About this event

  • Date and time Wed 11 May 2022 from 8:20am to 4:50pm
  • 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.

Learning objectives include:

  • 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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We would like to thank our sponsors Jazz Pharmaceuticals and Panthera Dental for their support of this meeting.
Please note that the scientific programme and content has not been influenced in any way by the sponsors.

Key speakers

Barry F.A. Quinn

Professor Barry F.A. Quinn

Professor of Restorative Dentistry and Dental Education, University of Liverpool

Speaker's biography

Professor Barry F.A. Quinn is a Chair in Restorative Dentistry and Dental Education, Academic Lead and Head for Restorative Dentistry, University of Liverpool, School of Dentistry and King James IV Professor of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Barry is presently Secretary General of the Association Dental Education in Europe (ADEE), President-elect of the British Alliance for Researchers in Dental Education and Scholarship (BARDES), Co-President of the Dental Teachers of Professionalism in the UK and a Past-President of the Education Research Group (ERG) of the International Association of Dental Research (2018-2020).


Professor Quinn is a consultant in Restorative Dentistry and has worked collaboratively for over 20 years at Guy’s and St Thomas’s hospitals, with the Lane Fox respiratory unit providing care for patients with sleep apnoea. Since September 2021, Barry has taken a chair at the University of Liverpool and leads the integrated teaching of restorative dentistry. He is presently setting up a dental sleep medicine service working collaboratively with the Aintree Hospital respiratory/sleep department.

Sriram Iyer

Dr Sriram Iyer

Consultant Respiratory and Sleep Physician, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Speaker's biography

Dr Sriram Iyer is based in Sheffield and leads one of the largest sleep services in the North of England. He completed his specialist training in Cambridge and Liverpool and was a consultant in Northwest England for many years before moving to Vancouver as a visiting consultant at the University of British Columbia hospital. His practice is focused on complex sleep apnoea, parasomnias and narcolepsy. He works with neurology colleagues at the Royal Hallamshire Sleep Disorders Centre.


Dr Iyer is the chief investigator in a number of on-going studies pertaining to sleep apnoea and non-invasive ventilation and has received a grant from Pfizer to investigate atrial fibrillation in obstructive sleep apnoea. He is the training programme director for respiratory medicine in Yorkshire and also runs the Difficult Lung Disease Conference. He is a published writer and medico-legal expert. In his spare time, he pretends to enjoy tackling the hills around Sheffield on his fluorescent road bike and plays golf with an unenviable handicap.

Professor Maurice Ohayon

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


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

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

Session 1

Chair: Professor Jim Horne, Sleep Neuroscientist, Loughborough University

Advances in electroencephalogram diagnostics beyond usual sleep medicine

Professor Andrew Bagshaw, Professor of Imaging Neuroscience, University of Birmingham

Sleep and circadian technology for advancing sleep medicine and health

Professor Derk-Jan Dijk, Professor of Sleep and Physiology and Director, Surrey Sleep Research Centre

Other new sleep frontiers

Professor Jim Horne

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break

Session 2

Chair: Dr David O’Regan

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

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

Please note this talk will be delivered virtually

What to do when cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia fails?

Dr Dimitri Gavriloff, Specialist in Sleep Medicine, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break
Does insomnia kill?

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

Please note this talk will be delivered virtually

Panel discussion
Closing remarks
Close of meeting



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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