North Carolina Academy of Sleep Medicine Annual Conference

Oct. 7th, 2017

The Friday Center, Chapel Hill, NC

Conference Learning Objectives:

  • Define updates in diagnosis and management of sleep interest areas, such as mandibular advancement devices, diagnosis and management of narcolepsy, sleep in women, developmental changes in the biological regulation of adolescent sleep, and targeting brain network dynamics of sleep
  • Develop a plan for differential diagnosis for sleep-related complaints and a plan for making a definitive diagnosis
  • Gain an expertise new guidelines in scoring and interpreting sleep studies, including polysomnograms, CPAP/BiPAP/autoSV titrations, MSLTs, MWTs, etc., and new American Academy of Sleep Medicine clinical practice guidelines to improve patient care


7:00am-8:00am - Registration and continental breakfast

7:30am-8:00am - Business meeting and award ceremony

8:00am-9:00am - Adjustment (titration) of oral appliances in the sleep lab
Jamison R. Spencer, DMD, MS, Director of Dental Sleep Medicine, Lane & Associates Family Dentistry, Raleigh-Durham, NC

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand why oral appliance therapy is often less effective than it could be.
  • Recognize that physicians, dentists and the sleep lab working together can improve treatment outcomes.
  • Understand when oral appliance therapy may help a patient better tolerate PAP therapy.

9:00am-10:00am - Developmental Changes in the Biological Regulation of Adolescent Sleep
Mary Carskadon, PhD, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

Learning Objectives:

  • Review features of the 2-process model of sleep regulation
  • Examine how the processes change during adolescent development
  • Understand how these changes affect adolescent sleep patterns

10am break

10:30am-11:30am - Updates in Diagnosis and Management of Narcolepsy
Kiran Maski, MD, MPH, Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the broad clinical features of narcolepsy important for diagnosis and management.
  • Provide updates in the current understanding of the pathophysiology of narcolepsy.
  • Review novel diagnostic biomarkers for narcolepsy
  • Discuss current treatments for narcolepsy and new treatments on the horizon

11:30-12:30 lunch

12:30pm-1:30pm - Targeting Brain Network Dynamics (of Sleep)
Flavio Frohlic, PhD, UNC Neuroscience

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the terminology and fundamental concepts of network neuroscience
  • Understand how transcranial current stimulation can modulate brain activity patterns
  • Learn about functional roles of sleep spindles

Break-out Session
12:30pm-1:30pm - Central Sleep Apnea
Mary Mondul, RPSGT, Danville Virginia

1:30pm-2:30pm - Sleep in Women
Nicole Mims, MD, Carolinas Healthcare, Charlotte, NC

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding sleep disorders in women during: premenopause, pregnancy, and postmenopause
  • Treatment of sleep disorders in women

Break-out Session
1:30pm-2:30pm - Oral appliance workshop
Greg Essick, DDS, UNC School of Dentistry, Chapel Hill

Learning Objectives:

  • Demonstrate how to adjust commonly prescribed masks and mandibular advancement devices
  • Describe the different mechanisms by which commercially available oral appliances position the jaw forward
  • Describe how the sleep technologist works with physicians and dentists to eliminate residual sleep-disordered breathing during the follow-up sleep study

2:30pm break

3:00pm-4:00pm – Current AASM initiatives, highlighting the Scoring Manual and new/in-progress clinical practice guidelines
Thomas Heffron, AASM Director of Communications

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the updates that appear in the AASM Manual for the Scoring of Sleep and Associated Events, Version 2.4
  • Become familiar with recently published AASM clinical practice guidelines, position papers and position statements
  • Identify key issues being addressed by the AASM to ensure the vitality of the field of sleep medicine

Break-out Session
3:00pm-4:00pm - Sleep Disorders in Patients with Down Syndrome (DS)
Jane Fan, MD, UNC School of Medicine, Chapel Hill

Learning Objectives:

  • Become familiar with genetics and clinical presentation of DS
  • Recognize common sleep disorders seen in patients with DS
  • Understand the comprehensive management strategies in treating sleep disorders in patients with DS

4:00pm-5:00pm – Update on therapies in sleep
Brad Vaughn, MD, UNC School of Medicine, Chapel Hill

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the new therapies and guidelines for insomnia
  • Discuss the guidelines for Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) treatment
  • Review the therapies for hypersomnia

5:00pm-7:00pm - Adjourn with Reception in Atrium