Sleep Medicine Course
McIntyre Conference Centre, Edinburgh
February – 1st March 2013
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
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:
To teach the fundamentals of sleep medicine.
information of theory and practice of sleep medicine.
educational, research and career opportunities.
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
Physiology and pathophysiology of sleep and
Methods of sleep measurement
Technical aspects of sleep measurement
Obstructive sleep apnoea
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:
Respiratory and general physicians (adult)
Trainee registrars in respiratory/adult medicine
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
John McIntyre Conference Centre, Pollok Halls, Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh.
Sir N Douglas, Edinburgh Dr T Mackay,
Dr R Riha,
Dr I Collins, Forth Valley
Dr B Cooper,
Dr M Czisch, Munich
Professor C Espie, Glasgow
Professor J Horne, Loughborough
Dr A Johal,
B Kotecha, London
Professor S Nevsimalova, Prague
Professor D Skene, Surrey
Dr Silke Ryan, Dublin
Dr Ian Morrison, Dundee
Morning tea and lunch will be
provided daily throughout the course.
The Course Dinner is held on the
Wednesday evening at St Leonard’s Hall (the inspiration for the
films) which is on site and to which all participants are invited
– this is included in the registration fee.
To view the programme for 2013 click here
(please note this may be subject to minor changes)
Cost of course: (this includes all
morning coffees, lunches and Course Dinner on Wednesday 27th)
Clinicians and Industry: £850;
Allied Health Staff (nurses,
technicians, etc): £600;
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:
We are able to offer on-site Bed and Breakfast accommodation
(not student accommodation) in Masson House at a reduced rate.
Information on accommodation and the conference centre can be found at www.edinburghfirst.co.uk
For those who wish to stay elsewhere and travel daily
information on accommodation throughout Edinburgh can be found at www.visitscotland.com
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 Holyrood Park Road.
If you have any
special requirements, please contact us and we shall do our best to
To register click here
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
Mrs Marjorie Vennelle
Senior Research Manager
The Department of Sleep
Royal Infirmary Edinburgh
51 Little France
Telephone: +44 (0)131
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.
– 5th June 2013
The course is aimed
at all those wishing to undertake polysomnography and polygraphy
at their respective sleep centres.
Content: This is a 3-day course which will focus on
the understanding and evaluation of polysomnographic recordings and
limited cardio-respiratory monitoring. The course will comprise some
lectures and be focussed mainly on practical hands-on aspects of both
of these techniques. Exposure will be given to a number of different
Cost of the
course: £300 per individual per day.
Lizzie Hill (Lizzie.Hill@ed.ac.uk) or Mrs
Marjorie Vennelle (firstname.lastname@example.org)