E-Newsletter of World Sleep Society
From the President
Clete Kushida
As the new year approaches, I'm excited to announce the World Sleep Society's 2017 initiatives! With these three new strategic goals, we aim to further secure our place as a leader in international sleep medicine, research, and education.

1. International Trainee Program: This initiative is designed to select the best international trainees for rotations at sleep centers at major academic institutions so trainees can acquire sleep research skills from experienced investigators; trainees will be able to participate in major international sleep meetings and an annual Sleep Research Network meeting. Trainee candidates will apply to the program (which is expected to be one year in duration) and the accepted trainees will rotate through different sleep centers with the goal of training future international leaders in sleep research.

2. International Practice Guidelines Committee: This initiative consists of a committee composed of international experts in different sleep topic areas to endorse (or endorse with caveats) existing guidelines. The committee will distribute existing guidelines to task forces of topic experts to review the guidelines for consistency with international sleep medicine practices, and recommendations from the task forces and committee will be forwarded to our Governing Council for review and approval.

3. International Sleep Research Network: This initiative is to develop a vast international sleep research network, which will start with a directory in which researchers and clinicians can easily identify potential collaborators for their research. The directory will include names, contact information, areas of clinical and/or research focus, and existing collaborators, with the goal of providing investigators the ability to establish collaborations with others who share their scientific interests to further expand their research.

I look forward to announcing the progress of each of these initiatives within the coming months. Thank you for supporting and collaborating with World Sleep Society in our important mission.


Dr. Clete Kushida, President
World Sleep Society
Director's Desk

Exciting news regarding World Sleep 2017! The Congress Program Committee met in person to review symposia and keynote speaker addresses this month. After scoring and voting, the committee has announced the acceptance of 16 keynote speakers and 90 symposia! I invite you to read more about our evolving congress program.
To learn more about the scoring process, read World Sleep Society's Scientific Selection Process Policy . Thank you to all who submitted!


Allan O'Bryan, Executive Director
World Sleep Society
Awards for World Sleep 2017

Several awards are available now for World Sleep 2017. The Young Investigator Award is just one accepting applications now. This award offers a travel grant as well as complimentary registration to the congress to investigators under age 35 or with less than 3 years in the field. Each award offers unique benefits. View criteria for each available award.
Join World Sleep Society

Individual World Sleep Society membership for 2017 is now open! Gain access to international standards, best practices and current research in the field of Sleep Medicine. Members also receive discount pricing for World Sleep 2017 registration. Join or renew to be a part of another terrific year of advancing sleep medicine!
Associate Society Member Highlight: Bulgaria

Bulgarian Association of Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Snoring was founded in 2012 in Varna, Bulgaria. Today, the society has 115 members. Dr. Mario Milkov explains, "Since 2012, we have organized two scientific symposia with international participation, one course on oral appliances for dentists and a surgical course for treatment of OSA and snoring." The society also held Bulgaria's first International Day of OSA and snoring.

Dr. Milkov opined, "For us it is great honor to be a society member of the World Sleep Society. Our organization is young and we have short experience. We hope to be in touch with the newest achievements in the field of OSA and snoring with the help of the WSS and to receive  support from our colleagues worldwide in a long and fruitful collaboration."

This was the second installment of our highlighted societies series. To be considered for this feature, join as an Associate Society Member.  

Sleep Soundly, Nurture Life

World Sleep Day is Friday, March 17, 2017. The World Sleep Day Committee, made up of active volunteers from World Sleep Society, voted on the 2017 slogan and focus: “Sleep Soundly, Nurture Life.”

Help raise awareness of #WorldSleepDay by carrying out awareness activities in your city and country as an official World Sleep Day Delegate. “Sleep Soundly, Nurture Life.” Before creating your own awareness event, consider the following:

  • What are your capabilities as an individual and/or in a group?
  • What are your available resources?
  • How likely will media interest be in your country?
Sleep Medicine Journal
September 2016.  Volume 25.

Sample Articles:
Clinical efficacy of ferric carboxymaltose treatment in patients with restless legs syndrome
Yong Won Cho, Richard P. Allen, Christopher J. Earley

Obstructive sleep apnea and incident type 2 diabetes
Mako Nagayoshi, Naresh M. Punjabi, Elizabeth Selvin, James S. Pankow, Eyal Shahar, Hiroyasu Iso, Aaron R. Folsom, Pamela L. Lutsey
Members receive access to the Sleep Medicine journal.  Learn how to claim your access.
Endorsed Meetings & Events

World Sleep Society promotes sleep meetings around the world, including the following. If your society has an upcoming meeting and would like to list it with us, complete our Endorsed Meeting Application.
IASSACON 2017 / 5th Annual Conference of Indian Association of Surgeons for Sleep
March 31 – April 2, 2017
New Delhi, India
April 28-30, 2017
Hyatt Regency in Calgary, Alberta
Important Dates
Advancing Sleep Health Worldwide.
World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM) and World Sleep Federation (WSF) have founded World Sleep Society, representing both individual sleep professionals and sleep societies.

Members receive a discount on World Sleep 2017 registration. Become a member.

President: Clete Kushida (US, WSF)
President elect: Charles Morin (Canada, WASM)
Secretary: Yuichi Inoue (Japan, WSF)
Treasurer: Thomas Penzel (Germany, WASM)

Governing Council
Africa: Shahira Loza (Egypt, WASM)
Asia: SB Hong (Republic of Korea, WASM)
Europe: Luigi Ferini-Strambi  (Italy, WASM)
North America: Carlos Schenck (US, WASM)
South America: Dalva Poyares (Brazil, WASM)
ASA: Maree Barnes (Australia, WSF)
ASRS: Hrudananada Mallick  (India, WSF)
CSS: Kimberly Cote (Canada, WSF)
ESRS: Philippe Peigneux (Belgium, WSF)
SRS: Kathryn Reid (US, WSF)