2017 CSS Conference

Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to have an exciting lineup of world class experts that will present at the conference.
Isabelle Arnulf MD, PhD
Professor of Neurology
Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris, France

Isabelle Arnulf is a professor of neurology at the Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris and head of the sleep disorders clinic at Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital, Paris. Her research program is focused on neurological sleep disorders, mainly abnormal behavior during sleep (sleepwalking, REM sleep behavior disorders), sleep in Parkinson's disease and central hypersomnias.

Professor Barbara E. Jones PhD, FRSC
Professor Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery
McGill University, Montreal Neurological Institute

2017 Distinguished Scientist 

Dr. Jones seeks to understand how the brain generates states of waking and sleep.  She focuses on the neuroanatomical organization, chemical neurotransmitters and physiology of the specific neural circuits in the brainstem, hypothalamus and basal forebrain, which stimulate and maintain a waking state, as well as those which reciprocally arrest waking and promote sleep.  To study these neural systems, her laboratory employs in vivoneurophysiological recording in naturally waking/sleeping rodents, combined with neuroanatomical and histochemical techniques.  One major facet of her research program has been investigating the way in which cholinergic neurons in the brainstem and basal forebrain stimulate cortical activation with theta and gamma EEG activity during waking and paradoxical sleep.  Her group has studied cholinergic along with other neuromodulatory systems, including noradrenergic, orexinergic and MCH neurons, and how they can modulate the functionally diverse glutamatergic and GABAergic neurons, which work in balance as the effector neurons for cortical activity and behavioral states.  Most recently, her group has examined how these systems are regulated in a homeostatic manner to similarly regulate sleep and waking.

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.

Carole L. Marcus, MBBCh, is the director of the Sleep Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she holds the Distinguished Endowed Chair in Pediatrics; and is a professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania. After graduating medical school at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, she completed a residency/chief residency at State University of New York Brooklyn and a fellowship in pediatric pulmonology at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. 

Dr. Marcus is a deputy editor for the journal SLEEP and has served on the board of directors of the Sleep Research Society, as chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Subcommittee on Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome, and on many American Thoracic Society committees. Her research interests are focused on the pathophysiology and management of pediatric obstructive sleep apnea; in particular, the developmental determinants of upper airway collapsibility, and the surgical and continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy management of childhood obstructive sleep apnea. She is a recipient of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine William C. Dement Academic Achievement Award.

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

Research Expertise: A major focus of Dr. Pack’s current research is developing a personalized, precision medicine approach to sleep disorders, in particular obstructive sleep apnea. This involves developing biomarkers and elucidating gene variants conferring risk or protection. A particular issue in obstructive sleep apnea is that many patients with this disorder do not develop sleepiness. Determining molecular/genetic reasons for this is an area of focus. Dr. Pack has a major commitment to research training and currently directs a number of research training programs for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Clinical Expertise: Dr. Pack’s clinical expertise is in sleep disorders with a particular focus on diagnosis and management of obstructive sleep apnea. He is internationally recognized for his expertise in this area and has been listed in the Best Doctor’s in the United States and in the Philadelphia region (Philadelphia Magazine).

Prof. Dieter Riemann Ph.D., Dipl. Psych
Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychophysiology, Centre for Mental Disorders
Freiburg University Medical Centre, Germany

Dieter Riemann obtained a Ph.D. in Psychology in 1988 and is a full Professor of Clinical Psychophysiology at the Centre for Mental Disorders of Freiburg University Medical Center/ Germany since 1993.

Since 2013, he heads his own Department at Freiburg University. From 2006 - 2008 he held an appointment as Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical School/NY. From 2007-2013 he was a member of the APA´s work group sleep disorders for DSM 5. Since 2008 he is the treasurer of the European Sleep Research Societies. In 2009 he founded the European Insomnia Network (EIN). Since 2015 he is a Visiting Professor at Oxford University (Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences). He held several functions within the German sleep society and presently heads the steering committee for the clinical guideline on insomnia.

Prof. Reimann is a certified somnologist (German/ European Level) and is an accredited cognitive-behavioral therapist and supervisor for psychotherapy. He has been active in sleep medicine and sleep research for more than three decades and has published more than 350 peer-reviewed articles and given numerous presentations at national and international meetings. His present work focuses mainly on different aspects of insomnia including diagnostics, epidemiology, therapeutics and neurobiology.

Magdy Younes MD, FRCPC, PhD
Distinguished Professor Emeritus 
University of Manitoba

Dr. Younes is a world-renowned respiratory specialist and innovator. He is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada as well as a Senior Scholar in its Faculty of Medicine. He is also a research professor at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Medicine. 

Dr. Younes received his MD from the University of Alexandria in Egypt and went on to train in internal medicine and Respirology at McGill University in Montreal, where he also obtained a PhD specializing in pulmonary physiology. He established the sleep laboratory at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg in 1991 and was its director until he retired from active practice. 

Dr. Younes has done extensive research in the areas of Respirology and respiratory physiology including topics such as reflex control of breathing, control of breathing during exercise, the pathogenesis of respiratory failure, and sleep apnea. His research has resulted in 136 original peer-reviewed papers and 22 book chapters and reviews. His work, specifically on sleep apnea, has appeared in 19 influential peer-reviewed publications on the pathogenesis of the disorder. Dr. Younes was recently invited to write the chapter on sleep apnea in the authoritative Comprehensive Physiology (formerly the Handbook of Physiology), published by the American Physiological Society. A medical innovator from the beginning of his career, the development of the automatic sleep scoring system (Michele) is the latest in a series of inventions by Dr. Younes. These include proportional assist ventilation (PAV), mechanical ventilator design, and several methods for non-invasive determination of respiratory mechanics and monitoring of respiratory muscle pressure output in patients on mechanical ventilation. His inventions in the area of mechanical ventilation have been incorporated in several commercial ventilators used throughout the world.