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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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Incidence of Sleep Disorders Reported by Patients at UTHSC College of Dentistry: A Two-Year Follow-Up and Proposed Educational Program.
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Incidence of Sleep Disorders Reported by Patients at UTHSC College of Dentistry: A Two-Year Follow-Up and Proposed Educational Program.

J Dent Educ. 2015 May;79(5):548-56

Authors: Ivanoff CS, Pancratz F

A 2011 study at one U.S. dental school found that patients were not routinely screened by dental students for obstructive sleep apnea and/or other related sleep disorders, nor were students being trained to screen. Consequently, the medical history questionnaire used in the clinic was updated to include five specific screening questions. The aim of this two-year follow-up study was to determine whether screening had improved at the school. A retrospective chart review of all patients (age 14-70+) in the third- and fourth-year dental clinics in 2012 and 2013 searched for "YES" responses to the five questions. Of 5,931 patients, 38% reported they snore or were told they snore. By age 50-59, their reports of snoring increased to 50%. About 5% reported incidents waking up choking. By age 50, between one-fifth and one-quarter indicated they woke up frequently during the night. One in six frequently felt overly tired during the daytime, often falling asleep. This problem was evenly reported by all age groups between ages 30 and 69. About half the patients reporting sleep problems also had hypertension and cardiovascular problems with an equal distribution between males and females. The results showed that updating the medical history form had dramatically improved screening for sleep-disordered breathing by these dental students. Though screening is neither a definitive diagnosis nor an attempt to distinguish among sleep disorders, the results correlate with national statistics. Screening is an important step to increase student awareness of this serious health trend as it prepares students to engage more constructively in its management and referral.

PMID: 25941148 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Sleep loss increases dissociation and affects memory for emotional stimuli.
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Sleep loss increases dissociation and affects memory for emotional stimuli.

J Behav Ther Exp Psychiatry. 2015 Jun;47:9-17

Authors: van Heugten-van der Kloet D, Giesbrecht T, Merckelbach H

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Because of their dreamlike character, authors have speculated about the role that the sleep-wake cycle plays in dissociative symptoms. We investigated whether sleep loss fuels dissociative symptoms and undermines cognitive efficiency, particularly memory functioning.
METHODS: Fifty-six healthy undergraduate students were randomly assigned to an experimental group (n = 28) and a control group (n = 28). The experimental group was deprived of sleep for 36 h in a sleep laboratory; the control group had a regular night of sleep. Sleepiness, mood, and dissociative symptoms were assessed 6 times in the experimental group (control group: 4 times). Several cognitive tasks were administered.
RESULTS: Sleep deprivation led to an increase in dissociative symptoms, which was mediated by levels of general distress. Feelings of sleepiness preceded an increase of dissociative symptoms and deterioration of mood. Finally, sleep loss also undermined memory of emotional material, especially in highly dissociative individuals.
LIMITATIONS: Limitations included moderate reliability of the mood scale, limited generalizability due to student sample, and a relatively short period of intensive sleep deprivation rather than lengthy but intermittent sleep loss, representative of a clinical population.
CONCLUSIONS: We found that sleep deprivation had significant effects on dissociation, sleepiness, and mood. Specifically, sleepiness and dissociation increased during the night, while mood deteriorated. Our findings stress the importance of sleep deficiencies in the development of dissociative symptoms. They support the view that sleep disruptions fuel distress, but also degrade memory and attentional control. It is against this background that dissociative symptoms may arise.

PMID: 25462597 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]


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