Sleep and breathing disorders

Sleep disordered breathing is a major public health problem across Europe that remains underdiagnosed throughout the region. Although treatments for conditions like obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome are generally effective, the lack of systematic data collection on the prevalence of sleep disordered breathing and the continued underdiagnosis of its related conditions highlights the importance of continued research into prevention, treatment and management of sleep and breathing disorders.

Of interest to clinicians, allied health professionals and researchers, the virtual Congress programme will include a sleep and breathing disorders track that has been developed by experts in the field. The track includes a variety of activities for health professionals who are involved in the management of patients with sleep breathing disorders and for researchers with an interest in this disease area.

To view all sessions included in this specialist track, you need to access the online programme, click on 'Advanced' and select ‘Sleep and breathing disorders’ from the ‘Diseases’ options. The programme can also be used to search for keywords, speakers and dates and to build your customised Congress agenda.

Hear from the ERS Sleep and Breathing Disorders and Clinical Physiology Assembly

We spoke to ERS officers who specialise in sleep and breathing disorders to find out what you can expect from the virtual Congress and which programme highlights you should not miss. See what they told us:

Professor Pierantonio Laveneziana, ERS Sleep and Breathing Disorders and Clinical Physiology Assembly Secretary

Q: What in your opinion will be the popular topics in the sleep and breathing disorders field during this year's Congress, and what will be particular highlight for you?

A: The popular topics will be screening for sleep disordered breathing, including in whom it should be done and how, as well as personalised treatment in sleep disordered breathing. Particular highlights for me will be current perspectives of sleep disordered breathing screening options and management, from different pathophysiological traits to phenotypes.

Dr Andrea Crespo Sedano, ERS Sleep and Breathing Disorders and Clinical Physiology Assembly early career representative

Q: As an early-career professional with a focus on sleep and breathing disorders, why is the upcoming Congress valuable to career development?

A:The scientific sessions arranged by the ERS Sleep and Breathing Disorders and Clinical Physiology Assembly will provide very interesting and novel insights into sleep disordered breathing.

The programme includes several symposia that will present the state-of-the-art and hot topics dedicated to the advances in this field, new technologies for the management for obstructive sleep apnoea and current therapeutic strategies based on this new world of digital health.

As a result, this virtual Congress will offer the opportunity for early career members to update their knowledge and skills in the field of sleep and breathing disorders.

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