1st National Training Course on Sleep Medicine

November 22 & 23, 2019

This two-day training course is designed to provide a basic working knowledge of sleep medicine for general neurologists. The training course is for R4 and R5 residents in Canadian neurology training programs.

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.

The course will consist of three parts:

  1. basics of sleep physiology and the diagnostic work-up of sleep disorders in general with emphasis on polysomnography
  2. practically oriented lectures provided by neurologists with specialization in sleep medicine on the most important groups of sleep disorders following the ICSD-3 classification:
    • central hypersomnias including narcolepsy,
    • sleep-related movement disorders such as restless legs syndrome and periodic limb movement disorders
    • insomnia in neurological patients
    • NREM and REM parasomnias such as disorders of arousals and REM sleep behavior disorder
    • sleep-related epilepsy syndromes of adulthood such as sleep-related hypermotor epilepsy.
  3. hands-on training in small groups on case interpretations of polysomnography

Following this course, the participants should be able to

  • diagnose the most relevant neurological sleep disorders,
  • correctly navigate the diagnostic work-up,
  • have basic knowledge on the interpretation of polysomnography, and
  • correctly manage the most common sleep disorders.

Registration is available here. To note, spots in the course will be given on a first come first served basis and are restricted to a maximum of 40 participants.


Registration is available here. To note, spots in the course will be given on a first come first served basis and are restricted to a maximum of 40 participants.

Program - Day 1

November 22, 2019
5:00 PM Registration
5:30 PM Opening remarks by Birgit Frauscher, MD, The Neuro
5:35 PM Basics of sleep physiology
Marcus Ng, MD, University of Manitoba
6:10 PM Basics on the methods of investigation for sleep disorders
Garima Shukla, MD, Queen’s University

Program - Day 2

November 23, 2019
9:00 AM Narcolepsy & other central disorders of hypersomnolence
Brian Murray, MD, University of Toronto
9:45 AM Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders & overview for neurologists
Lysa Lomax, MD, Queen’s University
10:30 AM Refreshment pause
10:45 AM Sleep-Related Movement Disorders: diagnosis & treatment
Alex Desautels, MD, PhD, Université de Montréal
11:30 AM Insomnia - diagnosis, management, and special considerations in neurological patients
Thanh Dang-Vu, Concordia University
12:15 PM Lunch
1:15 PM NREM parasomnias
Steve Gibbs, MD, PhD, Université de Montréal
1:45 PM REM sleep behavior disorder and risk of neurodegenerative disease
Ron Postuma, MD, The Neuro
2:15 PM Sleep-related epilepsy syndromes
Birgit Frauscher, MD, The Neuro
2:45 PM Refreshment pause
3:00 - 5:00 PM Hands-on small group sessions on case interpretation of polysomnography (all faculty)
5:00 PM Closing


Thanh Dang-Vu – Concordia University
Alex Desautels – Universite de Montreal
Birgit Frauscher – The Neuro, McGill University
Steve Gibbs – Universite de Montreal
Lysa Lomax – Queen's University
Brian Murray – University of Toronto
Marcus Ng – University of Manitoba
Ron Postuma – The Neuro, McGill University
Garim Shukla - Queen's University



Scientific Committee

Birgit Frauscher (chair)
Steve Gibbs
Marcus Ng

Conference Facility Directions

Building directions to the de Grandpré Communications Centre:

  • When entering the main MNI lobby turn left and go to the end of the hallway.
  • Turn right and pass the first set of elevators on your right.
  • Go to the second set of elevators that are near the Neurosurgery offices on your right.
  • Take the elevators down to 2B which is the Brain Imaging Centre..
  • When exiting the elevators go right then right again past the reception desk.
  • Go through a set of doors and go down the hall through the second set of doors.
  • You are now entering the Molson Pavilion. Go down the hall and pass through the third set of doors. You are now entering the Brain Tumour Research Centre.
  • There are a set of elevators on your left near the third set of doors.
  • Take the elevators down to 3B which is the bottom floor.
  • The de Grandpré Communications Centre is on the right side of the elevators when you exit.


McGill University has agreements for special rates with several other downtown hotels.

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Debbie Rashcovsky
Events Officer

Director's Office
Montreal Neurological Institute & Hospital
3801 University Street, Suite 684
Montreal, Quebec H3A 2B4

Tel: 514-398-6047
Cell: 514-971-6047
Email:debbie.rashcovsky [at] mcgill.ca 

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