FENS Mini Conference

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Saturday, 11 July 2020 

SEC Centre, Exhibition Way, Glasgow, G3 8YW

BSS Symposium

We are delighted to announce this mini-conference entitled “Sleep across the Lifespan” as part of the 12th FENS Forum of Neuroscience in Glasgow on the 11th July 2020.

The importance of sleep for the development and memory and the impact of sleep quality on daytime functioning in infants and children will be covered discussed and up-to-date research will be presented. The conference will also focus on cognitive neuroscience, new sleep circuitries and memory function in adults, before concluding on the importance of sleep and aging, neurodegeneration and sleep-wake regulation in disease.

The content will be brought to you by a multi-disciplinary faculty of basic scientists and clinicians. The mini-conference is organised by the British Sleep Society (BSS) in collaboration with the European Sleep Research Society (ESRS).

Registration to attend the BSS/ ESRS mini conference is free. Please use the link below to register your attendance.

Participants of the BSS mini conference, who are not registered to the Forum, are invited to stay (at no cost) for the remaining sessions of the FENS opening day): Brain Debate, Opening Ceremony and Fred Kavli Opening Lecture.


For more details on the FENS Mini Conference, click here

The programme details provided are preliminary and the title and speakers may change slightly.


08.30-08.40h Welcome BSS Introduction to the Day
08.40-09.05h Hill/Durrant Helen Ball (Durham) Sleep in Infants
09.05-09.30h Hill/Durrant Anna Weighall (Sheffield) Sleep, memory, language learning and cognitive development in children
09.30-10.00h Hill/Durrant Don Urquhart (Edinburgh) Sleep quality and prevalence of sleep-disordered breathing in children and young people with epilepsy
10.00-10.30h Hill/Durrant Stephany Biello (Glasgow) Association of disrupted circadian rhythmicity with mood disorders, subjective wellbeing, and cognitive function
Coffee Break
11.00-10.30h Dijk/Luppi Simon Durrant (Lincoln) Cognitive Neuroscience of Sleep
10.30-11.00h Dijk/Luppi William Wisden (Imperial) New Sleep Circuitries
11.00-11.30h Dijk/Luppi Pierre-Herve Luppi (Lyon) Sleep and Cognition
11.30-12.00h Dijk/Luppi Lisa Genzel (Glasgow) Sleep and Consolidation of Memory
Lunch Break
12.45-13.15h Steier/Winsky Sommerer Raphaelle Winsky-Sommerer (Surrey) REM sleep in the context of stress and neurodegeneration
13.15-13.45h Steier/Winsky Sommerer Derk-Jan Dijk (Surrey) Sleep in ageing and dementia
13.45-14.15h Steier/Winsky Sommerer Alpar Lazar (East Anglia) Sleep-wake regulation and cognition in Alzheimer’s disease
14.15-14.45h Steier/Winsky Sommerer Renata Riha (Edinburgh) Sleep and cognitive aging in the eighth decade of life
14.45-15.00h Close BSS Take-Home Message