Teaching Courses Programme

Teaching Course 1 (full day): Update on Sleep Medicine I
Chairs: Z. Dogas (Split, HR) / T. Penzel (Berlin, DE)

This course is intended for sleep physicians and sleep researchers interested in diagnosing and treating sleep disorders. In the morning the course will give an update on diagnostic methods, both portable and sleep center based methods and recent advances. New knowledge on circadian rhythm disorders will be presented. The catalogue of knowledge and skills for education in sleep medicine, the guidelines for sleep center accreditation, the different levels of expertise of sleep centers and the requirements to become a somnologist will be explained. The afternoon is devoted to clinical updates in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disordered breathing, insomnia and sleep related movement disorders. 

  • Diagnostic methods – portable
    Z. Dogas / Split, HR
  • Diagnostic methods – polysomnography
    T. Penzel / Berlin, DE
  • Circadian rhythm sleep disorders and treatment
    D. Skene / Guildford, UK
  • Management of sleep medicine
    Z. Dogas /Split, HR & T. Penzel / Berlin, DE
  • Sleep disordered breathing
    D. Pevernagie / Heeze, NL
  • Insomnia
    C. Espie / Oxford, UK
  • Restless Legs Syndrome and Periodic Legs Movement syndrome
    D. Garcia-Borreguero/ Madrid, ES

Teaching Course 2 (half day): Pharmacology of the sleep-wake cycle and drug development (basic)
Chairs: R. Winsky-Sommerer (Surrey, UK) / P.H. Luppi (Lyon, FR)

The teaching course entitled “Pharmacology of the sleep-wake cycle and Drug development” has three primary objectives. First, we aim to provide a comprehensive review of the neural circuits and associated transmitter systems underlying the regulation of the 24-h sleep-wake cycle. Novel findings from basic and clinical research will be highlighted. The pharmacological treatments used to promote sleep and wakefulness will then be addressed, including compounds that are currently being developed in clinical trials. Finally, we will have the opportunity to provide an overview of industry perspectives on the development of novel sleep and wake-promoting compounds.

  • Neurochemistry and functional neuroanatomy of sleep
    P.H. Luppi / Lyon, FR
  • Pharmacology of sleep and wake promotion
    R. Winsky-Sommerer / Surrey, UK
  • Industry perspectives and Drug development
    K. Wafford / Windlesham, UK

Teaching Course 3 (half day): CBT-I across the life span (clinical)
Chairs: C. Espie (Oxford, UK) / K. Spiegelhalder (Freiburg, DE)

Insomnia Disorder is the most common form of sleep problem, at all developmental stages, and CBT is the best evidenced intervention for persistent insomnia. Despite this, CBT is rarely available, partly because there are relatively few behavioural sleep medicine practitioners and partly because it is only recently that 'scalable`solutions for delivering CBT have become available using group therapy, guided self-help and digital (online and mobile) therapy formats. This course will provide an overview of insomnia and how it presents clinically across the lifespan (children, adults and older adults), will summarise the research evidence for CBT in these populations, and will introduce CBT methods and service delivery approaches that can be used in routine clinical practice"

  • CBT-I in children and adolescents
    A. Schlarb / Luxemburg, LU
  • CBT-I in adults
    C. Espie / Oxford, UK
  • CBT-I in later life and chronic disease 
    K. Morgan / Loughborough, UK

Teaching Course 4 (half day): Circadian and homeostatic regulation of sleep (basic)
Chairs: DJ Dijk (Surrey, UK) / T. Porkka-Heiskanen (Helsinki, FI)

That the regulation of the timing and structure of sleep are governed by two main processes, circadian rhythmcitiy and sleep homoestasis, is well established. In this teaching course we will provide an overview of the basic characteristics of these two processes, how they interact,  their physiological correlates and and how they can be affected by environmental and behavioural factors. The molecular and genetic basis of circadian rhythmcity and sleep homeostasis will be presented. We will also  discuss how individual differences and sleep phenotypes can emerge from changes in sleep homeostasis and circadian rhythmicity.

  • Circadian and homeostatic regulation of sleep
    D. J.  Dijk / Surrey, UK
  • The biochemistry of sleep homeostasis
    T. Porkka-Heiskanen / Helsinki, FI
  • Genes involved in circadian rhythmicity and sleep homeostasis
    T. Paunio / Helsinki, FI

Teaching Course 5 (half day): Sleep disordered breathing: spectrum of current therapies (clinical)
Chair: L. Nobili / Milano, IT

An optimal treatment of Sleep disordered breathing (SDB) disorders may have important clinical implications, reducing complications such as arterial hypertension, cardiovascular diseases and traffic accidents. Recent studies evaluating the clinical efficacy of ambulatory protocols of Continuous positive airway (CPAP) treatment versus traditional laboratory-based care for patients with OSA suggest that comparable patient outcomes can be achieved. Moreover, in the last years it has been shown that new developed mandibular advancing devices (MADs) may represent a valid alternative to CPAP for certain OSAS cases. Finally, also maxilla-mandibular advancement (MMA) surgery seems to be effective in the treatment of OSAS. This course will provide an overview of different therapeutic approaches of SDB disorders, also focusing on particular clinical conditions such as the obesity hypoventilation syndrome and chronic heart failure, where newer ventilation modes may prove to be useful.

  • Ambulatory protocols of CPAP treatment in obstructive sleep apnea syndrome
    L. Grote / Gothenburg, SE
  • Mandibular advancing devices in adult OSA patients: indications and results of treatment
    J. Verbraecken / Antwerp, BE
  • Treatment of sleep disordered breathing in chronic heart failure
    L. Grote / Gothenburg, SE
  • Therapeutic strategies for the obesity hypoventilation syndrome
    J. Verbraecken / Antwerp, BE
  • Surgical treatment of Obstructive sleep apnea  syndrome: new approaches and techniques
    C. Vicini / Parma, IT