Belgium 2023: Dirk Pevernagie | European Sleep Research Society (ESRS), Ghent University Hospital, BE

Delegate: Dirk Pevernagie

Affiliation: European Sleep Research Society (ESRS), Ghent University Hospital, BE

Short Bio: Dirk Pevernagie is a pulmonologist and ESRS certified somnologist who is currently working at the Ghent University and Ghent University Hospital.

He obtained his PhD in Biomedical Sciences in 1994 with a thesis on ‘Body position and OSA’ based on research performed at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, USA. He has served the Belgian Association for Sleep research and Sleep medicine (BASS) as president from 2000-2008. He has been a (founding) board member of the Dutch Society for Sleep Medicine (SVNL) from 2016 – 2019. Being a member of the ESRS since 1992, he was coopted to the ESRS board from 2006 – 2010 in the capacity of delegate from the Assembly of National Sleep Societies. Recently, he has been serving the ESRS as the chair of the Sleep Medicine Committee and member of the Educational Committee and Examination Subcommittee. He is past director of the Sleep Medicine Centre at Kempenhaeghe, Heeze, The Netherlands.

His main interest is to contribute to the development of sleep medicine as an interdisciplinary and integrative professional domain, accessible to health workers of various disciplines.

Activity: – Open to All – WEBINAR

Hot Topics in Obstructive Sleep Apnea – A European View

Prof. Dr. Dirk Pevernagie will lead an expert panel and subsequent discussion on this important public health topic.

1. The diagnosis of OSA revolutionised – Dr. Erna Sif Arnardottir (IS)
Dr. Arnardottir will talk about the future of OSA diagnosis based on the work of the Sleep Revolution consortium. Her talk will cover self-applied polysomnography validation, double set-up with traditional PSG, objective quality, subjective experience, and enhanced machine learning algorithms for analysis.

2. OSA comorbidities – Prof. Dr. Maria Bonsignore (IT)
Dr. Bonsignore will speak about the bidirectional relationships between OSA and other diseases, a topic that is currently under investigation. She will delve deeper into the complexities of patients encountered in clinical practice as well as optimal management options beyond PAP treatments.

3. Evidence-based treatment of OSA – Prof. Dr. Walter McNicholas (IE)
Prof. Dr. McNicholas will review data regarding the efficacy of CPAP therapy for OSA, focusing on more recent evidence, namely a report prepared for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service on long-term CPAP outcomes in OSA.

4. To treat or not to treat? the Baveno perspective – Prof. Dr. Winfried Randerath (DE)
Prof. Dr. Randerath will discuss new concepts to better select patients for positive airway pressure treatment. His talk will address guides to new classification systems, focusing on patient relevant outcome parameters and prognosis.

5. National knowledge-driven management of OSA – the Swedish approach – Prof. Dr. Ludger Grote (SE)
Prof. Dr. Grote will discuss the nationwide launch of the Swedish initiative to improve knowledge-based management for OSA patient management and will delve deeper into the components of the program.

Location: Virtual

Date of Activity: 10/03/2023

Submitted by: Jennifer Thomsen