Georgia 2017: Lia Maisuradze

Delegate: DrS/Prof. Lia Maisuradze

Affiliations: DrS/Prof. at School of Natural Sciences and Engineering, Ilia State University; head Scientist at Iv. Beritashvili Center of Experimental Biomedicine (Tbilisi, Georgia)

In Georgian regions, the first celebration of World Sleep Day occurred in Marneuli, a small city in the Kvemo Kartli region of southern Georgia (borders neighboring Azerbaijan and Armenia). It was an excellent 2hr30min event in Marneuli Public School No.5 with active involvement of the director of school, teachers and high-grade school-children. My presentation on the relation of good sleep habits/sleep hygiene to physical or mental health as well as on the negative effects of poor sleep on the productivity and learning/memory was followed by particularly interesting discussion including a lot of adequate questions from the side of teachers and school-children.

I would like to thank Mrs. Natia Metreveli, a teacher of Biology, an M.A. student in Ilia State University (Tbilisi, Georgia) for the assistance to hold World Sleep Day 2017 in Marneuli that was accompanied with mass media special interest reflected in TV – “Marneuli News” on Friday evening, 17th March, 2017. Accordingly, I suppose to involve different Georgian regions in further World Sleep Day celebration process.

Location: Marneuli, Georgia

Date: 17th March, 2017

Submitted by: DrS/Prof. Lia Maisuradze

Short Bio: Lia Maisuradze, DrS/Prof. of Biomedicine at School of Natural Sciences and Engineering, Ilia State University (Tbilisi, Georgia), having close research-scientific relationship with Tengiz Oniani Lab of Sleep-Wakefulness Studies, a Head Scientist in Ivane Beritashvili Center of Experimental Biomedicine (Tbilisi, Georgia), an Invited Sleep Research Specialist in the Institute of Neurology and Neuropsychology (Tbilisi, Georgia) and a founder and Vice President of Georgian Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine Society (GSSS), graduated from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University and obtained her degrees of PhD (1987) and Doctor of Biological Sciences (2003) in Human and Animal Physiology. She has been active in sleep research for over thirty years taking a part in different International forums related to sleep science. She has initiated Introduction Course on ‘Sleep Phenomenon’ in Ilia State University. For the first time in Georgian language, she published two brochures: “Sleep and Health” and “Sleep Diary” and organized and chaired 1st ESRS-GSSS training course on Sleep Disorders in Tbilisi. Since 2013, she has held World Sleep Day in Georgia that has been resulted in the WASM/WSD distinguished activity award honorable mention.