Virtual Canadian Sleep Society 10th National Conference: What, Where and When

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Sleeping poorly can have extreme consequences Trusted Source Poor sleep linked to dementia and early death, study finds - CNN The connection between sleep, dementia, and early death from any cause is especially worrisome, experts say, due to the sleep habits of Americans and people around the world. According to the World Sleep Society, sleep deprivation is threatening the health of up to 45% of the world’s population. www.cnn.com , which is why the Canadian Sleep Society is determined that all Canadians should sleep soundly. From October 28 to October 30, 2021, the Canadian Sleep Society is holding its 10th annual Canadian Sleep Society National Conference— completely free and completely virtual. According to the Canadian Sleep Society President, Dr. Célyne Bastien, this conference “is an opportunity to share scientific discoveries [and] learn about the latest innovations and technologies in the sleep field.”

The history behind the conference

The Canadian Sleep Society was founded over 30 years ago to pursue the vision of achieving “healthy sleep for healthy Canadians.” Society strives to achieve this through a combination of education, sleep advocacy, promotion of clinical care, and supporting sleep-based research.

This is the first— and possibly only— a year that the conference will be held entirely online, due, of course, to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The transition to recorded online sessions, however, offers attendees a unique opportunity to watch many speakers who may have overlapping sessions.

Speakers and themes

This year’s conference will feature 9 keynote speakers who are touted as being “renowned experts in their field.” During their sessions, these speakers will provide insight into recent developments in the sleep research space Trusted Source Top studies published in 2020 in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine The first list includes the 10 articles with the highest Altmetric scores. Altmetric scores are calculated by adding the number of times the study is reported on in the news and shared on social media.  aasm.org .

The opening keynote speech is titled “functional sleep connectivity: from slow oscillations to the Canadian Sleep and Circadian Network” and will be given by Dr. Julie Carrier from the Université de Montréal.

The 9 featured keynote speeches that will be given during the conference cover the following topics:

  • “Neural circuits underlying sleep structure and functions” given by Dr. Antoine Adamantidis from the University of Bern in Switzerland
  • “Understanding and treating sleep problems in children with and without neurodevelopment disorders” given by Dr. Penny Corkum from Dalhousie University in Canada
  • “Roles of astrocytes in modulating sleep/wake neurons: a novel mechanism for sleep homeostasis?” Given by Dr. Kazue Semba from Dalhousie University in Canada
  • “Sleep health disparities: implications for improving population health” given by Dr. Dayna Johnson from Emory University in the USA
  • “Maternal sleep-disordered breathing during pregnancy: cardiometabolic implications for mother and baby” given by Dr. Sushmita Pamidi from McGill University in Canada
  • “Sleep for memory” given by Dr. Jan Born of the University of Tubingen in Germany
  • “Re-thinking oral appliance therapy” given by Dr. Fernanda Almeida from the University of British Columbia in Canada
  • “The mechanistic role of sleep in fear processes underlying anxiety disorders and PTSD” given by Dr. Sean P. Drummond from Monash University in Australia
  • “Light, circadian rhythms and human health” given by Dr. Helen Burgess from the University of Michigan Medical School in the USA

Lastly, the closing keynote speech is titled “pathophysiological interactions between sleep apnea and fluid-retaining states: a two-way street” and will be given by Dr. Douglas Bradley.

In addition to the keynote speeches, there will also be a number of symposiums and oral sessions covering various topics in the sleep science space.

References

1.
Poor sleep linked to dementia and early death, study finds - CNN
The connection between sleep, dementia, and early death from any cause is especially worrisome, experts say, due to the sleep habits of Americans and people around the world. According to the World Sleep Society, sleep deprivation is threatening the health of up to 45% of the world’s population.
2.
Top studies published in 2020 in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine
The first list includes the 10 articles with the highest Altmetric scores. Altmetric scores are calculated by adding the number of times the study is reported on in the news and shared on social media. 
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