E-Newsletter of World Sleep Society
From the President
Clete Kushida
We are just months away from World Sleep 2017. Now is the time to submit an abstract before the June 30 deadline to be considered for an oral presentation. By meeting the June 30 submission date, you are also meeting the Young Investigator Award deadline. Apply to have your abstract recognized as outstanding science of the day. Abstracts are being accepted in 19 categories: 

  • Aging and Developmental Issues
  • Basic Research
  • Behavior, Cognition and Dreaming
  • Chronobiology/Circadian Disorders
  • Excessive Daytime Sleepiness (not Narcolepsy)
  • Insomnia
  • Memory
  • Movement Disorders
  • Narcolepsy
  • Neural Plasticity
  • Neurological Sleep Disorders Affecting Sleep
  • Other
  • Parasomnia
  • Pharmacology
  • Psychiatric Disorders Affecting Sleep/Wake
  • Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)
  • REM Behavior Disorders
  • Sleep Breathing Disorders 
  • Technology/Technical
We look forward to reviewing your submission. Thank you for your continued membership and support!


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

Thank you to all who participated in our 10th Annual World Sleep Day on March 17! We are all so pleased at the success. I wanted to share some of the exciting highlights of the productive, international awareness day.
  • 295+ delegates signed up to participate
  • 155 sleep awareness activities occurred in 2017
  • 58 countries notified us of participation
  • New this year: Events in the countries of Jordan, Switzerland, Israel, United Arab Emirates, Algeria, Qatar & Estonia
  • 826 individuals joined our campaign
  • We were trending on both Twitter and Facebook under the hashtag #WorldSleepDay
  • Our 2017 partners included Westin Hotels & Resorts, Dormeo, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Fidia Farmaceutici, Barilla and Hypersomnia Foundation
I invite you to browse our World Sleep Day Media Mentions to watch videos, read articles and listen to broadcasts from around the globe. We will be announcing the winners of our Distinguished Activity Awards within the next few weeks. If you plan to attend World Sleep 2017, participate in our World Sleep Day meeting on Monday, October 9 from 1-2pm at the Prague Convention Centre.

The next World Sleep Day will be Friday, March 16, 2018.


Allan O'Bryan, Executive Director
World Sleep Society
Early Registration Saves $125

Join us in beautiful Prague, Czech Republic from October 7-11, 2017 to participate in World Sleep 2017. Register before July 15 to receive our early registration discount!

We have accepted more than 385 international speakers representing 35 countries and will accept more as abstracts are collected. If you are interested in submitting science, submit by June 30 to meet our regular abstract deadline.  Plan your World Sleep 2017 experience with our full Scientific Program available now.

Preliminary Program

Our World Sleep 2017 Preliminary Program is available online and for download. Covering details of over 278 hours of scientific content, you'll find details on:

  • Keynote Speakers
  • Courses
  • Sleep Medicine Symposia
  • Surgeon and Dental Symposia
  • Pediatric Symposia
  • Technologist Sessions
  • Oral Abstract Presentation Sessions
  • Affiliate Meetings
  • Networking Events
  • And more!
Associate Society Member Highlight: Australasia

Australasian Sleep Technologist Association (ASTA) was founded in 1988. Today, the society has 300 enrolled members (40 from New Zealand, 260 from Australia). Dr. Kerri Melehan says of the society, "ASTA is an all-volunteer run organization, which provides a collective resource sleep scientists, nurses, physiologists & technologists who are working directly with patients in sleep services in Australia and New Zealand." The sleep community in Australia (population 24.4 million) and New Zealand (population 4.6 million) is relatively small compared to other countries. Dr. Melehan explains, "We have a significant input into sleep medicine. For example, CPAP was invented in Sydney, Australia - and we aim to continue to add to the pool of sleep science knowledge."

Dr. Melehan concludes, "Being part of the World Sleep Society means that we are officially part of the global sleep community.  For a small association such as ours, this provides formal links to a larger network of sleep professionals, to which we can contribute and learn from."

To be considered for this feature, join as an Associate Society Member.  
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.
19 – 23 June, 2017
Ayers Rock Resort, Yulara
Northern Territory, Australia
November 4, 2017
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota
United States
World Sleep Society Job Board

One of our 2017 initiatives is to connect individuals with careers in Sleep Medicine.  We are proud to offer an online job board. Browse open positions, create an account, post a job or apply. Employers can create free job listings by  submitting an open position
Sleep Medicine Journal
March 2017.  Volume 31.

Sample Articles:
Daniel J. Gottlieb, Virend K. Somers, Naresh M. Punjabi, John W. Winkelman

Sergi Ferré, Christopher Earley, Seema Gulyani, Diego Garcia-Borreguero
Members receive access to the Sleep Medicine journal.  Learn how to claim your access.
Advancing Sleep Health Worldwide.
Important Dates
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.  Questions can be directed to info@worldsleepsociety.org

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: Walter McNicholas (Ireland, WSF)
SRS: Kathryn Reid (US, WSF)