Keynote speakers


Wednesday, 15 September 2010, 13.45-14.30 h


Walking in your sleep and fighting in your dreams: The world of NREM and REM parasomnias
Jacques Montplaisir (Montreal, CA)


Jacques Montplaisir (Montreal, CA)Jacques Montplaisir completed his medical training at the Université de Montréal where he also obtained his PhD in Neuroscience. He then underwent a three-year postdoctoral training at the California Institute of Technology and at the Stanford University in California. Upon his return to Montreal, he completed a clinical training in Psychiatry at McGill University and was appointed professor in Psychiatry and Neuroscience at the Université de Montréal and Director of the Sleep Disorders Center at the Sacré-Coeur Hospital of Montreal. This Center, now counts eleven full-time researchers and more than 25 research trainees. He published 4 books, 59 book chapters, 293 articles and 476 abstracts in peer-reviewed journals and has given more than 100 invited lectures in 20 different countries since 1995.  
During his education and his career as a researcher, he received numerous awards. To name a few, he received in June 2005 the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Sleep Research Society (USA). In 2007, he was the first recipient of the Career Award of the Canadian Sleep Society. The same year he received, from the Québec Government, the Wilder Penfield Award for his exceptional contribution to medical sciences.
In 2006, he served as President of the 8e World Congress of Sleep Apnea held in Montreal, Since 2001, Jacques Montplaisir is chairman of the Canada Research Chair in Sleep medicine and is now dirctor of the Center for Advanced Research in Sleep Medicine, which is affiliated with the Université de Montréal.



Thursday, 16 September 2010, 14.45-15.30 h


Should we be treating asymptomatic obstructive sleep apnoea and, if so, how?
John Stradling (Oxford, UK)


John Stradling (Oxford, UK)Dr Stradling is a Professor of respiratory medicine at Oxford University.  He is currently director of the respiratory sleep service.  His MD (1981) was on the sleep related breathing problems of chronic obstructive lung disease.  After a period of research with Eliot Phillipson in Toronto in 84/85 he returned to Oxford as a Wellcome Senior Research Fellow for 7 years. He became an NHS consultant in 1985 and was awarded a personal chair in 1999.  His main research is in the area of sleep related disorders of breathing, in particular epidemiology, cardiovascular consequences, simplified methods of diagnosis, and randomised controlled trials of therapy.  This has published over 150 original publications in peer reviewed journals.

Prof Stradling's clinical work is as a general chest physician with a special interest in sleep and breathing disorders, as well as respiratory failure and long term domiciliary ventilation.



Friday, 17 September 2010, 14.45-15.30 h


Circadian regulation of the human sleep-wake cycle
Derk-Jan Dijk (Guildford, UK)


Derk-Jan Dijk (Guildford, UK)Derk-Jan Dijk, PhD, is Professor of Sleep and Physiology and Director of the Surrey Sleep Research Centre at the University of Surrey, UK.
Dr. Dijk studied Biology and obtained his doctorate in Medical Sciences from the University of Groningen. He conducted post-doctoral research and was a Senior Research Associate in the Institute of Pharmacology at the University of Zürich and an Assistant Professor of Medicine (Neuroscience) at Harvard Medical School.
His research focuses on sleep and circadian rhythms in humans. He studies the interaction of sleep homeostasis and circadian rhythmicity in the regulation of waking performance, age-related changes in sleep, as well as the effects of hypnotics, light and ‘clock’ genes on sleep-wake regulation.
Dr. Dijk is a member of the European Sleep Research Society, the Sleep Research Society, and the Society for Research on Biological Rhythms.
He was Chair of the Scientific Committee of the ESRS, a member of the Scientific Committee of the World Federation of Sleep Research, and Head of the Circadian Rhythm Section of the Sleep Research Society. He was a Deputy Editor of SLEEP and is currently Editor of the Journal of Sleep Research.
Dr Dijk has published more than 100 original reports.



Saturday, 18 September 2010, 14.30-15.15 h


My life in animal sleep research
Irene Tobler (Zurich, CH)


Irene Tobler (Zurich, CH)Irene Tobler has a PhD in Biology and is professor at the Institute of Pharmacology at the University of Zurich in Switzerland. She has dedicated her research to investigate sleep in animals. Together with her team she observed and recorded over 20 species, ranging from the typical laboratory animals, such as the rat, hamster and numerous mouse strains, to elephants, giraffes and monkeys, as well as invertebrates including cockroaches, scorpions and the nematode Cenorhabditis elegans. The aim was to delineate the evolution of sleep and sleep regulation. The ultimate goal was gaining insight into the functions of sleep. Especially the use of rest homeostasis in order to apply tenets of the two-process model of sleep regulation to species other than humans and rodents, laid the groundwork for genetic studies using fish, Drosophila and Cenorhabditis as model species. She has published over 140 papers in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Tobler was first treasurer and later president of the European Sleep Research society (ESRS), where her major efforts were to provide education in sleep to young scientists and to foster the integration of National European Sleep Societies within the ESRS. In 2008 Dr. Tobler received the 7th Pisa Sleep Award in Italy for her achievements.