Each year, the APSS Program Committee is tasked with selecting courses and sessions for the SLEEP Annual Meeting that will provide attendees with state of the art information on the latest topics in the field. This year, the Program Committee has introduced several new session formats and has included sessions on many hot-topics in sleep. Incoming Chair of the Program Committee and Regional Medical Director at Sleep HealthCenters, Douglas Kirsch, MD has reviewed the SLEEP 2012 program and selected several discussion groups and clinical workshops that will be of greatest relevance to attendees in clinical practice:

Discussion Groups

  • D01: Measuring Sleepiness in Drivers: The Challenges and Controversies
    Monday, June 11, 2012, 10:30am–12:30pm
    Session Chair: Siobhan Banks, PhD
  • D03: Should We Treat Periodic Limb Movements during Sleep?
    Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 8:00am–10:00am
    Session Co-chairs: Arthur Walters, MD; and Marco Zucconi, MD
  • D06: Developing ICSD-3: Work to Date and Future Directions
    Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 2:45pm–4:45pm
    Session Chair: Michael Sateia, MD
  • D09: New Horizons in Cancer-related Sleep Disturbances
    Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 10:15am–12:15pm
    Session Chair: Valerie Crabtree, PhD

Clinical Workshops

  • W01: Personalizing Therapies: Addressing Circadian Factors in the Treatment of Insomnia
    Monday, June 11, 2012, 10:30am–12:30pm
    Session Chair: Kelly Baron, PhD, MPH
  • W02: Management of Complicated Sleep Disordered Breathing
    Monday, June 11, 2012, 3:00pm–5:00pm
    Session Chair: Peter Gay, MD
  • W03: Legal Update for Sleep Centers: Health Reform, Health Information Technology and Compliance
    Monday, June 11, 2012, 3:00pm–5:00pm
    Session Chair: David Szabo, JD
  • W05: Changes to the CPT Guidelines for Sleep Medicine Services: How Will They Affect My Practice?
    Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 10:15am–12:15pm
    Session Co-chairs: Amy Aronsky, DO; and Kelly Carden, MD
  • W07: Minimally-invasive Treatment of CPAP-intolerant Patients
    Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 8:00am–10:00am
    Session Chair: Michael Friedman, MD
  • W09: Should Dopamine Agonists Still be First-line Treatment for Restless Legs Syndrome?
    Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 2:45pm–4:45pm
    Session Chair: John Winkelman, MD, PhD

Each of these sessions is included in the SLEEP 2012 general session and may be attended by anyone registered for the meeting. For full program details, visit the meeting’s website at www.sleepmeeting.org. Space in ticketed sessions is filling up and the advanced registration deadline to save on registration fees is less than a month away; register now. For questions about SLEEP 2012, please contact the APSS meeting department by sending an email to sleepmeeting@apss.org or by calling 630-737-9768.