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4th National Training Course on Sleep Medicine

Thursday, November 16, 2023 09:00toFriday, November 17, 2023 16:00
Montreal Neurological Institute de Grandpre Communications Centre, 3801 rue University, Montreal, QC, H3A 2B4, CA


This two-day training course is designed to provide and enhance a basic working knowledge of sleep medicine. It is designed for neurology residents and fellows from across Canada as well as general practitioners, community neurologists, specialists including psychiatry who are interested in a  further enhancing their understanding of the current principles and practices in dealing with patients with sleep disorders. This comprehensive course may serve to fulfill part of the preparation requirements for trainees seeking to complete the Royal College Examinations in Neurology. The program will include examination scenarios for trainees wishing to gain experience in examination situations. It will also include ample opportunity and time for networking and one on one with experts in the field of Sleep Medicine.

Many patients presenting to neurology either have primary sleep disorders or suffer from sleep comorbidity. Knowledge on the diagnosis, differential diagnostic considerations, and management of these disorders is therefore mandatory for the general neurologist.

To register $100 for Residents, $250 for Neurologists, Specialists, GP's.

Program Booklet 

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Thursday, November 16, 2023

8:15 Registration and Continental Breakfast

Opening Remarks

Ron Postuma, Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital (The Neuro)

Chair: Milan Nigam, Université de Montréal

Session 1: The Basics

Sponsored by Eisai Canada


Basics of Sleep Physiology

Marcus Ng, MD, University of Manitoba


Basics on the Methods of Investigation for Sleep Disorders

Mark Boulos, MD, University of Toronto

10:15 Refreshment Pause

Circadian Rhythm: Physiology & Pathology

Garima Shukla, MD, Queen's University

11:10 Panel Discussion

Transition and Stretch


Chair: Shelly Weiss, MD, University of Toronto

Session 2: Children & Sleep

Sleep Disorders in Children (via Zoom)

Evelyn Constantin, MD, McGill University


Evaluation and Treatment of Pediatric Insomnia

Shelly Weiss, MD, University of Toronto

12:45 Panel Discussion
13:05 - 14:20

Lunch sponsored by Paladin Labs Inc.


Session 3: Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders

Diagnosis & Management of Obstructive Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders

John Kimoff, MD, McGill University

14:55 Q & A

Refreshment Pause


Chair: Milan Nigam, Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal, Université de Montréal

Session 4: Movement Disorders and NREM Parasomnias

Restless leg syndrome and Sleep Related Movement Disorders

Milan Nigam, MD

Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal, Université de Montréal


NREM Parasomnias & Differential Diagnostic Considerations

Ron Postuma, MD, Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital (The Neuro), McGill University

16:45 Panel Discussion

Summary & Closing Remarks

Mark Boulos, MD, University of Toronto


Evening program – Sponsored by Eisai Canada

(Osteria MKT, 1333 Blvd Robert-Bourassa, Montréal, QC H3A 1T9)

Cocktail – Speed-dating – Dinner

Friday, November 17, 2023

8:15 Registration and breakfast

Breakfast à la Montréalaise


Welcome and overview – Day 2

Marcus Ng, University of Manitoba


Chair: Thanh Dang-Vu, Concordia University

Session 5: Insomnia

Insomnia Disorder: Evaluation and Management

Thanh Dang-Vu, MD, PhD


Cognitive Consequences of Primary Sleep Disorders

Véronique Latreille, PhD


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I): Hands-on session

Véronique Latreille, PhD

Refreshment Pause


Chair: Ron Postuma, Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital (The Neuro), McGill University

Session 6: REM sleep parasomnias and Central Disorders of Hypersomnolence

Sponsored by Jazz Pharmaceuticals

REM Sleep Behavior Disorder and Risk of Neurodegenerative Disease

Ron Postuma, MD, Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital (The Neuro), McGill University


Narcolepsy & Other Central Disorders of Hypersomnolence

Brian Murray, MD, University of Toronto


Sleep-disordered Breathing in Neuromuscular Disease

Mike Fitzpatrick, MD, Queen’s University

12:10 Panel Discussion
12:30  Lunch sponsored by Paladin Labs Inc.

Hand-on Sessions

Patient Case Presentations

(Milan Nigam, Marcus Ng, Garima Shukla)

14:55 Refreshment pause

Tips and Tricks on How to Land a Sleep-Focused Fellowship

Laurel Charlesworth, MD, University of Ottawa


How and why to choose a career in sleep neurology? Experience report.

Laurel Charlesworth, MD, University of Ottawa


Closing Remarks - Participation Prize draw

Marcus Ng, University of Manitoba

Travel Awards

Travel awards for Neurology Residents are available on a first come, first served basis (stipends shall be calculated for 30 external students), to provide some financial assistance to those traveling from within Canada and who have registered to attend the National Training Course on Sleep Medicine. Applications must be submitted by September 28, 2023 via the travel award submission form . Only registered applicants will be considered. You will be notified of the status of your application by October 10, 2023.

Organizing Committee

Birgit Frauscher

Marcus Ng

Ron Postuma

Debbie Rashcovsky


The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital is at 3801 University Street, north of Pine Avenue West, on the McGill University campus opposite the former Royal Victoria Hospital.

Montreal is served by highway Routes 10, 15, 20 and 40, and by Greyhound Bus, ViaRail and the P-E-Trudeau airport. In the city, bus and metro service is provided by the Société de transport de Montréal (STM).

Wheelchair access

A wheelchair accessible entrance is on University Street north of the main entrance. Another wheelchair accessible entrance is in the loading area behind the building: to enter the loading area, turn into the driveway south of the main entrance. Please note, there is no parking in the loading area.


Parking near the MNI is sometimes difficult. There are parking meters on University Street and a parking lot north of the main entrance. To enter the lot, turn right into the driveway toward Molson Stadium.

Information about parking fees

Taxi Stand

There is a taxi stand on University Street across from the main entrance. You may call a cab from the free taxi phone in the main lobby near the Security Desk.

Access by Public Transportation (STM website)


There are four bus stops within walking distance:

  • Bus 144 stops at Pine Avenue and University Street
  • Bus 356 stops at Sherbrooke Street and University Street (Nightbus)
  • Bus 107 stops at Pine Avenue and Docteur Penfield
  • Bus 24 stops at Sherbrooke Street and University Street


Take the Metro Green Line to the McGill station. Walk north on University Street and cross Pine Avenue. The main entrance is on the right, past the flags.

De Grandpre Communications Centre

  • Enter main lobby turn left and go down the hallway to the end.
  • Turn right and go down the second hallway until you get to the elevators
  • Take elevator to 2B
  • Turn right and follow the signs to the de Grandpre Communications Centre


McGill University has an agreement for special rates with several downtown hotels.

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The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital) is a bilingual academic healthcare institution. We are a McGill research and teaching institute; delivering high-quality patient care, as part of the Neuroscience Mission of the McGill University Health Centre. We are proud to be a Killam Institution, supported by the Killam Trusts.



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