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
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
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.