BSS Executive Committee

The Executive Board of the British Sleep Society

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Dr Joerg Steier

Dr Joerg Steier

BSS President

Dr Steier`s medical education started as a paramedic in 1993 in Duesseldorf, Germany. He studied Human Medicine in Leipzig, Germany and worked in Zurich, the UAB in Alabama and Bavaria before starting with his respiratory training at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. His research interest in respiratory physiology and sleep-disordered breathing brought him to London supported by a long-term research fellowship of the European Respiratory Society (ERS). He has published multiple book chapters and articles on sleep-disordered breathing and the respiratory muscle physiology in international peer-reviewed and high-impact factor journals. His PhD thesis was supervised by Professor John Moxham and Professor Michael I Polkey at King`s College Hospital and the Royal Brompton Hospital. Dr Steier is Consultant Physician in the Lane Fox Respiratory Unit and the accredited Sleep Disorders Centre at Guy`s & St Thomas` NHS Foundation Trust. He is Reader in Respiratory and Sleep Medicine at King`s College London and a member of the Association of ERS Fellows. Dr Steier is medical advisor for a Charity for Sleep Apnoea (Hope2Sleep) and member of the editorial board of the Journal of Thoracic Disease, he is elected member of the specialist advisory group "Sleep Apnoea" of the British Thoracic Society. His current research is focused on novel treatment options for sleep apnoea and patient based biomarkers of respiratory symptoms. Besides his scientific publications he has edited a text book about lung function. He supports research in public health in collaboration with the British Lung Foundation.

Tim Quinnell 2018

Dr Tim Quinnell

Immediate Past President

Tim Quinnell is a consultant physician based at the Respiratory Support and Sleep Centre, Papworth Hospital, Cambridge, where he is lead clinician for one of the UK’s 2 accredited sleep laboratories.

He has undergone extensive training in sleep medicine in the UK and Australia, and is an accredited sleep physician. He specialises in both respiratory and non-respiratory sleep disorders, alongside domiciliary noninvasive ventilation (NIV) and weaning from invasive ventilation. The unit in which he works has around 1,000 patients maintained on domiciliary NIV and over 10,000 patients on CPAP. His MD thesis examined genetic and electrophysiological aspects of narcolepsy. He was Chief Investigator for the recently completed NIHR Trial of Mandibular Advancement Devices in Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (TOMADO). Other research interests include REM sleep behaviour disorder and cardiac arrhythmias in OSA. He is an enthusiastic teacher of sleep medicine to medical undergraduates, postgraduates and anyone else who will listen!

Dr Alanna Hare


Dr Stephen Emegbo

BSS Representative for RCCP

Dr Lizzie Hill

Education Sub-committee Chair

Dr Jason Ellis

Research Sub-committee Chair

Dr Anna Weighall

Communications Sub-committee Chair

Rachel Pickersgill

'The Hoot' Editor

Dr Alison McMillan

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