleep Research Centers


Accreditation / Certification procedure

The accreditation process inspired by ESRS rules started in 2005. The process is completely managed by the Society and the status of an accredited Sleep Centre is recognized by health insurance companies but not by the state authorities.

Educational programs

Since 2006, the Society has been organising biennial theoretical courses in sleep medicine followed by theoretical and practical examinations.

Present activities, working groups, task forces

In cooperation with Slovak colleagues, the Society organizes annual Czech and Slovak Sleep Congresses. The Society collaborates with other medical societies in the discussion with state health care authorities and health insurance agencies.


The Society was the local organiser of the successful 17th ESRS Congress held in Prague in October 2004 (with Soňa Nevšimalova chairing the local organising committee). With ESRS support, the Society organised an International Symposium on Narcolepsy and Hypersomnia in 2009 to mark the unattained 90th birthday of Bedřich Roth. The Society tries to promote research by awarding the best publications of the year and by supporting presenters in ESRS or WASM or APSS congresses.

February 7, 2019
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