Sleep Health & Safety 2011 a Big Success

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May 15, 2011

More than 450 attended the National Sleep Foundation’s Sleep Health & Safety conference on March 17-18, 2011 at the JW Marriott in Washington, DC. Larry Culpepper, MD and Charles Czeisler, PhD, MD, co-chaired a dual track program for healthcare professionals and researchers.

Dr. Culpepper developed the Health Care Professional Track curriculum for primary care physicians and other health care professionals in mind. This continuing medical education course was a practical primer on how to incorporate the latest sleep science into clinical practice and include well-known faculty in sleep medicine and primary care, including Drs. Meir Kryger, Tom Roth, James Pagel and David Neubauer.

Dr. Czeisler designed the Public Health and Safety Track with “Extended Duration Work Shifts and Long Work Weeks” as the overall track theme.  Sessions highlighted the intersection of current sleep research with public policy, including the effects of health care provider’s sleep on patient care, the impact of extending work hours, and work duration and hour of service safety-related issues for pilots, truckers, military personnel, and drivers’ safety.  Speakers included representatives from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, National Transportation Safety Board, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.

Throughout the conference, the Exhibit Hall showcased the latest products and services from a variety of companies in the sleep field. Poster sessions occurred during breaks.

Next year’s Sleep Health & Safety will take place on March 2-3, 2012 at the JW Marriott in Washington, DC. More information will be announced at a later date.