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5th National Course on Sleep Medicine

Friday, November 22, 2024 09:00toSaturday, November 23, 2024 16:00
Montreal Neurological Institute de Grandpré 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,  and specialists who are interested in 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 opportunities and time for networking, and one-on-one sessions with experts in the field of sleep medicine.

Registration Required

$100 for residents
$250 for neurologists, specialists, GPs, psychiatrists, & other professionals

Programme Booklet 

Download Programme Booklet


Friday, November 22, 2024

8:15 Registration and Breakfast

Opening Remarks

Marcus Ng, MD, University of Manitoba


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

Session 1: The Basics


Basics of Sleep Physiology

Marcus Ng, MD, University of Manitoba


Circadian Rhythm: Physiology & Pathology

Milan Nigam, MD, Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal, Université de Montréal

10:15 Panel Discussion
10:30 Refreshment Pause

Chair: Thanh Dang-Vu, MD, PhD, Concordia University 

Session 2: Insomnia 


Insomnia Disorder: Evaluation, Diagnosis and CBT-I   

Charles Morin, PhD, Laval University 


Insomnia: Pharmacotherapy and Impacts on Cognition 

Thanh Dang-Vu, MD, PhD, Concordia University 

12:00 Panel Discussion



Chair: Mike Fitzpatrick, MD, Queen’s University 

Session 3: Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders 


Diagnosis & Management of Obstructive Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders

John Kimoff, MD, McGill University


Sleep-Disordered Breathing in Neuromuscular Disease

Mike Fitzpatrick, MD, Queen's University


Sleep & Stroke

Mark Boulos, MD, University of Toronto

14:45 Panel Discussion

Refreshment Pause


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


How and Why to Choose a Career in Sleep Neurology? Experience Report.

Laurel Charlesworth, MD, University of Ottawa


Closing Remarks

Marcus Ng, MD, University of Manitoba


Cocktail and Networking

Saturday, November 23, 2024

8:15 Registration and Breakfast

Welcome and Overview – Day 2

Milan Nigam, MD, Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal, Université de Montréal


Chair: Shelly Weiss, MD, University of Toronto 

Session 4: Children & Sleep 


Sleep Disorders in Children

Kevan Mehta, MD, McMaster University


Evaluation and Treatment of Pediatric Insomnia 

Shelly Weiss, MD, University of Toronto 

10:05 Panel Discussion

Refreshment Pause


Chair: Brian Murray, MD, University of Toronto

Session 5: Parasomnias and Central Disorders of Hypersomnolence


REM Sleep Behavior Disorder and Risk of Neurodegenerative Disease

Ron Postuma, MD, The Neuro, McGill University


NREM Parasomnias

Steve Gibbs, MD, Université de Montréal


Sleep and Epilepsy

Marcus Ng, MD, University of Manitoba


Narcolepsy & Other Central Disorders of Hypersomnolence

Brian Murray, MD, University of Toronto

12:35 Panel Discussion
13:00 Lunch

Chair: Garima Shukla, MD, Queen’s University 

Session 6: Sleep-Related Movement Disorders  


Restless Leg Syndrome and Sleep-Related Movement Disorders

Garima Shukla, MD, Queen’s University


Wearables, a Frontier Technology in Sleep Medicine

Richard Liu, MD, MSc, Queen's University


Panel Discussion


Hands-on Sessions


Patient Case Presentations


Closing Remarks - Participation Prize Draw

Milan Nigam, MD, Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal, Université de Montréal

Travel Awards

Travel awards for neurology residents are available on a first come, first served basis to provide financial assistance to those traveling from within Canada and who have registered to attend the National Course on Sleep Medicine.

  • Applications must be submitted by August 16, 2024 via the travel award submission form.
  • Only registered applicants will be considered. You will be notified of the status of your application by August 30, 2024.

Organizing Committee

Paula Adler

Michelle Gyenes

Milan Nigam

Marcus Ng

Garima Shukla

Debbie Rashcovsky, Chair


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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