President's Message - Indian Society for Sleep Research

On behalf of the Indian Society for Sleep Research (ISSR), I extend my heartiest Greetings for the season 2014. The year 2014 is very important to ISSR. We are organizing the 8th Asian Sleep Research Society (ASRS) Congress this year during September 22-24, in the beautiful land of Kerala, the God's own country. Hotel Uday Samudra on the 'Samudra Beach' sets a perfect back drop to host the Congress where you will redefine rest, activity and sleep. Dr Kamalesh Gulia from Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences and Technology, Thiruvanathapuram, is in command for hosting this prestigious academic event ASRS 2014 and joins me in extending our sincere invitation to this Congress.

With the continued clinical leadership provided by Dr Deepak Shrivastava from California, and faculty support from USA, Japan and India, the ISSR had been hosting National Sleep Medicine Course (NSMC), every year since 2006. The last course (NSMC 2013) was held at Chennai organized by Dr Suresh Kumar. We thank and congratulate Dr Suresh Kumar and his wonderful team for this successful and very well organized course. Recently NSMC has attracted international participants from Ireland, Iran, Sri Lanka and Malaysia. I take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude and thanks to the entire overseas and national faculty and the regional organizers of NSMC courses for their constant support and sacrifice for carrying forward this mission of ISSR.

ISSR had been providing international recognition and exposure to Indian scientists through its adherence to ASRS and the international body the “World Federation of Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine”. The Indian scientists are regularly proposing symposia in ASRS Congress and Worldsleep meetings.

I want to emphasize and reinforce that ISSR is first to start in 2012 'International Sleep Medicine Board Certification Examination' in India with the support from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and later on by the World Federation of Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine”. The programme is supposed to be extended to another seven countries. Last year the examination was conducted online. I hope more clinicians will be benefitted from this certification programme in future.

The field of sleep medicine has grown significantly due to increased public awareness of sleep disorders. With this growth has come the need for accessible educational opportunities for Polysomnographic Technologist (PSGT) who performs a vital role in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. In this regard the ISSR is committed to start 'The National Sleep Technology Course' in the line of NSMC from this year. The first NSTC will be held in September 2014 in New Delhi. It will be a good opening for sleep technicians/technologists who want to subsequently take up certification examination for Sleep technologists.

The ISSR has instituted Budur Krishna Murthy Travel Award and Budur Krishna Murthy Young Investigator Award from the year 2014 onwards. For this the ISSR gratefully acknowledges the generous donation by Dr Kumar Budur, one of our distinguished international NSMC faculty members from USA.

We look forward to your participation in ASRS 2014 (

See you all in Kovalam

Hrudananda Mallick, MD, PhD
President, ISSR

Third Transitional Board Certificate Examination
for Indian Sleep Specialists

(Conducted by World Sleep Federation on July 13, 2014)
8th Asian Sleep Research Society Congress
Septemebr 22-24, 2014
Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram
Kerala, India

Sleep Technician Workshop September 26-27, 2014 AIIMS, New Delhi.
National Sleep Medicine Course 2015 Guwahati