2017 CSS Conference
Saturday Dental Program
Saturday April 29, 2017
6:30 am - 7:45 amBreakfast Symposium - Insomnia : Natural history, Burden and Treatment
Speaker: Charles M. Morin PhD, Canada Research Chair in Behavioural Sleep Medicine, Université Laval

Chronic insomnia is a prevalent health complaint and the most prevalent of all sleep disorders. This lecture will summarize the evidence about the natural history of insomnia, its burden for the individual, employers, and society at large, and it outline the benefits and limitations of the main therapeutic options.

Vendor presentation (no CE). Breakfast included.   Limited space.  Registration required.
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7:00 am - 7:00 pmRegistration Open
7:30 am - 8:00 amPoster Installation
8:00 am - 8:30 amOpening Ceremonies and Awards
8:30 am - 9:30 amKeynote 1 - Neural and Chemical Systems Mediating Sleep-Wake States and their Homeostatic Regulation
Professor Barbara E. Jones PhD, FRSC, Professor Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, McGill University, Montreal Neurological Institute
Different neural cell groups containing different neurotransmitters and projecting to different targets discharge in association with the three sleep-wake states and their polygraphic parameters. Determining the discharge profiles of such cell groups across the sleep-waking cycle reveals the way in which they can generate or modulate particular states or their principal features. Accordingly, noradrenergic locus coeruleus neurons were first found to discharge during waking in association with behavioral arousal and to cease firing during sleep, thus playing a role in promoting waking and behavioral arousal with postural muscle tone. Other neurotransmitter containing cell groups, notably the cholinergic neurons, have only recently been recorded using the juxtacellular technique, which permitted their identification, and thereby shown to discharge in association with EEG gamma and theta activity during active waking but also during paradoxical sleep with muscle atonia. These neuromodulators influence GABAergic and glutamatergic neurons which form the effector neurons through the brain and play different roles depending upon their specific receptors. The neuropeptides, orexin and MCH, also influence the effector systems in a reciprocal manner to promote arousal and sleep, respectively. These neuromodulatory and effector neurons are regulated in a homeostatic manner, which in turn underlies the homeostatic regulation of sleep-wake states.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review the major chemical neurotransmitter and neuromodulatory systems in the brain that regulate sleep-wake states.
  2. Review the discharge profiles and interactions of these systems which generate the sleep-waking cycle.
  3. Review the way in which these neural systems are homeostatically regulated such that sleep and waking are so regulated in turn.  


9:30 am - 10:30 amKeynote 2 - Childhood Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome: What We Know and What We Don't Know in 2017
Carole L. Marcus M.B.B.Ch., Distinguished Endowed Chair in Pediatrics Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania, Director, Sleep Center, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
The childhood obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) is common, but much remains unknown about its pathophysiology, management, natural history and sequelae. This presentation will discuss evidence-based, state of the art knowledge on childhood OSAS, with emphasis on areas needing further research.

Learning Objectives
  1. To review the epidemiology and pathophysiology of childhood OSAS
  2. To evaluate management and sequelae of childhood OSAS
  3. To discuss areas requiring future research. 
10:30 am - 11:00 amHealth Break & Exhibits Open

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11:00 am - 12:00 pmOrthodontics and Pediatric OSA
Rose D. Sheats DMD, MPH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Retired)
This session will discuss orthodontic considerations in the management of pediatric sleep disordered breathing, including the controversial role of premolar extractions as a risk factor in the development of sleep disordered breathing. 

Learning objectives: 
  1. Describe impact of CPAP on growth & development
  2. Explain limitations of rapid maxillary expansion to manage pediatric sleep disordered breathing
  3. Evaluate appropriateness and risks of mandibular advancement devices to manage pediatric sleep disordered breathing
12:00 pm - 1:00 pmTraining the Tongue and Treating OSA
Speaker: Jean-Francois Masse DMD M.Sc., Invited Professor, Faculty of Dentistry, Laval University
Myofunctional Therapy - Review of the Literature and Recent Research
1:00 pm - 2:30 pmLunch and Dental Group Business Meeting
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2:30 pm - 4:00 pmForum - Dental Sleep Medicine Research in Canada
4:00 pm - 4:30 pmHealth Break & Exhibits Open
4:30 pm - 5:30 pmKeynote 3 - Developing Precision Sleep/Circadian Medicine
Allan I. Pack M.B.Ch.B., Ph.D., FRCP, John Miclot Professor of Medicine. Director, Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology, Chief, Division of Sleep Medicine Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

One of the major goals of many areas of medicine is to develop a more personalized approach to diagnosis and treatment of disease.  The fundamental concept is that individuals differ in terms of genetic/epigenetic influences that drive different presentations of disease, and different consequences.  In the United States, major precision medicine initiatives have been started to address this concept.  It seems that sleep/circadian disorders are ideally suited to this new approach.  This will be illustrated by new approaches to one key sleep disorder—obstructive sleep apnea.


  1. To explain the concepts of personalized/precision medicine and P4 medicine.
  2. To illustrate the approaches being used to advance this in the United States.
  3. To illustrate how to apply these concepts using obstructive sleep apnea as an example.

5:30 pm - 7:00 pmPoster Reception
Poster Presentations, Wine & Cheese and Exhibits Open

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7:30 pm - 10:30 pmRound ‘em Up Gala Reception at the Calgary Petroleum Club - Optional social Event
Join us for a special social event 

Round 'em Up Gala 

at the Calgary Petroleum Club

The Petroleum Club is Calgary's premier business club located in the heart of downtown Calgary and just a short walk from the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Rooted in history since 1948, this private club will open its door for conference attendees on Saturday night.  

Amazing food and entertainment is being planned for your enjoyment.  Check this space in the new year for further details!  

Tickets cost $60 for conference attendees and their guests.  $30 for students.
Tickets will be on sale at the time of registration.