In celebration of 50 years of ESRS, the Journal of Sleep Research recently published a special edition commemorating this. It features a collection of 21 articles from well-known European clinicians and researchers from the fields of sleep medicine and sleep research.
Join us for presentations directly from several key contributors of the special issue:
Alex Borbély: Origin and relevance of the two-process model of sleep regulation
How animal experiments aimed at exploring circadian oscillators led to the recognition of a sleep-wake-dependent process. Its interaction with a circadian process provided the basis of the two-process model. It was proposed that the emergence of sleep homeostasis provided an escape from the rigid control imposed by the circadian pacemaker.
Kerstin Hödlmoser: Memory consolidation during sleep
Highlights of the developmental trajectory of sleep-dependent memory consolidation processes, from their development in childhood to their potential impairments in ageing, and the nature and extent of our capabilities for information processing, learning, and memory reinforcement during sleep.
Dirk Pevernagie: OSA or OSAS? a half-century of progressing insight
The operational definition OSAS seemed straightforward: OSAS = OSA + symptoms and signs. However, this equation proves problematic. Its application in clinical research and medical practice has produced equivocal outcomes. Nowadays we know that the pathophysiology of OSA is not tightly linked to clinical manifestations. OSAS appears to be a complex and heterogeneous disorder.
Birgit Högl: RBD: Past, present and future
A lively international research activity has developed around biomarkers in RBD, in particular detection of novel, and evaluation of existing biomarkers with respect to their potential to predict (e.g. time and endpoint) conversion of clinically isolated RBD to full-blown manifest daytime neurodegenerative disease.