Saturday Program

The Saturday Program of the 2019 Sleep Expo will take place on September 21, 2019. Saturday will feature the leading patient organizations and experts on the topics of the following:

  • Narcolepsy
  • Hypersomnia

Understanding narcolepsy and hypersomnia: Insights and perspectives
8:30am – 4:30pm

Wake Up Narcolepsy Education Day at Sleep Expo 2019 In Collaboration with The Hypersomnia Foundation and World Sleep 2019

The number of patients presenting with symptoms of narcolepsy and hypersomnia disorders is increasing. This demonstrates a growing need to provide practitioners with an in-depth grasp of how these patients present and the trajectory of their symptoms. It also underlines the need for practitioners to be aware of specific treatment strategies and to understand when it is appropriate to refer patients to other sleep related specialists.

The overriding objective of the narcolepsy and hypersomnia education event is to provide an extensive and detailed knowledge base so that health care providers have the tools to make accurate diagnoses and informed decisions regarding treatment options.

The program will include the latest research, presented by leading experts in the field of narcolepsy and hypersomnias, as well as a panel discussion bringing together patient and practitioner perspectives related to the material presented.

Registration and coffee 8:30am – 9:00am
Welcome & introduction
Claire Crisp, Executive Director, Wake Up Narcolepsy (United Kingdom)
Diane Powell, Hypersomnia Foundation (United States)
9:00am – 9:15am
Current research in excessive sleepiness disorders
Yves Dauvilliers (France)
9:15am – 10:00am
Coffee break 10:00am – 10:15am
What sleepy mice tell us about sleepy people
Thomas Scammell (United States)
10:15am – 11:00am
Transitional care: The journey from childhood to adulthood
Brian Murray (Canada)
11:00am – 11:45am
Lunch break 11:45am – 12:30pm
Living with narcolepsy
Kelsey Biddle (United States)
12:30pm – 1:15pm
Managing depression associated with excessive sleepiness
Indra Narang (Canada)
1:15pm – 2:30pm
Non-pharmacologic strategies to manage excessive sleepiness disorders
Shelly Weiss (Canada)
2:30pm – 3:15pm
Break 3:15pm – 3:30pm
Panel discussion
Claire Crisp (United Kingdom), Thomas Scammell (United States), Yves Dauvilliers (France), Brian Murray (Canada), Kelsey Biddle (United States), Indra Narang (Canada), Shelly Weiss (Canada)
3:30pm – 4:15pm


Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this CME activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the symptoms of narcolepsy and IH and the circumstances where a specific sleep disorder test may be indicated
  • Make a differential diagnosis of narcolepsy and IH
  • Be aware of pharmacological treatment options in the management of excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Increase their understanding of the psychosocial, educational and economic impact of narcolepsy and IH
  • Understand the particular challenges of treating and caring for students, adolescents and other patients facing life transitions while managing the symptoms of narcolepsy or hypersomnia

Target Audience
Healthcare providers with early or intermediate level knowledge of narcolepsy and idiopathic hypersomnia disorders, practicing sleep specialists, pediatricians, nurses, psychologists, sleep lab technicians, sleep advocates

View the full Sunday agenda.