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The Icelandic Sleep Research Society (ISRS)


Dr. Erna Sif Arnardottir

Email: ernasifa@ru.is

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

Foundation year


Number of members

84 paying members

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

MDs (pulmonology, general practice, ENT, pediatrics, clinical chemistry), psychologists, biologists, nurses, assistant nurses, biomedical engineers, etc.

Historical perspective of the society

Started informally in 1987 but was officially founded in 1991 by six founding members; Thorarinn Gislason, Helgi Kristbjarnarson, Bjorg Thorleifsdottir, Sigridur Sigurdardottir, Bryndis Benediktsdottir and Julius Bjornsson.
The aim of the society has been from the beginning to increase awareness of sleep and sleep disorders among the public and health professionals as well as to increase and support sleep research in Iceland.

Important sleep physicians / researchers in the history of the NSS

Thorarinn Gislason, Helgi Kristbjarnarson, and Bryndis Benediktsdottir.

Number of Sleep Medicine Centers

Dept of Respiratory Medicine and Sleep, Landspitali – The National University Hospital of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland.
5 centers around Iceland have type 3 portable monitors for sleep apnea detection.

Number of Sleep Research Centers

Dept of Respiratory Medicine and Sleep, Landspitali – The National University Hospital of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland.

Accreditation / Certification procedure

The Nordic Sleep Medicine Accreditation of the Nordic Sleep Assembly.

Educational programs

As a part of university education of health professions; MDs, psychologists and biomedical engineers.

Present activities, working groups, task forces

The ISRS holds educational conferences for its members and others working in sleep research every month.
Also, the members of the society have been active in emphasizing the importance of sleep and sleep disorders in the Icelandic media: TV, radio, and newspapers. We are now assembling a taskforce to add material to our homepage for the Icelandic public.
The ISRS also supports its members to go to international sleep conferences such as the ESRS.


We are a small society but also very active in sleep research and enjoy a research collaboration with many other countries such as Sweden and the US.

February 2, 2021


For further information about the ESRS,
please contact the ESRS Office:

Günzstr. 4
93059 Regensburg


Phone: +49 941 89939875
Fax: +49 941 89939877

VAT ID no.:DE306025081
Register no. of associations: VR 1646 AG Regensburg
Vereinsregister: VR 1646 AG Regensburg