Thursday, March 29, 2007

Grants for Original Research Announced: Sleep Medicine Fellowships

Four $50,000 One-Year Awards by Pharmaceutical Company

Announced this week was the launch of the Jazz Pharmaceuticals Fellowship Training Grant in Sleep Medicine for physician and research. Fellows conducting original peer-review research in sleep medicine are eligible for the 2008-2009 academic year. Program sponsors hope to support promising research conducted by Fellows in accredited sleep training programs, or complementary programs focused in the field of sleep medicine. Read more here.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Case Study Video: Adult Sleep Disorder Induced by Childhood Trauma

Dr. L. Peabody Groat, Jr. discusses research findings on newly identified potential sleep disorders at the Groat Center for Sleep Disorders.

SAVE THE DATES: (No Cost) DeVilbiss 2007 Sleep Webinars

Continuing Education Credits (CECs) by the American Association of Sleep Technologists application has been made by DeVilbiss Healthcare, Inc. There is no cost to participate in the Webinars, and information will be posted in April regarding toll-free call-in numbers and pass codes. Attendance will require a high-speed Internet connection and a telephone line for audio. For pre-registration, attendees may email Please include your current email contact information where you may receive larger files.

April 25: 11am – 12pm EST
How to Start an OSA Patient Education Program in Your Sleep Lab

July 24: 11am – 1pm EST
(2 Webinars back to back)

(1) OSA and Co-Morbidities: Latest Findings on the Impact of CPAP therapy on Stroke, Diabetes, Parasomnias, and Impotence

(2) Respiratory Events: Overview of the AASM Manual for Scoring of Sleep and Associated events: Rules, Terminology, and Technical Specifications

Sept. 19: 11am – 12pm EST Research Review: Clinical Management of Poor Adherence to CPAP

Be well,

Sleep T-Shirts & Novelites

I am always looking for t-shirts or novelties items that display sleep, and I haven’t seen these before by the Advance Healthcare Shop. Remember these for Sleep Tech Appreciation Week October 1-7, 2007.

New Abstracts & Papers on Sleep (NAPS) March 26 Edition

These are only two of the most recent research papers on sleep topics that can be searched at NAPS.
COLLOP N. The effect of obstructive sleep apnea on chronic medical disorders.Cleve Clin J Med 2007;74(1):72-8. View abstract.

FIESE BH, WINTER MA, SLIWINSKI M, ANBAR RD. Nighttime waking in children with asthma: an exploratory study of daily fluctuations in family climate. J Fam Psychol 2007;21(1):95-103. View abstract.

Podcasts Wednesday March 28th – Kellie Scarrow; and Students from somniSchool

Tune in tomorrow, March 28, 2007 for two new podcasts on Let’s Talk Sleep with Theresa Shumard. My guests will be Kellie Scarrow from the Sleep Education Department at somniTech, Inc. Kellie will discuss sleep education teaching methods. Then, tune in to hear the latest graduating class of Kellie’s students talk about their experiences in learning about sleep technology at their A-STEP accredited courses at somniSchool, and their hopes for their upcoming careers in sleep technology.

To listen to the podcasts March 28th, go to iTunes, or Let’s Talk Sleep by Sleepmate Radio.

To listen to past podcasts, click here.

Sleep Symposia & Events Updates: Save the Dates

New England Polysomnographic Society (NEPS) 5th Annual Meeting
August 23 - 24, 2007. Portsmouth, NH at the Frank Jones Center, 400 Us Highway 1 Bypass, 03801. For more information, email: . An online registration will soon be available, and information posted on the Let’s Talk Sleep blog.

Montana Regional Sleep Seminar 2007, September 6 - 8, 2007, Billings, MontanaHosted by The Sleep Center at St. Vincent Healthcare at the Mansfield Health Education Center. Also presented will be a full day Technologist Review Course. AARC CRCE and AAST CEC applications will be submitted. Registration fee ($75) includes 3 day conference, exhibits, continuing education credits, break refreshments, continental breakfasts and lunches. For more information, contact Karen Y. Allen, CRT, RPSGT @ or call toll free 1 (866) 4 SNORES.

The Fourth Greater Lehigh Valley Area Sleep Technology Symposium October 6, 2007, Bethlehem, PA, at the Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg. For information, email

AAST Sleep Technologist Appreciation Week October 1-7, 2007
Traditionally held in March, the annual American Association of Sleep Technologists (AAST) Sleep Technologist Appreciation Week recognizes the critical role that sleep technologists play in the provision of quality medical care for people with sleep disorders. Because Sleep Technologist Appreciation Week competes for the nation’s attention, the dates of this important event have been changed to October 1-7, 2007 (A2Zzz Magazine, Vol.16, No.1, pg7). October is a time in the year when Sleep Technologists will be in the spotlight and receive recognition they deserve for the hard work and dedication to professional excellence. The AAST will make resources and materials available for use by sleep disorders centers and laboratories for sleep-related breathing disorders in the promotion of this year’s event. In the coming months, updates, announcements and promotional tools will be posted on the AAST’s Web site.

Hosting a sleep conference or event?

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