Sleep and drugs: Prescribing for the sleepy and the sleepless


Wednesday 15 November 2017


Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
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Sleep Medicine Section


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about this event

This one day teaching course will explore the pharmacology of sleep and wake, past, present and future. Talks will cover key topics including prescribed stimulants, hypnotics for insomnia, novel sleep drugs for the future, restless legs and difficulties caused by impulse control disorder. Book today to secure your place.

keynote speaker

Professor David Nutt

Professor David Nutt is a British psychiatrist and neuropsychopharmacologist specialising in the research of drugs that affect the brain and conditions such as addiction, anxiety and sleep. He was also the former Government Chief Drugs Adviser and is currently the Edmond J Safra Chair in Neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London.


  • A comprehensive overview of drug therapy for sleep and sleep disorders
  • Attendees will understand the pharmacology of both sedatives and stimulants, potential for use and abuse of stimulants and hypnotics
  • Understand emerging therapies based on novel drug targets


RSM member from £30 - £100
Non-member from £35 - £135


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Morning lectures

Chair: Dr Sue Wilson, Centre for Neuropsychopharmacology, Imperial College London

8.30 am

Registration, tea and coffee

9.15 am

Introduction and welcome

Dr Kirstie Anderson, Consultant Neurologist, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

9.30 am

The pharmacology of sleep

Dr Ann Sharpley, Trials Manager and Sleep Scientist, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford

10.10 am

Legal highs – prescribing stimulants for wakefulness

Dr Paul Reading, Consultant Neurologist, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough

11.10 am

Tea and coffee break

11.30 am

Dopamine, restless legs and impulse control disorder

Dr Kirstie Anderson, Consultant Neurologist, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

12.20 pm

Panel discussion

12.30 pm


Keynote presentations

Chair: Dr Hugh Selsick, Sleep Disorders Centre, Guy's Hospital and President, Sleep Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine

1.35 pm

Lies, damn lies and UK drugs policy

Professor David Nutt, The Edmond J Safra Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology, Imperial College, London

2.30 pm

Advances in hypnotic research

Professor Andrew Krystal, University of California, San Francisco

3.10 pm

Tea and coffee break

3.30 pm

Drugs for the bumps in the night – prescribing for parasomnia

Dr Gary Dennis, Consultant Neurologist and Sleep Specialist, Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

4.10 pm

Ask the expert interactive session: Lies, damn lies and UK drugs policy

Professor David Nutt and Professor Andrew Krystal

4.45 pm

Completion of online evaluations and close of meeting

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