Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Following a relatively quiet summer period, the Society is increasingly active on several fronts. The most notable aspect relates to planning and preparation for the next ESRS Congress in Basel next September. The deadline for symposium proposals has passed and we have had many excellent submissions. The Scientific Committee is now evaluating the various proposals and the final selection will be made in Basel in early December. I anticipate an excellent scientific programme across the range of clinical and basic science topics for next year’s Congress.

The Society was well represented at the recent World Sleep Congress in Prague, which included a joint ESRS-WSS symposium on the topic of Sleep Disorders and Driving Risk. There is enthusiasm to make such a joint symposium a regular feature of both ESRS and WSS Congresses.

The various ESRS committees continue to work on behalf of members interest and I thank all committee chairs and members for their efforts on behalf of the society and its members. Our committees are essential to the objective of making ESRS the central voice for sleep medicine and science in Europe.

A new Web Committee has now been formed under the chairmanship of the new ESRS Web Co-ordinator, Bogdan Voinescu. Committee membership includes representation from all other ESRS Committees and the ambition is to undertake a major revamp of the Society website and develop a resource that will be much more interactive and beneficial to the membership. I’m sure Bogdan and the web committee would be happy to receive advice and proposals from ESRS members.

The recent ESRS Sleep Science School held in Frejus was a great success and the photographs from the meeting clearly indicate a stimulating and relaxing environment. I hope this school will become a regular feature in the Society calendar to be held in the year in between the ESRS Congress.

Early planning has also commenced for the next Sleep and Breathing Conference to be held in Marseilles during April 2019. As a new initiative, members of ESRS and ERS will shortly be contacted to propose potential topics and speakers to be included in the conference programme.

Finally, I extend my condolences to the family and friends of Michel Jouvet, one of the giants of sleep physiology in Europe and the discoverer of paradoxical sleep. An obituary is included later in this newsletter.


Walter McNicholas
ESRS President

ESRS Newsletter November 2017

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