Delegate: Miguel Meira e Cruz
Affiliations: Portuguese Association of Chronobiology and Sleep Medicine; Sleep Unit of Cardiovascular Center, University of Lisbon, School of Medicine
Short Bio: Miguel Meira e Cruz is European Expert in Sleep Medicine with a scientific background on Clinical Chronobiology and Sleep Medicine. He serves as Head of the Sleep Unit of the Cardiovascular Center of University of Lisbon, School of Medicine with a major focus on impact of circadian misalignement and disturbed sleep in cardiometabolic function as well as sleep and pain interaction. Dr. Meira e Cruz also lead an International Course on Clinical Chronobiology and Sleep Medicine in Lisbon University Incubator and is the actual director of the European Sleep Center, in Lisbon.
Activity: Dr. Meira e Cruz and his team either within the Portuguese Association of Chronobiology and Sleep Medicine, the Cardiovascular Center of University of Lisbon , School of Medicine and the European Sleep Center, will develop several scientific and pedagogic activities to celebrate World Sleep Day 2019:
- Keep on time in life with the end of DST: promotion of the international consensus about the impact of daylight saving time, its impact on health and well-being
- 9th March “Sleep in the Zoo: a) Conference and book presentation (“The damaged clock”*) in Lisbon Zoo Auditorium – “What animals can teach us about the way we sleep” – In this conference, Dr. Meira e Cruz will revisit developmental issues of sleep and using animal models to compare, will reveal ontogenic and philogenic aspects of human sleep; b) Dolphins Bay – “The challenges of sleeping in the water” – in this small event directed to families and children, Dr. Meira e Cruz together with a Maritime biologist and veterinary will speak about some developmental issues allowing fishes and maritime mammals to sleep while swim using dolphins and seals as models;
- 14th March “Forever Young: do it with sleep!” Conference and book presentation (“The damaged clock”*) by Dr. Eduard Estivill, Dr. Meira e Cruz and the teacher Henrique Santos in Lisbon School of Medicine. Participation of Social Media;
- 15th and 16th March 2nd Congress of the Portuguese Association of Chronobiology and Sleep Medicine on “Sleep, development and Learning” in Santo Tirso, with the first day directed to primary care medicine and health related professionals and the second day oriented to educators and caregivers. During this event the book “The damaged clock” will be presented also by Dr. Eduard Estivill. Participation of Social Media
- 11st to15th March – Wake Up for Sleep – several activities in the Lisbon City and in some city centers or specific locations where sleep will be the mote (Flashmob in the metro stations with musicians playing Lullabies and people with pijamas and several short talks about sleep, aging and health for general population)
- Publication of the Position Paper of the Portuguese Society of Chronobiology and Sleep Medicine regarding Daylight Saving Time impact on Circadian Timing System
* “The damaged clock” is a children book written by Miguel Meira e Cruz and Henrique Santos and illustrated by Carlos Zíngaro, supported by the World Sleep Day, by the CCUL, Lisbon School of Medicine, Portuguese Association of Chronobiology and Sleep Medicine and International Institute of Melatonin and is about a wolf living in a forest which decides to visit the big city with a lots of light during night time. These behavior, of course, leads to a circadian misalignment making the wolf hungry, with loss of apetite and sleep disturbances thus disturbing the normal life in the forest and the usual habits of other animals who will join to help the wolf recover their adequate internal time. Some important scientists and clinicians experts in chronobiology and sleep medicine field read and commented on the cover of this book testifying it as a must on teaching about such important issues like biological clocks and sleep.
Location: Lisbon and Santo Tirso, Portugal
Date of Activity: From 11th to 15th
Submitted By: Dr. Miguel Meira e Cruz