Suomen Unitutkimus seura
Finnish Sleep Research Society
Prof. Markku Partinen
Number of members
Composition of members (degree, specialties, subspecialties, etc.)
Membership constitutes mostly of professors, PhDs, MDs, physicists, psychologists, biologists and sleep technicians. Most frequent specialties are: pulmonologists, neurologists, clinical neurophysiologists, pediatricians, child neurologists, psychiatrists.
Historical perspective of the society
Finnish Sleep Research Society was founded in 1988 by both sleep clinicians and sleep researchers to promote sleep research, sleep medicine, psychological therapy, and sleep education. Since then it has been an active meeting place for different disciplines interested in various aspects of sleep.
Important sleep physicians / researchers in the history of the NSS
Markku Partinen, Joel Hasan, Dag Stenberg, Tarja Porkka-Heiskanen, Christer Hublin, Olli Polo, Tarja Saaresranta, Sari-Leena Himanen, Tiina Paunio, Tiina Telakivi, Turkka Kirjavainen, Hannu Lauerma, Juha Markkula, Erkki Kronholm, Mikko Härmä, Soili Kajaste, Pirkko Brander, Raija-Leena Punamäki, Päivi Polo, Juulia Paavonen, Outi Saarenpää-Heikkilä, Katja valli, Timo Partonen, Mikael Sallinen.
Number of Sleep Medicine Centers
There are 11 Sleep Medicine Centers with full polysomnography: Helsinki University Central Hospital, Turku University Hospital, Kuopio University Hospital, Oulu University Hospital, Tampere University Hospital, Satakunta Central Hospital in Pori, Savonlinna Central Hospital, Vitalmed Sleep Center in Helsinki, Institute of Occupational Health in Helsinki, Unesta Ltd. In Tampere, Sleep Research Unit of University of Turku, Oivauni Sleep Clinic in Kuopio.
In addition, there are numerous sleep apnea centers with cardiorespiratory polygraphies in both municipal and private clinics.
Number of Sleep Research Centers
There are 6 main Sleep Research Centers: Helsinki University, Turku University, Tampere University Hospital, Unesta Ltd. in Tampere, Vitalmed Sleep Centre in Helsinki, Institute of Occupational Health in Helsinki, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare in Helsinki.
Accreditation / Certification procedure
Finnish Sleep Research Society has special certification/education program for MDs, which constitutes of clinical education with theoretical and hands on-exam. After completing the program the applicant can receive the title “Special Competence in Sleep Medicine” by Finnish Medical Society.
Many Finnish Sleep Clinicians have Nosmac accreditation.
Experienced Sleep Researches can apply for the nomination “Expert in Sleep Research” granted by the Finnish Sleep Research Society.
Please, see above.
Present activities, working groups, task forces
The society organizes National Sleep Symposia twice a year.
Committees for “Special Competence in Sleep Medicine” and “Expert of Sleep Research” plan educational programs and approve programs of individual applicants.