About this event

  • Date and time Wed 11 May 2022 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Sleep Medicine

This meeting aims to explore the big known unknowns of sleep medicine and the possible avenues that may be pursued in future research.

There are limited free bursary places available to RSM students and AHPs on a first come, first served basis. To claim your free place, please email us at sleep.disorders@rsm.ac.uk

Join us to explore important known unknowns in sleep medicine, with topics ranging from sleep medicine science to managing treatment-resistant sleep disorders.

This truly multidisciplinary sleep medicine educational event will be delivered by national and international experts in their fields, who will discuss today’s big sleep medicine questions, from the validity of our current sleep EEG staging to does insomnia kill.

During this session, participants will be able to:

  • The future of sleep medicine science, including optimising: the power of EEG diagnostics, light therapy, and sleep biomarkers
  • How to approach residual sleepiness in adequately treated obstructive sleep apnoea 
  • How to optimise the use of oral appliances in treating sleep-disordered breathing
  • How can we harness ‘big sleep data’ to address the known unknowns in sleep medicine
  • How to treat insomnia when cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) fails
  • Does insomnia kill? 

By the end of this meeting, delegates will have the latest sleep medicine information at their fingertips and know the future direction of sleep medicine research.

Can’t attend in person on the day? This event is available to watch on-demand for up to 60 days. Please register for the pre-recorded webinar here. The link to watch the webinar will be sent via email three days after the live in-person event on 14 May 2022 so that you can view it on-demand.  

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Early bird pricing available until 30 March 2022.


RSM Fellow RSM Associate RSM Retired Fellow RSM Trainee RSM Student
£77.00 £46.00 £46.00 £46.00 £24.00

Non - Member

Consultant / GP AHP / Nurse / Midwife Non Healthcare Professional Trainee Student
£141.00 £84.00 £84.00 £84.00 £44.00


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Registration, tea and coffee

Welcome and introduction

Session 1

Chair: Professor Jim Horne, Sleep Research, Loughborough University

New approaches to sleep medicine science


Developments in sleep biomarkers and light therapy


Opportunities in sleep electroencephalogram diagnostics for neurology and psychiatry


Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break

Session 2

Chair: Dr Ari Manuel, Consultant Respiratory and Sleep Physician, Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

How to approach residual sleepiness in adequately treated obstructive sleep apnoea?

Dr Sriram IyerConsultant Respiratory and Sleep Physician, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Optimising the use of oral appliances in sleep disordered breathing

Professor Barry F.A. Quinn, Professor of Restorative Dentistry and Dental Education, University of Liverpool

Panel discussion

Session 3

Chair: Dr David O’Regan, President, Sleep Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine 

Will ‘big sleep data’ answer the known unknowns of sleep medicine?

Professor Erna Sif Arnardóttir, Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering and Department of Computer Science, Reykjavik University, Iceland

What to do when cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia fails?


Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break
Does insomnia kill?

Professor Maurice Ohayon, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences, Stanford University

Panel discussion

Closing remarks


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

Disclaimer: All views expressed in this event are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations. 

Registration for this event will close on Tuesday 10 May 2022 at 1am BST. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted.

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