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.
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
Aims and objectives of the course:
teach the fundamentals of sleep medicine.
up-to-date 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 course:
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
Lectures, tutorials and hands-on workshops will be conducted in
the Chancellor’s Building, University of Edinburgh, Royal Infirmary
Site, Little France.
Dr T Mackay, Edinburgh
Dr R Riha,
Dr I Collins, Forth Valley
Dr B Cooper,
M Czisch, Munich
Professor C Espie, Glasgow
Professor J Horne, Loughborough
Dr A Johal,
Mr B Kotecha, London
Professor S Nevsimalova, Prague
Professor D Skene, Surrey
Professor W McNicholas, Dublin
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 (www.rcpe.ac.uk) 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.
Click here to view a map of the hospital location and the position of the
Chancellor’s building can be found on at www.ed.ac.uk
If you have any special needs, please contact us and
we shall do our best to accommodate you.
here for registration form
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
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.