The 2016 competition for the best abstract by a CSS Trainee is now open. Additionally, we are pleased to introduce the CSS Technologist Service Award. Both awards feature a $300 prize with an application deadline of April 15th, 2016. Winners will be notified by May 15th, 2016, and awards will be presented at the CSS Annual General Meeting, which will be held at the 2016 SLEEP meeting in Denver. Inquiries can be forwarded to John Peever (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), and additional information about each award can be found below.

CIHR-Funded Community Development Program: Mobilizing the Healthcare Community Towards an Integrated Approach to Improving Outcomes of Patients with Sleep Disorders – Canadian Sleep and Circadian Network (CSCN)

The objective of the CSCN Travel Awards is to recognize an outstanding Canadian research contribution made by students and postdoctoral fellows in the field of sleep/rhythms research. Note that only trainees are eligible to apply to this competition. The maximum amount for a single award is $1000.

The CSCN will provide funding to students and postdoctoral fellows working in sleep research in Canada to travel to the 2016 Gordon Research Conference – Sleep Regulation and Function (https://www.grc.org/programs.aspx?id=16792) to present their research, which must be determined to be relevant to the general CSCN mandate.

Application Process:

  • A 1-page (maximum) letter outlining how this award will foster your career goals is required.
  • A supporting letter from your supervisor that confirms you are a full-time student or postdoctoral fellow at a recognized Canadian academic institution.
  • A copy of your submitted abstract. Note: You MUST be presenting an abstract or oral presentation in order to be eligible for an award.
  • The above information should be submitted as a single pdf to Dominique Petit (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by February 15 2016.

In addition:

  • Awards are competitive and given based on scientific merit and need. Applications will be peer-reviewed using standard CIHR criteria.
  • Confirmation of acceptance regarding your submitted abstract will be required before releasing funds to successful applicants.
  • The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $1000 per applicant. There are 5 available travel awards for this funding period.
  • Successful applicants will notified of award decisions by March 1 2016.

Questions should be directed to Dominique Petit (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

The 2015 CSS Annual Corporate Report is now available for download in ENGLISH and FRENCH.

In this report you will find a Letter from the President, profiles on the Board of Directors, spotlights on CSS activities (e.g., strategic planning meeting, position paper, insomnia rounds, patient information brochures, website renovations), updates on activities of the special-interest groups in insomnia, and information on our biennial conferences and membership demographics. Please read and distribute widely to help us grow the membership. Contact any board member with your questions or ideas.


The Fall 2015 Edition of Vigilance: The Official Newsletter of the Canadian Sleep Society is now available! Be sure to distrubute to your colleagues, staff, students and trainees!

IN THIS EDITION: Toronto 2015 Conference restrospective and conference abstracts!

Vigilance is available in both French and English. Download now.

Click here to browse the Vigilance archives.

Date: 26 February 2016

Venue: Royal College of Physicians, London UK

Registration is now open for the Clinical Update Sleep conference, and 2016 promises to be its biggest year yet. The day will cover a range of topics, including hypersomnia and parasomnia, sleep-disordered breathing and comorbidities, plus an update on recent clinical trials in sleep-disordered breathing and non-invasive ventilation.

The format of presentations, interactive lectures, case studies and workshops, including a workshop aimed at using polysomnography and CPAP equipment, means that those attending will be informed of all the latest advances in understanding and managing sleep disorders. There will be a faculty of international sleep experts including Gian Paolo Rossi, Wolfgang Oertel, Anita Simonds and Dieter Riemann, plus many more.

5 CPD points have been awarded from The Royal College of Physicians.

To secure your place book online at http://www.guysandstthomasevents.co.uk/international-conference-clinical-update-sleep-2016/  or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The conference has a limited number of places available so early registration is highly recommended.

Register now for the SLEEP SYMPOSIUM 2015 in Winnipeg, MB!

The Sleep Symposium has been designed to present some of the multiple aspects of Sleep Medicine to a wide audience of physicians from various specialities as well as various health care professionals. The main program objectives are to enhance clinical competence and improve patient care. The topics of the two plenary sessions are presented by world renowned experts: Sleep in Women by Dr. M. Kryger and Overview of Parasomnias by Dr. C. Schenck. The other topics covered in the Symposium include:

  • Postoperative Complications in Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Is the current extensive postoperative surveillance justified? [Pro- Con Debate], presented by Dr. Mutter (Department of Anesthesia) and Dr. Giannouli (Department of Internal Medicine, Sleep Medicine)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Insomnia, [Workshop], presented by Dr. N. Vincent (Department of Clinical Psychology)
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea: What a Family Physician should know, [Workshop], presented by Dr. S. Corne (Department of Internal Medicine, Sleep Medicine)

We invite you to peruse the attached brochure and visit our registration page.

The Malvern Sleep Clinic in Scarborough, ON will be hosting an Education Day on November 7th, 2015 for individuals interested in obtaining Continuing Education Credits. The day is targeted towards family physicians, pediatricians, sleep specialists, respiratory therapists, and sleep technologists, and covers a range of topics. For more information and details on attending, please refer to the resources below:

View the Agenda Download the Brochure

The Canadian Sleep Society is proud to announce the 2015 Distinguished Scientist Award Winner:


Eliot A. Phillipson, OC, MD, FCAHS

Sir John and Lady Eaton Professor of Medicine Emeritus 
University of Toronto

We are excited that Dr. Phillipson will present at the 2015 Canadian Sleep Society Conference as one of our keynote presenters!

From a Sleeping Dog to a National Program: Evolution of Sleep and Breathing in Canada

During the past 40 years, research in sleep and breathing in Canada has evolved from single-investigator operations to large national initiatives involving multidisciplinary teams. How did this transition come about? How much of it was by chance and how much by design? What lessons can be learned from this evolution? Will it be of value in anticipating future directions? This presentation will provide some insight into these and related questions, from the perspective on one individual who was witness to the entire process – from a sleepy dog to programs of national scope.

Distinguished Scientist Award:

The Distinguished Scientist Award is in recognition of a scientist who has made significant contributions to the field of sleep research in Canada. The award will be given at each Congress of the Canadian Sleep Society. The Executive board of the Canadian Sleep Society nominates and selects the winner of this award. Members of Canadian Sleep Society are welcome to nominate individuals for the award in writing to the Executive board.

Don't miss out! Early bird registration ending soon. The Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine has scheduled it’s Fall Course for the weekend of October 17-18, 2015.  The course titled Developing & Expanding your BSM Practice:  A Case Based Approach examines state-of-the-art case-based assessment and treatment strategies in behavioral sleep medicine. The program is meant to be practical for clinicians and features prominent BSM clinical and research faculty.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.behavioralsleep.org/Course.aspx