Prof. Dr. Johan Verbraecken

Multidisciplinary Sleep Disorders Centre
Antwerp University Hospital

Johan Verbraecken is chair of the Multidisciplinary Sleep Disorders Centre of the Antwerp University Hospital since 2005.  At the same time he is also the training director for respiratory medicine at the University of Antwerp (Belgium). Until recently, he was president of the Belgian Association for Sleep research and Sleep medicine, board member of the European Sleep Research Society and member of the Executive Committee of the Assembly of National Sleep Societies.

He also had active roles in the European Respiratory Society (ERS) as chair of the Sleep and control of breathing Group, as E-Learning Director, as Chair of the Accreditation Review Committee, as co-organiser of the Sleep and Breathing conference, and as organiser of symposia and courses. His current roles are member of the Respiratory Sleep Medicine committee, associate editor of the Eur Respir J Open Research and Respiratory Research, member of the ERS College of Experts, and member of the long range planning committee of the Sleep Assembly.

He is author or coauthor of more than 300 scientific papers and contributions in books in the field of sleep medicine. Milestones are the ERS Statement Papers “Non-CPAP therapies in obstructive sleep apnoea” (Eur Respir J, 2011), “Definition, discrimination, diagnosis, and treatment of central breathing disturbances during sleep”(Eur Respir J, 2017), “Challenges in obstructive sleep apnoea” (Lancet Respir Med 2018), the ESRS Guideline on Insomnia (J Sleep Res 2017) and the recent ERS Guideline on “Non-CPAP therapies in OSA” (Eur Respir Rev 2021). He is also the Chief Editor of the textbook “Sleep and sleep disorders. A practical handbook” (ACCO, 2020).