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Last Updated:

1st September 2009





Sleep medicine course

Course for General Practitioners






Sleep Medicine Course

Royal infirmary of Edinburgh

2010 - Monday 22nd – Friday 26th March

2011 - Monday 14th – Friday 18th March

Sleep medicine as a specialty has burgeoned in the last 20 years, yet remains a relatively young discipline within the field of health care. It has relevance over a wide range of other specialties including respiratory medicine, cardiology, and neurology and significant impact on public health aspects such as driving, work performance and hypertension.


To be able to effectively practice in this area, it is important to have a solid grasp of the basics underlying most of adult sleep medicine.


This course aims to provide grounding in sleep technology and the science underlying the diagnosis and management of the more common adult sleep disorders.

Why Edinburgh?

The Department of Sleep Medicine in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh has been diagnosing and treating sleep disorders in adults for almost 30 years. The Unit sees about 2, 500 new patients a year and has a seven-bed facility for performing polysomnography. It also uses home diagnostics with limited sleep studies as first line investigation in possible sleep apnoea. There is a strong focus for research and teaching in the Unit with over 250 original publications, many of which have formed the basis of best practice guidelines in the investigation and treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea on an international level.


Aims and objectives of the course:

1.      To teach the fundamentals of sleep medicine.

2.      Provide up-to-date information of theory and practice of sleep medicine.

3.      Develop educational, research and career opportunities.

4.      Strengthen availability of vocational training in sleep in the UK and Europe.

Building on the expertise of the Department of Sleep Medicine, the focus will be on adult sleep and its disorders.


The following subjects will be covered during the course:


Physiology and pathophysiology of sleep and breathing

Methods of sleep measurement

Technical aspects of sleep measurement

Obstructive sleep apnoea

Cheyne-Stokes respiration

Modes of continuous positive airway pressure


Parasomnias and nocturnal epilepsy

Periodic leg movements

Sleep apnoea and cardiovascular risk factors



The course is aimed primarily at:


Sleep physicians

Respiratory and general physicians (adult)

Trainee registrars in respiratory/adult medicine

Sleep technicians/physiologists







Other allied health professionals, general practitioners, ENT surgeons, dentists, and educators with a need or desire to become informed on sleep science and medicine


This course is open to applicants from all countries.  Competence in understanding spoken English is required.



Lectures, tutorials and hands-on workshops will be conducted in the Chancellor’s Building, University of Edinburgh, Royal Infirmary Site, Little France.





Professor N Douglas, Edinburgh            Dr T Mackay, Edinburgh

Dr R Riha, Edinburgh                               Dr I Collins, Forth Valley

Dr B Cooper, Nottingham                        Dr M Czisch, Munich

Professor R Davies, Oxford                     Professor C Espie, Glasgow

Professor R Farre, Barcelona                 Professor J Horne, Loughborough

Dr A Johal, London                                   Mr B Kotecha, London

Dr M Morrell, London                                Professor S Nevsimalova, Prague

Professor D Newby, Edinburgh               Professor D Skene, Surrey

Professor E Szabadi, Nottingham           Professor W McNicholas, Dublin

Professor W DeBacker, Antwerp



Morning tea and lunch will be provided daily throughout the course.

The Course Dinner is held on the Wednesday evening at the Royal College of Physicians ( to which all participants are invited – this is included in the registration fee. 



The course is formally accredited by the Royal College of Physicians for CPD and by EBAP for European CME credits.  This course is ESRS accredited.

Each participant who completes the formal evaluation at the end of the course will be issued with a certificate of attendance.



Accommodation and Transport:


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We recommend that you stay in the city centre or Newington, as it is most convenient to bus routes.  Click here for bus routes and services to the Hospital.





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Special needs:


If you have any special needs, please contact us and we shall do our best to accommodate you.





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Should you have any queries, concerns or simply need assistance with any of the above aspects of the course, please do not hesitate in contacting the course co-ordinator:


Mrs Marjorie Vennelle

Senior Research Manager

The Department of Sleep Medicine

Royal Infirmary Edinburgh

51 Little France Crescent

Little France

EH16 4SA


Telephone: +44 (0)131 242 3882

Fax: +44 (0)131 242 3878







It is our intent to ensure that the educational activities we offer should not be influenced by the special interests of individuals associated with this program. Having an interest in or affiliation with any corporate organization does not necessarily influence a speaker’s presentation but the relationship must be made known in advance to the audience in accordance with guidelines.

Click here to view the information about the web based learning programme in sleep medicine.

Click to access the European Respiratory Society web site



Course for General Practitioners

In conjunction with the Lister Institute, the Department of Sleep offers updates in sleep medicine, please check back regularly for information on upcoming events.


For further information please see the NES website.








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