British Sleep Society History
British Sleep Society - Committee and Meetings - 1989-1999
1st Annual Meeting Sept 4-5 1989,
2nd Annual Meeting Sept 24-26
1990, Leeds University,
3rd Annual Meeting Sept 1-3 1991,
4th Annual Meeting Sept 14-16
1992, Leicester University,
5th Annual Meeting Sept 12-14
1993, Trinity College,
6th Annual Meeting Sept 4-7 1994,
7th Annual Meeting Sept 6-8 1995,
St Georges' Hospital Medical School,
8th Annual Meeting Dec 17 1996, Royal Society of Medicine,
9th Annual Meeting Oct 1997, Royal College of Physicians,
10th Annual Meeting Oct 20 1998,
11th Annual Meeting 16-17 Sept 1999, St Hugh's College, Oxford
DOH & BSS funded
Medical Student Education Survey
Stores, G. & Crawford, F. Medical Student Education in sleep and its disorders. Journal of Royal College of Physicians of London, 32, (2), 149-153, 1998.
September 16-17, 1999 Oxford Meeting Report
The BSS Annual Scientific Meeting in Oxford this September proved to be another successful blend of interesting presentations interrupted every so often by opportunities to over-indulge with food and drink! As well as many high-quality speakers from the UK, this year’s conference was able to include speakers from Switzerland, Italy, Israel, USA and Canada, thanks to the generous sponsorship from Oxford Instruments (Medical Systems Division) and the support of the other exhibitors in the trade exhibition.
The theme of the main presentations was that of the developmental aspects of sleep and its disorders. This included coverage of aspects of sleeplessness, sleep related breathing disorders, and arousals and arousal disorders. The developmental theme was (with a bit of imagination!) reflected in the technology and assessment session which was devoted to the comparative `child’ of sleep assessment techniques, artificial neural networks.
Guest speaker, Prof Irene Tobler, gave an inspiring and humorous autobiographical account of her personal development within the field of sleep research. Those of us who ever considered sleep research with humans to be problematic were forced to reconsider when told of the difficulties involved with retrieving actigraphs from goats roaming over the Alps!
The free communications and poster sessions were lively and varied, emphasising the diversity of the interests of BSS members and the amount of interesting sleep research that is being carried out in this country.
Special mention must also be made of Professor David Grahame-Smith who provided a splendid after dinner speech at the Conference Banquet. He must be heartily congratulated for managing to include a joke with mention of CPAP in the punch-line!
Finally, thanks must be given to the
following companies who supported the meeting:
Ambulatory Monitoring Inc., Blackwell Science Ltd., Cambridge Neurotechnology Ltd, Cephalon UK Ltd., Lorex Synthelabo Ltd., Medic-Aid Ltd., Outside-In Ltd, Oxford Instruments, Pharma Nord (UK) Ltd., ResMed (UK) Ltd., Sleep Multimedia Inc. and Stowood Scientific Instruments.
The first study day for sleep laboratory workers was held on 29th April 1999 in Stevenage, Herts. It was a tremendous success and is likely to become an established part of BSS's programme of events. The next study day is tentatively sceduled for April 2000. Contact the Hon Sec if you would like further notification or details of this meeting.
The original url of the British Sleep Society was www.british-sleep-society-org.uk. This was changed to www.sleeping.org.uk around 2001. The pages on the www.neuronic.com site which hosted the British Sleep Society pages in the early years were referred to by the original url.
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