International RLS Study Group Collaborative Research Award
The Collaborative Research Award is an honorary award recognizing an outstanding collaborative research effort by an investigator studying WED (RLS). The award is based upon:
- Initiating collaboration among three or more research centers
- The collaboration spans over one or more years
- The collaboration resulted in one or more published in a peer – reviewed journal (or accepted for publication) research papers or one published (in a peer reviewed journal) research paper and additional presentation/s at professional international annual meetings.
- The results of the collaboration promoted RLS (WED) research.
The award is presented each year at the IRLSSG annual dinner, following the IRLSSG annual meeting.
The nomination period for the 2013 Collaborative Research Award is June 15 – August 15, 2013.
To nominate someone, please download the IRLSSG Collaborative Research Award Nomination Form; complete the form with the help of the nominee and e-mail to Allan O’Bryan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IRLSSG Collaborative Research Award Submission Form-1-3-1-1
International RLS Study Group Annual Meeting
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Date: To be determined. Expected date of Saturday May 31, 2014 depending on final program of the APSS Sleep meeting.
Content: To be determined.
Attendance is open to any sleep professional who is interested in RLS. The business meeting held after the annual meeting is open only to IRLSSG members.
Summary of Recommendations for the Long-Term Treatment of RLS/WED from an IRLSSG Task Force
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2011 Revised IRLSSG Diagnostic Criteria for RLS
Restless legs syndrome (RLS), a neurological sensorimotor disease often profoundly disturbing sleep and quality of life has variable expression influenced by genetic, environmental and medical factors. The symptoms vary considerably in frequency from less than once a month or year to daily and severity from mildly annoying to disabling. Symptoms may also remit for various periods of time. RLS is diagnosed by ascertaining symptom patterns that meet the following five essential criteria adding clinical specifiers where appropriate.
Essential Diagnostic Criteria (all must be met)
1. An urge to move the legs usually but not always accompanied by or felt to be caused by uncomfortable and unpleasant sensations in the legs.1, 2
2. The urge to move the legs and any accompanying unpleasant sensations begin or worsen during periods of rest or inactivity such as lying down or sitting.
3. The urge to move the legs and any accompanying unpleasant sensations are partially or totally relieved by movement, such as walking or stretching, at least as long as the activity continues. 3
4. The urge to move the legs and any accompanying unpleasant sensations during rest or inactivity only occur or are worse in the evening or night than during the day.4
5. The occurrence of the above features are not solely accounted for as symptoms primary to another medical or a behavioral condition (e.g., myalgia, venous stasis, leg edema, arthritis, leg cramps, positional discomfort, habitual foot tapping.) 5
Specifiers for Clinical Course of RLS6
A. Chronic-persistent RLS: Symptoms when not treated would occur on average at least twice weekly for the past year.
B. Intermittent RLS: symptoms when not treated would occur on average < 2/week for the past year, with at least 5 lifetime events.
Specifier for Clinical Significance of RLS6
The symptoms of RLS cause significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, educational or other important areas of functioning by the impact on sleep, energy/vitality, daily activities, behavior, cognition or mood.
1. Sometimes the urge to move the legs is present without the uncomfortable sensations and sometimes the arms or other parts of the body are involved in addition to the legs.
2. For children, the description of these symptoms should be in the child’s own words.
3. When symptoms are very severe, relief by activity may not be noticeable but must have been previously present.
4. When symptoms are very severe, the worsening in the evening or night may not be noticeable but must have been previously present.
5. These conditions, often referred to as “RLS mimics”, have been commonly confused with RLS particularly in surveys because they produce symptoms that meet or at least come very close to meeting criteria 1-4. The list here gives some examples of this that have been noted as particularly significant in epidemiological studies and clinical practice. RLS may also occur with any of these conditions, but the RLS symptoms will then be more in degree, conditions of expression or character than those usually occurring as part of the other condition.
6.The clinical course criteria do not apply for pediatric cases nor for some special cases of provoked RLS such as pregnancy or drug induced RLS where the frequency may be high but limited to duration of the provocative condition.
Wayne Hening Young Investigator Awards
2013 Wayne Hening Young Investigator Award Recipients:
Patrizia Congiu: Neurophysiological evaluation of spinal excitability in patients affected by primitive restless legs syndrome
Amanda Freeman: PTPRD expression regulates sleep consolidation in drosophila
Samantha Kerr: Reflex testing reveals circadian variation of spinal excitability in restless legs syndrome patients
Marta Moraleda-Cibrian: Restless leg syndrome in young children with orofacial cleft
Aaro Salminen: Periodic leg movements in spinal cord injury: Evaluation of arousals and treatment effect
Andras Szentkiralyi: Multimorbidity and the risk of restless legs syndrome in two prospective cohort studies
Irina Zavalko: Polysomnographic evaluation of augmentation in patients with restless legs syndrome
2012 Wayne Hening Young Investigator Award Recipients:
Victoria Mery, McGill University, Montreal for High false-positive rate of questionnaire-based RLS diagnosis in MS
AQ Rana, PD Clinic and MD Center, Toronto for Exacerbation of Pain by RLS and PD, A Case Control Study.
Bryndis Benediktsdottiri, Landspitali University Hospital, Iceland for Prevalence of RLS among patients with OSA before and after CPAP treatment compared to the general population
Maryann Deak, Sleep Health Centers, Harvard Medical School, Boston for Correlates of respiratory events with and without associated leg movements in obstructive sleep apnea
Mark Boulos, University of Toronto for Nocturnal Limb Movements are Correlated with Cerebral White Matter Hyperintensities and Fronto-Executive Deficits