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World Sleep Society Associate Society Member

In 2016, World Sleep Federation (WSF) and World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM) collaborated to found one international organization: World Sleep Society. The fundamental mission of the World Sleep Society is to advance sleep health worldwide. World Sleep Society will fulfill this mission by promoting and encouraging education, research and patient care throughout the World, particularly in those parts of the world where the practice of sleep medicine is less developed. World Sleep Society will act as a bridge between different sleep societies and cultures, supporting and encouraging worldwide exchange of clinical information and scientific studies related to sleep medicine.

International RLS Study Group applied for society membership in 2017. Our application was reviewed and accepted. IRLSSG is now an active and participating society member of World Sleep Society. View the full list of societies belonging to World Sleep Society on their website.

Alongside World Sleep Society, we will work to better the understanding of RLS and beyond.

2017 Annual Meeting

International RLS Study Group Annual Meeting 2017

Location: Prague during World Sleep 2017 (View meeting website and details.)
Date: Saturday, October 7, 2017
Time: 08:00-17:30
Place: Prague Convention Centre

5. kvetna 65
140 21 Prague 4, Czech Republic
630 80 249
Phone: +420 261 171 111

Room: North Hall


Course 100: International RLS Study Group: RLS is not just leg kicking
IRLSSG Business Meeting will follow course

This year's educational program will introduce new and expanded data on RLS and limb movements. Several presentations will discuss the association of weight and RLS with and without PLMS. Recent data from imaging studies contribute to the understanding of the pathophysiology of RLS. More presentations will debate the unequivocal association of sleep related limb movements and RLS. Clinical aspects of RLS in adults and children will be reviewed. Finally, treatment conundrums will be discussed. New this year, we will present opportunities for international collaboration.
Chair: D. Garcia-Borreguero (Spain)

Welcome to IRLSSG in Prague
K. Sonka (Czech Republic)   08:00-08:10

Obesity and RLS
X. Gao (United States)   08:10-08:30

RLS severity and BMI
F. Provini (Italy)   08:30-08:50

RLS and BMI in stroke patients
M. Manconi (Switzerland)   08:50-09:10

Cerebral hemodynamic disturbances in RLS with PLMs
K.Y. Jung (Republic of Korea)   09:10-09:30

Resting state and thalamic role in RLS
Y.W. Cho (Republic of Korea)   09:30-09:50

Coffee break - AM 09:50-10:20

Sleep related leg movements: Beyond PLM
R.P. Allen (United States)   10:20-10:40

Beyond PLMS: The neurophysiology of short-interval leg movements during sleep
R. Ferri (Italy)   10:40-11:00

Periodic vs. respiratory related leg movements
S. Fulda (Switzerland)   11:00-11:20

PLMS mimicking RBD
A. Iranzo (Spain)   11:20-11:40

WHA Abstract presentations 11:40-12:30

Lunch break 12:30-13:30

Actigraphy and PLMS
D. Kemlink (Czech Republic)   13:30-13:50

Ped RLS TF report
A. Walters (United States)   13:50-14:10

Opiates vs. alpha 2 delta in RLS
C. Trenkwalder (Germany), D. Garcia-Borreguero (Spain)   14:10-15:10

Coffee break - PM 15:10-15:40

International Projects – our experience
J. Winkelmann (Germany), A. Walters (United States)   15:40-15:50

International Projects – Networking for Science Group Session
D. Garcia-Borreguero (Spain)   15:50-16:30

IRLSSG Business Meeting
D. Garcia-Borreguero (Spain)   16:30-17:30

Guidelines for First-line Treatment of RLS, Prevention and Treatment of Augmentation


SLEEP MEDICINE Journal:

Title:  Guidelines for the first-line treatment of restless legs syndrome/Willis–Ekbom disease, prevention and treatment of dopaminergic augmentation: a combined task force of the IRLSSG, EURLSSG, and the RLS-Foundation
ISSN: 1389-9457
DOI: 10.1016/j.sleep.2016.01.017
URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.sleep.2016.01.017

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WHITE PAPER SUMMARY OF RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF RLS/WED AUGMENTATION
A COMBINED TASK FORCE OF THE IRLSSG, EURLSSG AND THE RLS‐FOUNDATION

Click on below link to download the paper.   For permission to reproduce or distribute the paper contact secretary@irlssg.org.

Click here: Summary of recommendations RLS Augmentation 13Aug2015 (PDF)
(updated on August 13, 2015 with corrected serum ferritin level)

Members of the Task Force

Diego Garcia‐Borreguero, MD, Madrid, Spain*
Richard P. Allen, PhD, Baltimore, MD, USA*
Michael H. Silber, MBChB, Rochester, MN, USA*
John W. Winkelman, MD, Boston, MA, USA*
Birgit Högl, MD, Innsbruck, Austria*
Jacquelyn Bainbridge, PharmD, Denver, CO, USA
Mark Buchfuhrer, MD, Downey, CA, USA
Georgios Hadjigeorgiou, MD, Thessaly, Greece
Yuichi Inoue, MD, Tokyo, Japan
Mauro Manconi, MD, Lugano, Switzerland
William Ondo, MD, Houston, TX, USA
Juliane Winkelmann, MD, Stanford, CA, USA
*Member of the writing committee

2015 Science Summit October 22-26, 2015

International RLS Study Group (IRLSSG)and European RLS Study Group (EU-RLSSG) 2015 RLS/WED SCIENCE SUMMIT

OCTOBER 22-26, 2015 held in Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, CA

COMMITTED TO ADVANCING BASIC AND CLINICAL RESEARCH ON RLS/WED

SYMPOSIUM SPEAKER ABSTRACTS (PDF):  RLS Science Summit abstracts ver100915

Certifiate of Attendance (PDF download):  2015 certificate of attendance - template

RLS/WED Science Summit Program Committee

Diego Garcia-Borreguero (co-chair)
Juliane Winkelmann (co-chair)

Richard Allen
WH Oertel
Daniel Picchietti
Marco Zucconi

PROGRAM

THURSDAY OCTOBER 22, 2015
Noon – 10:00pm Check-in and registration
6:00pm – 6:30pm Opening reception by Crocker Hall fire pit
6:30pm – 8:30pm BBQ dinner by Crocker Hall fire pit
8:30pm – 10:00pm Networking at social hall and fire pit

FRIDAY OCTOBER 23, 2015
7:30am – 8:00am Breakfast at Crocker Dining Hall
8:00am – 8:15am Opening session
8:15am – 9:45am Session 1 – Epidemiology
9:45am – 10:00am Coffee Break
10:00am – 12:00pm Session 2Genetics 
Noon – 1:00pm Lunch at Crocker Dining Hall
1:15pm – 3:15pm Session 3 – Animal Models for RLS Phenotype  
3:15pm – 3:30pm Coffee Break
3:30pm – 5:00pm Session 4 - Spinal and Cortical Excitability/Hyperarousal
5:00pm – 6:00pm Writing Sessions
6:00pm – 7:00pm Dinner at Crocker Dining Hall
7:30pm – 8:30pm Debate on Diagnostic Criteria: HB Lee, Dan Picchietti, Ruth O'Hare, and Art Walters
8:30pm – 9:30pm Posters and social networking; wine and cheese

SATURDAY OCTOBER 24, 2015
7:30am – 8:00am Breakfast at Crocker Dining Hall
8:00am – 9:30am Session 5 – PLMS Discussion Session
9:30am – 9:50am Coffee Break
9:50am – 11:50am Session 6 – The Role of Iron
Noon – 1:00pm Lunch at Crocker Dining Hall
1:15pm – 2:45pm Session 7 – The Dopaminergic System and RLS: Where Are We and What Next
2:45pm – 3:00pm Coffee Break
3:00pm – 4:30pm Session 8 - Opioids and Pain in RLS
4:30pm – 5:30pm Writing Session
5:00-pm - 6:00pm  Special interest group:  Priorities and avenues for NIH and other government funding (meet at Hearst Social Hall)
6:00pm – 7:00pm Dinner at Crocker Dining Hall
7:30pm – 8:30pm  PLM Detection and Associations in the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort: E Mignot
8:30pm – 9:30pm Posters and social networking; wine and cheese

SUNDAY OCTOBER 25, 2015
7:30am – 8:00am Breakfast at Crocker Dining Hall
8:10am – 9:40am Session 9 – RLS and Cardiovascular Disease: Current Evidence and a
Roadmap for Future Research
9:40am – 10:00am Coffee Break
10:00am – 11:30am Session 10 – Brain Imaging and Connectivity
Noon – 1:00pm Lunch at Crocker Dining Hall
1:15pm – 2:45pm Session 11 – New Treatment Implications of Current Science
2:45pm – 3:00pm Coffee Break
3:00pm – 4:30pm Session 12 - Clinical Updates
4:30pm – 6:00pm Writing Session
6:00pm – 7:00pm Dinner at Crocker Dining Hall
7:30pm – 8:30pm Next Generation RLS Researchers - increasing awareness on RLS
Research for Young scientists and clinicians: Wolfgang H Oertel
8:30pm – 9:30pm Discussion and next steps
9:30pm – 10:00pm Networking

MONDAY OCTOBER 26, 2015
5:00am – Noon Depart for airports
7:30am – 9:00am Breakfast at Crocker Dining Hall

SESSION 1 Epidemiology

CO-CHAIRS Daniel Picchietti & Klaus Berger

SPEAKERS AND TITLE
Daniel Picchietti
How has epidemiological research helped the field of WED/RLS?
Stephen van den Eeden
Opportunities and limits of secondary data sources in WED/RLS research
Klaus Berger
Understanding cross-cultural differences in RLS prevalence
Klaus Berger
Convergence of WED/RLS epidemiological research with genetic,biologic, and other areas of WED/RLS research
Daniel Picchietti & Klaus Berger
Summary

SESSION 2 Genetics

CO-CHAIRS Guy Rouleau & Juliane Winkelmann

SPEAKERS AND TITLE
Juliane Winkelmann
The search for common variants: GWAS studies – an update
Barbara Schormair
The search for rare variants: WES and WGS studies of RLS
Guy Rouleau
Genetic architecture of RLS, including “common variants” and
“rare variants” and thoughts about “missing heritability”
David Rye
From genotype to phenotype in RLS and PLMS
Thomas Meitinger
Summary and discussion

SESSION 3 Animal Models for RLS Phenotype

CO-CHAIRS Bryon Jones &  David Rye

SPEAKERS AND TITLE
David Rye & Byron Jones
Introduction
Juliane Winkelmann 
The role of Meis1, a gene nominated by GWAS, in behaviors mimicking RLS
Yunqing Li
The role of Btbd9, a gene nominated by GWAS, in behaviors and iron regulation related to RLS
Subhabrata Sanyal
Ubiquitination in Drosophila as related to RLS
Richard Allen
BXD 40, a mouse that when fed an iron-poor diet, exhibits endo- and exo-phenotypes mimicking RLS
Byron Jones & David Rye
Discussion

SESSION 4 Spinal and Cortical Excitability/Hyperarousal

CHAIRS Walter Paulus

SPEAKERS AND TITLE
Imad Ghorayeb
Spinal physiology in non-human primate models of RLS
Cornelius Bachmann
Physiology of spinal sensory processing in RLS alternatively RLS and its relation to pain at a spinal level
Walter Paulus
Spinal excitability and methods of stimulation
Yuping Wang
Cortical excitability
Giuseppe Lanza
Discussion on spinal and cortical excitability hyperarousal
Walter Paulus
Summary

SESSION 5 PLMS

CO-CHAIRS Raffaele Ferri &  Stephany Fulda

SPEAKERS AND TITLE
Raffaele Ferri
Neurophysiologic correlates of PLMS
Brian Koo 
PLMS as a cardiovascular risk factor: evidence and mechanisms
Stephany Fulda
Evidence-based criteria are needed to score PLMS
Dan Picchietti
Discussion on PLMS
Brian Koo, Stephany Fulda, & Raffaele Ferri
Discussion

SESSION 6 TheRole of Iron

CO-CHAIRS James Connor &  Richard Allen

SPEAKERS AND TITLE
James Connor
Blood Brain Barrier iron - CSF from RLS patient
Stephanie Patton
Iron – Hypoxia interaction: central and peripheral effects including effects on genes and peripheral myelin
Richard Allen
Pre-clinical and clinical data on effects of iron deficits and iron treatments
Konrad Oexle
Genetic factors of iron
Richard Allen & James Connor
Discussion

SESSION 7 TheDopaminergic System and RLS: Where Are We and What Next

CO-CHAIRS Chris Earley & Stefan Clemens

SPEAKERS AND TITLE
Sergi Ferre
DA receptor heteromers as possible new targets for RLS
George Uhl
DAergic systems and cell adhesion molecules. How might they inform us about RLS, augmentation, and novel therapeutic targets
Chris Earley
The state of the DAergic system in RLS
Stefan Clemens
The spinal DAergic system and relevance to RLS
Chris Earley & Stefan Clemens
Discussion

SESSION 8 Opioids and Pain in RLS

CO-CHAIRS Claudia Trenkwalder & Walter Zieglgänsberger

SPEAKERS AND TITLE
Walter Zieglgänsberger
The interaction of pain physiology and the opioid system:from animals to humans
Birgit Hogl
The contribution of sleep and sleep deprivation for pain
Sam Ahmedzai
Actions of commonly used opioid medications; mechanisms and actions of opioids
Claudia Trenkwalder
Possible mechanisms of action for opioid treatment in RLS - lessons from clinical trials
Claudia Trenkwalder
Discussion; What type of pain is occurring in RLS patients

SESSION 9 RLS and Cardiovascular Disease: Current Evidence and a Roadmap for Future Research*

CO-CHAIRS John Winkelman & Virend Somers

SPEAKERS AND TITLE
John Winkelman
Epidemiologic evidence linking RLS and other sleep disorders to cardiovascular disease
Virend Somers
Neural mechanisms linking RLS and other sleep disorders to cardiovascular disease
Daniel Gottlieb
Vascular mechanisms linking RLS and other sleep disorders to cardiovascular disease
Naresh Punjabi
Inflammatory/metabolic mechanisms linking RLS and other sleep disorders to cardiovascular disease
John Winkelman & Virend Somers
Open discussion on how cardiovascular disease relates to RLS.

SESSION 10 Brain Imaging and Connectivity

CO-CHAIRS Giovanni Rizzo & Yong Won Cho

SPEAKERS AND TITLE
Giovanni Rizzo
Brain MRI in RLS:
1) Iron level to possible structural changes
2) Regional brain metabolic dysfunctions in RLS patients: magnetic resonance spectroscopy findings
Xu Li
Brain iron imaging options, limits  and  relation to RLS biology and clinical features
Sebastiano Galantucci 
Investigating brain connectivity from resting state functional MRI recordings: methodological aspects
Yong Won Cho
Resting state functional MRI assessments in RLS
Giovanni Rizzo & Young Won Cho
Discussion

SESSION 11 New Treatment Implications of Current Science*

CO-CHAIRS Diego Garcia-Borreguero & Sergi Ferre

SPEAKERS AND TITLE
Chris Earley
Iron biology relevance for iron treatment of RLS
Diego Garcia Borreguero
Role of drugs acting on the calcium channels
Mauro Manconi
The future of animal models for drug development of RLS; animal models for rapid screening of RLS
Sergi Ferre
Getting mechanistic with new in vivo models of cortico-striatal neurotransmission
Seema Gulyani
Adenosine, iron and relationship to RLS
Diego Garcia Borreguero
Summary discussion of future treatments with interactive questions and answers

SESSION 12 Clinical Updates

CO-CHAIRS Luigi Ferini-Strambi &  S Chokroverty

SPEAKERS AND TITLE
Marco Zucconi
Summary review of the PLMS task force
Ferini-Strambi & Chokroverty
Discussion of PLMS task force
Mike Silber
Summary review of the treatment algorithm from the augmentation
task force
Ferini-Strambi & Chokroverty
Discussion of treatment algorithm
Bill Ondo
Deep brain stimulation and RLS: Pathophysiology considerations
Ferini-Strambi & Chokroverty
Discussion of DBS and overall summary of clinical updates

 

Contact us for registration, hotel reservations, and sponsorship opportunities:
Administration Office
Attn: Allan O'Bryan
IRLSSG
3270 19th ST NW I Suite 110
Rochester, MN 55901 USA
email: secretary@irlssg.org
website: www.irlssg.org