SLEEP 2013, the 27th Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, LLC (APSS) will be held June 1-5, 2013, at the Baltimore Convention Center. SLEEP is the only five-day meeting in the nation with scientific sessions and an exhibition hall focused solely on sleep medicine and sleep research.
The NIH: Opportunities in the Digital Age
In his presentation, Gary H. Gibbons, MD, director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health, described the functions of his organization and discussed the potential for improvements in the understanding of disease states in the digital age.
Epilepsy and Sleep: Defining the Relationship
Sleep disorders are common in patients with epilepsy; approximately 70% of patients with epilepsy experience problems with sleep. In his presentation, Dr Erik St. Louis discussed the impact of sleep on seizures, as well as the effects of comorbid sleep disorders on epilepsy.
Sleep Studies in Patients With Epilepsy
The electroencephalogram (EEG) provides important information to aid clinicians in the diagnosis of epilepsy. However, EEG techniques are associated with certain limitations, as discussed in the presentation by Bradley V. Vaughn, MD.
Sleepiness in a 24/7 World with Dr. Hans Van Dongen, PhD
In this presentation, Dr. Van Dongen discussed the pharmacology of various treatments for sleep disturbance associated with shift work. Dr. Van Dongen discussed the issues associated with use of medications to improve the alertness of sleepy workers.
Sleep and Sleep Disorders: Comorbid Conditions and Pathophysiology
Dr Thomas Roth, PhD, presented on the evolution of our understanding of insomnia, and the importance of insomnia in the context of other disease states. Roth noted that insomnia is primarily a disorder of increased wakefulness from a pathophysiologic standpoint, and presented data to support this. Presenting the effect of improved sleep on diseases such as depression, worker productivity, and cardiovascular disease, Roth revealed rich prospects for the future of sleep medicine in treating a variety of disorders.
The Neurobiology of Sleep Loss in Humans
In a session on the neurobiology of sleep loss in humans, Andrea Spaeth, Daniel Aeschbach, PhD, and Clare Anderson, PhD, presented findings about the effects of sleep deprivation on various biological measures in humans.