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IPSA Congress 2016 - Taiwan March 11-13, 2016
Dear Friends, On behalf of the organizing committee, we are extremely happy to invite you to participate in the
IV International Pediatric Sleep Association Congress (IPSA 2016) which will be held on March 11-13, 2016, in Taipei International Convention Center, located in the heart of Taipei, Taiwan.

We sincerely hope the beauty of our city and the theme of our conference will attract you all. The IPSA 2016 serves as a premier event on the international calendar of pediatric sleep bringing together physicians, educators, basic scientists, sleep technician and clinical investigators from hospitals, industry, and academia to present and share the latest cutting-edge research results and innovative solutions in the related fields. We believe you will have a fruitful and enjoyable time during your stay in Taipei based on our solid program and the hospitality of Taipei, Taiwan aka “Formosa”.(“beautiful in Portuguese”) island, as used by the Portuguese mariners centuries ago to describe Taiwan Look forward to seeing you in Taipei, Taiwan in 2016! Best Regards, Dr. Yu-Shu Huang, Chair of IPSA 2016 and Local Organizer Dr. Daniel KK Ng, Co-Chair of IPSA 2016 Dr. Oliviero Bruni, President of IPSA Dr. Chia-Mo Lin, President of Taiwan Society of Sleep Medicine   read more...

IPSA Congress 2014 - Porto Alegre - Brazil - Sunday, September 29, 2013

It is my pleasure to present the
III Congress of the International Pediatric Sleep Association (IPSA) - Porto Alegre (Brazil) 3-5 December 2014.

The importance of sleep for health, learning and psychomotor development in infancy, childhood and adolescence has been emphasized in the pediatric research in the last two decades and it has become more and more evident that ensuring a good sleep during development is of key importance for a later healthy life.
The IPSA Congress is an influential forum for sleep practitioners from around the world to network and exchange views, whilst learning from world-class researchers about the latest scientific and clinical developments in the field.
The success of the last two Congresses in Rome 2010 and Manchester 2012 has highlighted the magnitude of Pediatric Sleep Medicine in the scientific community and we hope that the 2014 Congress will provide a perfect balance between didactic and practical needs, in order to provide the technical knowhow and up-to-date knowledge that will enable participants to improve their practice.
As traditional for IPSA, the most renowned International opinion leaders in the field of Pediatric Sleep Medicine speakers will join the Congress and will highlight the recent significant advances in both basic science and clinical sleep medicine during development.
I hope that the world paediatric sleep community will gather together in the lively city of Porto Alegre to celebrate the best clinical practice and the latest advances in Pediatric Sleep Medicine.

Oliviero Bruni
President of the International Pediatric Sleep Association


IPSA Congress 5-7 december 2012 - Manchester City (UK)

IPSA Congress 5-7th December 2012 - Manchester (UK)  


IPSA 2010 - Abstract Book




Guia SAOS Infantil Espanola

New guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of OSA in children published by the Spanish Pediatric Sleep Group. (available only in Spanish)



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Authors: Pogue D

PMID: 26349140 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Addressing Childhood Obesity: Opportunities for Prevention.
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Pediatr Clin North Am. 2015 Oct;62(5):1241-61

Authors: Brown CL, Halvorson EE, Cohen GM, Lazorick S, Skelton JA

The overweight and obesity epidemic among children and adolescents in the United States continues to worsen, with notable racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities. Risk factors for pediatric obesity include genetics; environmental and neighborhood factors; increased intake of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs), fast-food, and processed snacks; decreased physical activity; shorter sleep duration; and increased personal, prenatal, or family stress. Pediatricians can help prevent obesity by measuring body mass index at least yearly and providing age- and development-appropriate anticipatory guidance to families. Public policies and environmental interventions aim to make it easier for children to make healthy nutrition and physical activity choices. Interventions focused on family habits and parenting strategies have also been successful at preventing or treating childhood obesity.

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Redo double-opposing Z-plasty is effective for correction of marginal velopharyngeal insufficiency.
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Authors: Hsu PJ, Wang SH, Yun C, Lo LJ

OBJECTIVE: Double-opposing Z-plasty (DOZ) of the Furlow method has been successfully used for the correction of marginal velopharyngeal insufficiency (VPI) by reconstructing the levator muscle and lengthening the soft palate. For a recurrent or residual marginal VPI, it was questioned whether redo DOZ could be applied to correct the problem and minimize surgical morbidity. This study reported the outcome of the redo DOZ.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: The DOZ procedure was the method of choice for marginal VPI in the authors' center. To evaluate the effectiveness of the redo operation, patients with cleft palate with or without cleft lip treated from 2005 to 2014 were reviewed. Inclusion criteria were non-syndromic patients who underwent the second DOZ for the correction of marginal VPI. Clinical information, speech assessment, and nasopharyngoscopic findings were reviewed.
RESULTS: The velopharyngeal function was improved from marginal to adequate in all 13 patients either subjectively or objectively. The resonance became normal in nine patients after the surgery, and the change was statistically significant. Preoperative audible nasal emission improved in four out of five patients. Complications were minor or transient including one patient with snoring. No patient complained of airway or sleep problems.
CONCLUSION: Although the levator muscle sling might be disturbed by the redo DOZ procedure, the surgery was effective in correcting the residual VPI with low morbidity.

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Stability of Modified Maxillomandibular Advancement Surgery in a Patient With Preadolescent Refractory Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
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J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2015 Sep;73(9):1827-41

Authors: Ahn HW, Lee BS, Kim SW, Kim SJ

Maxillomandibular advancement (MMA) surgery can be considered a primary single-stage treatment for improving the quality of life in patients with preadolescent refractory obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The aim of the present report was to evaluate the treatment efficacy and stability of modified MMA surgery in a growing patient with morbidly severe symptoms and medical complications. Using the follow-up results from the questionnaire, polysomnography, 2-dimensional cephalometry, and 3-dimensional cone-beam computed tomography measurements, the success of modified MMA surgery was assessed in terms of the postoperative improvements of functions and esthetics and postretentive stability of the improvements throughout the growth period. The present report provides some clinical recommendations when considering skeletal surgery in preadolescent patients with OSA: 1) the decision criteria of MMA surgery as definite treatment; 2) the proper surgical design for both maximum enlargement of the airway and esthetic improvement; and 3) the postoperative facial growth for long-term stability of airway function and skeletal improvement. With a systematic multidisciplinary approach, early surgical intervention can be used to treat OSA in children successfully and permanently.

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