On behalf of the Indian Society for Sleep Research (ISSR), I extend my heartiest Greetings for the season 2015. The year 2014 was very important to ISSR. We organized the 8th Asian Sleep Research Society (ASRS) Congress during September 22-24, 2014 in the beautiful land of Kerala, the God's own country. Let us give a big hand to Dr Kamalesh Kumari Gulia and her team from Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences and Technology, Thiruvanathapuram for organizing this important scientific event which has been greatly and widely appreciated by the participants.
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. This year the course (NSMC 2015) will be held at Guwahati organized by Dr Kripesh Ranjan Sarmah. 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. The examination is conducted online every year. 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 continue
'The National Sleep Technology Course' in the line of NSMC. The Second NSTC will be held during December 9-10 2015 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. Thirty five young scientists and clinicians were awarded travel grant in 2014 to attend the 8th ASRS Congress last year in Kerala.
The ISSR is launching its Newsletter which will be published twice a year. Dr Tripat Deep Singh has volunteered to undertake this important assignment and will bring out the first issue in May, 2015.
I am happy to announce that from this year ISSR is undertaking Sleep Clinic/Laboratory accreditation programme in order to streamline and strengthen quality sleep medicine care in the country.