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Sleep Medicine is the Focus of a Scientific Forum with the Participation of National and Foreign Specialists

200 specialists from Bulgaria and abroad have arrived in Varna for the Autumn Scientific Meeting of the Bulgarian Respiratory Society. Guest lecturers at the forum are leading authorities in this field - Claudio Bassetti, Sebastian Ott and Matthias Gugger from Switzerland.


The traditional Autumn Scientific Meeting of the Bulgarian Respiratory Society (BRS) started its activities today, at International Hotel, Golden Sands, near Varna. 200 medical specialists from our country and abroad are taking part at the event. Last night they were welcomed with a spectacle of the troupe of State Puppet Theatre - Varna, entitled Some Peculiarities of the Puppet Theatre.

The focus of this year's event is Sleep Medicine and Non-invasive Ventilation. Today the scientific programme was opened by the Chairperson of BRS Assoc. Prof. Dr. Diana Petkova, PhD, from MU-Varna and St. Marina University Hospital - Varna, who welcomed the participants and introduced the topic of the event through examples depicting scientists' and artists' perception of the role of sleep over the centuries. 

First, the floor was given to Prof. Claudio Bassetti, Switzerland - one of greatest names in the field of Sleep Medicine, initiator, founder and Chairman of the European Sleep Research Society. The forum will go on with lectures, delivered by the Deputy Director of Inselspital - Bern, Switzerland, Prof. Matthias Gugger, Prof. Nicola Scichilone - Chairman of the Italian Respiratory Society, Dr. Sebastian Ott, Dr. Anne Kathrin Brill and Daniel Wyss from Switzerland, Adam Hawkin from the UK and some of the leading specialists in our country.

Furthermore, within the Autumn Scientific Meeting a practical training module is to be held with the participation of companies - world leaders in the field of non-invasive ventilation equipment.

 ​​Sleep disordered breathing belongs to a group of diseases which are characterized with breathing difficulties at night time. Obstructive sleep apnea is one of the most common diseases of this type. The latest data show that 10% of the population suffers from this disease. A pioneer in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea is St. Marina University Hospital in Varna, where, in cooperation with the Cantonal Hospital St. Gallen, Switzerland and the Pulmonary League St. Gallen, Switzerland, an interdisciplinary Sleep Medicine Centre was established 14 years ago. Even today our Swiss partners support this new for our country medical direction and ensure the treatment of patients, which is not reimbursed by the National Health Insurance Fund.

The scientific forum continues tomorrow.

 The complete Autumn Scientific Meeting Programme  can be found on the website of BRS