Shalini Paruthi, MD, medical codirector, St. Luke’s Hospital Sleep Medicine and Research Center, and cochair of SLEEP 2021, discusses the sessions and discussions she is looking forward to at this year's meeting.
Along with the keynote address, other sessions to anticipate at SLEEP 2021 include the Rapid-Fire Symposia and the latest research across the sleep field, said Shalini Paruthi, MD, medical codirector, St. Luke’s Hospital Sleep Medicine and Research Center, and cochair of SLEEP 2021.
As cochair of SLEEP 2021, what discussions or sessions are you looking forward to most?
Well, I have to admit, I love everything about the SLEEP meeting, but I would say [one of] my favorite things is I always enjoy the keynote speaker. It's always great to see just how far our field has come and to also be reminded about how fast the sleep field and sleep science [are] moving.
It's really exciting to see scientists and the research that they're working on, because the more science that happens within sleep, the more information we have then to be able to translate to patients, because we understand the sleep disorders better, we understand how to inform our patients [and] how to create treatments that will be better in the future. So, I always love the keynote speaker.
Other sessions that I find really fantastic are, we have a series called the Rapid-Fire Symposia. This is where young investigators really get to put out the research that they're working on. And so you hear literally the latest science that is being done in research centers, whether they are clinical research studies that are being done or even at the basic science level. I really absolutely enjoy those.
I always look forward to the clinical sessions as well. Despite people being in different locations of the country, sleep medicine is still the same. There are still the same sleep disorders that are affecting our patients everywhere, and so it’s really great to hear that perspective from other providers as well.