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Officers for the term 2015-2019:
Diego Garcia-Borreguero (chair)
Federica Provini (vice-chair)
Cornelius Bachmann
Roselyne Rjisman
Denise Sharon
John Swieca
Yuichi Inoue

Officers for the term 2013-2017:
Birgit Högl (secretary)
Shelly Zak (treasurer)
Rosalia Silvestri
Arthur Walters
Juliane Winklemann

Allan O'Bryan (staff)


The International Restless Legs Syndrome Study Group (IRLSSG) is an organization of professionals committed to advancing basic and clinical research on Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS). Their mission includes the cooperative planning, implementation, analysis, and reporting of multi-center studies with an international emphasis. The IRLSSG may also pursue other research activities and education related to RLS and to other related entities such as periodic limb movements (PLM). To this end, the IRLSSG aims to advance knowledge about the cause(s), pathogenesis, and clinical impact of RLS and related disorders. In pursuit of its goals, the IRLSSG will actively encourage recruitment of new investigators to its fields of interest and will cooperate with outside organizations that share its goals.


The IRLSSG is committed to the principles of open and full scientific communication and collaboration, peer review, full disclosure of potential conflicts of interest, and democratic governance of its organization and activities. The IRLSSG is also interested in providing scientific and medical information to professionals and the public regarding RLS and related disorders.

European Subgroup of the IRLSSG

Objective of this Association
The objective of this association is the promotion of the European scientific research in the field of RLS and the optimization of medical care for patients by improving diagnostic and therapeutic measures. A close cooperation of physicians, scientists, and medical personnel, as well as patients and their family members, is to be developed further and will facilitate a fast knowledge and information exchange in the field of RLS.

Therefore, the association wants to contribute to and improve the European information and communication structures and to support the establishment of standardized patient data banks.

The statute's purpose in particular will be carried out by the following measures:
Fusion and integration of international experts within the field of RLS
Initiation and execution of scientific projects in basic and clinical research as well as research in health care of restless legs syndrome, which are not, or only partly, supported by public organisations or industrial sponsoring
Execution of scientific meetings, seminars, and advanced training activities
Cooperation with national and international scientists, research projects, or consortia that could support the objectives of the association
Assignments of research contracts to universities or non-profit organizations
Publication of research results in a newsletter or a scientific magazine
Provision of grants to members and non-members for participation in scientific and educational meetings
Mailing Address: Kirschstetten 14a, 87754 Kammlach, Germany

New Investigators

Hening awards of $1,000 USD are available for new investigators (less than 10 years since completing their PhD. or M.D.) who submit abstracts selected to be presented at the annual IRLSSG meeting. Details are presented here and for more information contact Allan O'Bryan at

Wayne Hening Young Investigator Award

The Wayne Hening Awards will be made to new investigators who are no more than 10 years past receiving their Ph.D. or M.D. and who have scientific RLS/PLMS work accepted for presentation at the professional meeting associated with the annual IRLSSG meeting. The award is for $1,000 and will be remitted in US dollars. The awardee will be expected to present her/his work at the corresponding IRLSSG annual meeting. Deadlines for abstract submission and award notification will be published for each annual meeting accordingly.

Applications should include the following:

1. Name, address, and scientific affiliation

2. Current job and professional role

3. Scientific mentor/senior associate (for junior investigators)

4. Meeting and/or scientific venue to be attended

5. Location of meeting.

6. Submitted abstract and official indication of acceptance or scientific role of the applicant in the scientific encounter with official documentation attached to the application (this can be submitted later than the initial application if relevant information is unavailable at the first point).

7. Other information supporting the application when appropriate or needed (e.g. comments about relevance of the work to RLS or about role/activity in the IRLSSG meeting.)

Applications should be sent by email to:

IRLSSG Wayne Hening Award Committee
c/o Allan O’Bryan
Executive Secretary