E-Newsletter of World Sleep Society
From the President
Clete Kushida
Thank you for reading this first e-newsletter of the World Sleep Society. I want to thank the Governing Council members of both WASM and WSF for their wisdom during the merger process that was initiated in 2011  -- especially the Bylaws and Transitional Advisory committees who helped transition WASM and WSF into the newly founded World Sleep Society. Without their dedication and hours of work, we would not be where we are today. I ask you to consider reaching out to these members to thank them for their service.

If you would like to learn more about the merger of WASM and WSF and the founding of World Sleep Society, I encourage you to read our press release.

The World Sleep Society will promote world-wide sleep health by advancing public education, supporting public policies related to sleep health, and supporting sleep research. Thank you for joining us in our endeavors!


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

Did you know World Sleep Society currently represents over 785 individual members, 19 societies, and spans around the globe? A common question I overhear at meetings is, “What are other researchers and sleep clinicians doing?” Networking is one of the top reasons health professionals attend meetings. At World Sleep 2017, we will provide opportunities for interacting with individuals from around the world through young investigator oral and poster sessions, social events, and question/answer sessions from keynote and symposium presenters.

I also encourage you to network in additional ways. Join a committee -- within your local sleep society or with a regional society. Join our healthcare provider directory. Develop a symposium topic with multinational speakers and submit to World Sleep 2017. Or, get involved in our awareness activities each March with World Sleep Day.

You too can help change and advance sleep medicine and research around the world.


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

Mark your calendars for October 7-11, 2017 to join us in Prague for the best of sleep medicine and research at #WorldSleep2017!

Learn how to submit abstracts and symposia, view our scientific content, keynote speakers and committees, find registration and exhibition rates and more by visiting WorldSleepCongress.com.
Sleep Medicine Journal
June 2016.  Volume 22.

Sample Articles:
Factors associated with self-reported need for treatment of sleeping difficulties: a survey of the general Swedish population
Christina Sandlund, Jeanette Westman, Jerker Hetta  p65–74;  Open Access  

Sleep timing and child and parent outcomes in Australian 4–9-year-olds: a cross-sectional and longitudinal study
Jon Quach, Anna M.H. Price, Michael Bittman, Harriet Hiscock p39-46
Members receive access to the Sleep Medicine journal.  Learn how to claim your access.
Sleep Medicine Exam

The Sleep Medicine Examination is available for qualified candidates during World Sleep 2017 in Prague, Czech Republic. Candidates are given four hours to successfully complete the 150 question exam to be awarded the International Sleep Specialist Certificate.

Developed in accordance with our mission to advance sleep health worldwide, the overarching goal of the exam is to provide an opportunity for individuals, especially those in underserved countries, to earn the sleep specialist designation.

Get Involved: World Sleep Day is March, 17, 2017

Save the date for our annual awareness event: World Sleep Day. This day will be a celebration of sleep and a call to action on important issues related to sleep. Last year's international event involved 394 delegates from 72 countries. With your help, we can make 2017 even bigger!

Organized by the World Sleep Day Committee, this awareness day aims to lessen the burden of sleep problems on society through better prevention and management of sleep disorders.

Details will be available on worldsleepday.org in the coming months.

Important Dates...
2016 Key Dates

August 1, 2016 – Symposia Submission Begins

September 1, 2016 – Abstract Submission Begins

September 2016  – World Sleep 2017 Congress Registration Opens (View Rates)

December 1, 2016 – Symposia Submission Ends

Corinthia Hotel, host hotel for World Sleep 2017
2017 Key Dates

February 28, 2017 – Abstract Fast Track Deadline

March 17, 2017  – World Sleep Day

June 30, 2017 – Abstract Regular Deadline

July 15, 2017 – Early Registration Discount Deadline & Affiliate Meeting Space Registration Deadline

August 1, 2017 – Abstract Late Breaking Deadline & Exhibitor Registration Submission Deadline

August 31, 2017 – Standard Registration Discount Deadline

October 7-11, 2017 – World Sleep 2017 congress in Prague

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)