Annual Report 2019

2019 Annual Report

World Sleep Society is a nonprofit, membership-based organization representing sleep researchers and clinicians with programs focusing on awareness and education. Led by volunteers from around the world, we fulfill our mission to advance sleep health worldwide by encouraging education, research, and patient care, especially in regions where sleep medicine is less developed.

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World Sleep Society (WSS) was founded in 2016. As a merger of two organizations, WSS operates its own programs, as well as the programming of two previous organizations: World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM) and the World Sleep Federation (WSF). View current officers and committees.

Read the 2019 Year-End Letter from the President

2019 Education & Awareness Programs Overview

  • World Sleep 2019 from September 20-25 in Vancouver, Canada
  • World Sleep Day on Friday, March 15, 2019
  • Inaugural class of the new mentor/mentee program ISRTP
  • Sleep Specialist Exam administered in Canada, India, and Vietnam
  • Individual and society memberships
  • Endorsed sleep education meetings
  • Monthly issues of Sleep Medicine journal
  • Guidelines for the treatments of sleep disorders
  • World Sleep Job Board
  • Continuation of networking within the online Sleep Directory

Our 2019 Photo Highlights


Program Committee in New York City to finalize symposia & courses for World Sleep 2019


Site selection for World Sleep 2021


The globe unites for World Sleep Day 2019


ISRTP inaugural class announced


World Sleep Day Distinguished Activity Awards Selected


Participated in American Academy of Sleep Medicine & Sleep Research Society’s SLEEP meeting


Loss of a sleep pioneer, Dr. Christian Guilleminault


World Sleep 2019 secured the largest exhibitor floor plan and sponsorship list in its history


World Sleep 2019 brings 3,583 sleep professionals to Vancouver, Canada


Participated in the Chinese Sleep Research Meeting


Administered the exam in Vietnam, bringing the number of Sleep Specialists who passed the exam in 2019 up to 76


Participated in the Brazilian Sleep Society Meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2019 Program Breakdown

World Sleep 2019: Our Largest Congress to Date

Vancouver, Canada September 20-25, 2019

Read the Daily Congress Highlights

2019 Program Committee
Maree Barnes, MD (Australia)
Célyne Bastien, PhD (Canada)
John Fleetham, MD, FRCP(C) (Canada)
Reut Gruber, PhD (Canada)
Yuichi Inoue, MD (Japan)
Clete Kushida, MD, PhD (USA)
Charles Morin, PhD (Canada)
Allan O’Bryan (USA)
Thomas Penzel, PhD (Germany)
Dalva Poyares, MD, PhD (Brazil)

View all organizing committees of 2019.

World Sleep 2019 Accomplishments
World Sleep 2019 brought together 3,583 sleep medicine and research professionals. The scientific program included 320 hours of content, including:

  • 12 keynotes
  • 23 pre-congress courses and workshops
  • 99 symposia and panel discussions
  • 1,313 abstract presentations
  • 90 exhibitors
  • 39 prescribed credits (CME), 30.5 CSTE credits & 28.25 CE credit hours

World Sleep 2019 had a 36% increase in attendance over World Sleep 2017 (which was previously our largest congress). The website received over 1 million views in 2019. Our 3,583 international attendees attended from six continents and 77 countries. View the breakdown in our Global Diversity overview.

World Sleep Day 2019

Read the 2019 Press release

2019 World Sleep Day® Committee
Liborio Parrino (Italy), Chair
Richard Allan (US)
Ximena Alvarado (Bolivia)
Manvir Bhatia (India)
Ravindra Chandrashekhar (US)
Rayleigh Ping-Ying Chiang (Taiwan)
Miguel Meira e Cruz (Portugal)
Antonio Culebras (US)
Marta Gonçalves (Portugal)
Ravi Gupta (India)
Lenise Jihe Kim (Brazil)
Melissa Lipford (US)
Elena M. Majano (El Salvador)
Ghulam Mustafa (Pakistan)
Laura Palagini (Italy)
Muhammad Sayed (US)

2019 World Sleep Day Accomplishments:

  • 352+ official delegates joined the campaign
  • 200+ sleep awareness activities have been added to
  • 53 countries have notified us of participation in World Sleep Day, including the addition of seven new countries: Albania, Slovenia, Kenya, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Croatia and Bahrain
  • Media mentions came in across the globe including outlets such as NBC, BBC, Daily Mail, Forbes, Men’s Health and many others
  • We were trending on social media under the hashtag #WorldSleepDay
  • Our 2019 partners included Westin Hotels & Resorts, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Fidia Farmaceutici, AMLife International, Dormeo and Philips.

2019 World Sleep Day Distinguished Activities Awards

Each year, a selection of Distinguished Activities is chosen by our World Sleep Day Committee. Winners receive one complimentary registration to attend the next World Sleep Congress to receive a trophy at the Opening Ceremony. Honorable Mentions are also invited on stage to receive a certificate of achievement.

2019 Distinguished Activity Awardees
Portuguese Sleep Association | APS, ANSS, ESRS
Fernando Alberto Ceballos Fuentes, MD, MsC | Guatemalan Association of Sleep Medicine
Miguel Meira e Cruz | Portuguese Association of Chronobiology and Sleep Medicine; Sleep Unit of Cardiovascular Center, University of Lisbon, School of Medicine
Dr. Prerana Garg & Dr. Himanshu Garg | Sleep Cure Solutions
Montida Veeravigrom, MD | Sleep Society of Thailand
Dr N. Ramakrishnan | Nithra Institute of Sleep Sciences

2019 Honorable Mention
Lew Mun Yee | Am Life International
Rayleigh Ping Ying Chiang | International Sleep Science Technology Association
Elena Maricela Majano, MD | Bernes Medical Sleep and Neurological Private Center
Dr. Manvir Bhatia | Neurology Sleep Centre
György G. Németh | Hungarian Sleep Association
Ximena Alvarado | Hospital de Clínicas La Paz Bolivia
Dr. Laura Palagini | AIMS

The next World Sleep Day will take place on March 13, 2020. For more information on World Sleep Day, including how to become a delegate, visit

Inaugural class of mentor/mentee program ISRTP

In 2019, World Sleep Society developed the International Sleep Research Training Program (ISRTP). The overarching goal of the program is to prepare sleep trainees from various countries throughout the world for future leadership in basic and/or clinical sleep research. ISRTP provides an opportunity for trainees, especially those in developing countries, to train at major academic institutions so they can acquire sleep research skills and observe management of patients with sleep disorders from experienced scientists and clinicians. In turn, the program will foster a cohort of future sleep research leaders who will keep the field of sleep research and medicine vibrant with their ideas, plans and goals. The trainees were selected and matched with sleep research mentors at host academic institutions.

Inaugural Class Selected & Matched
Leila Emami, MD (Iran) mentoring at University of Sydney: Woolcock Institute of Medical Research
Hyeon Jin Kim, MD (Republic of Korea) mentoring at Harvard University: Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School
Ximena Omlin, PhD (United Kingdom) mentoring at University of Oxford: Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute
Wenjing (Athena) Wang, MD (China) mentoring at Stanford University: Division of Sleep Medicine
Liyue (Adell) Xu, MD (China) mentoring at University of Pennsylvania: Center for Sleep & Circadian Neurobiology

The next class of Mentors and Mentees will be selected in January 2020. Learn more.

Sleep Medicine Exam

The Sleep Medicine Examination was available for qualified candidates during World Sleep 2019 in Vancouver, Canada. Candidates were given four hours to successfully complete the 150-question exam to be awarded the International Sleep Specialist designation. In 2019, 76 candidates passed the exam. Developed in accordance with our mission to advance sleep health worldwide, the overarching goal of the exam is to provide an opportunity for individuals, especially those in underserved countries, to earn the sleep specialist designation. Read additional information related to the exam. Questions can be directed to Angie Granum at World Sleep Society.

Recipient Name Country Year Awarded
Gyandeep Mangal India 2019
Jaimin Mansuriya India 2019
Sandeep Mittal India 2019
Shweta Kanchan India 2019
N Narendra Kumar India 2019
Harish Bhatia India 2019
Dhammdeep Kadam India 2019
Anirudh Kumar India 2019
Archita Joshi India 2019
Sitthep Thanakitcharu Thailand 2019
Pongsakorn Tanayapong Thailand 2019
Apichart So-ngern Thailand 2019
April Fatima Hernandez Philippines 2019
Alfredo Yap Philippines 2019
Woravipa Isara Sena Na Ayudhya Thailand 2019
Jirada Sringean Thailand 2019
Sirichai Kittichanteera Thailand 2019
Hoang Minh Vietnam 2019
Lily Diana Zainudin Malaysia 2019
Thapanee Somboon Thailand 2019
Akarachaid Pinidbunjerdkool Thailand 2019
Somyos Wanichapol Thailand 2019
Patricia Estrella Philippines 2019
Tran Thanh Duy Linh Vietnam 2019
Darunee Wiriyaporn Thailand 2019
Duong DUY Khoa Vietnam 2019
Hamdi Najman Achok Malaysia 2019
Petcharat Saengthong Thailand 2019
Rasintra Siriwat Thailand 2019
Le Khac Bao Vietnam 2019
Rimawati Tedjasukmana Indonesia 2019
Maria Francia Alexadria Caparas-Manlagnit Philippines 2019
Rozanah Abd Rahman Malaysia 2019
Rose Anne Roque Philippines 2019
Nguyen Huu Hoang Vietnam 2019
Rashidah Yasin Malaysia 2019
Woranart Ratanakorn Thailand 2019
Beverly Carbonell Philippines 2019
Likhit Khattiyawittayakun Thailand 2019
Kittisak Sawanyawisuth Thailand 2019
Myra Tan Philippines 2019
Polporn Apiwattanasawee Thailand 2019
Kugan Raman Malaysia 2019
BUI Diem Khue Vietnam 2019
Nurul Yaqeen Mohd Esa Malaysia 2019
Nguyen Ngoc Phuong Thu Vietnam 2019
Duong Minh Ngoc Vietnam 2019
Mohd Ayzam Ahmad Malaysia 2019
Jihye Oh South Korea 2019
Vu Tran Thien Quan Vietnam 2019
Atefeh Abedini Iran 2019
Jens Acker Switzerland 2019
Raj Bhui Canada 2019
Jung-Ick Byun South Korea 2019
José Carlos Moreira Salgueiro Carneiro Portugal 2019
Chris Ching Wai Chan Canada 2019
Maryam Gheraati Iran 2019
Mohamed Rashid Goolam Hussain Canada 2019
Sung Min Kim South Korea 2019
Saurabh Mittal India 2019
Nikolay Nikolaev Bulgaria 2019
Pattaraporn Panyarath Thailand 2019
Chawanont Pimolsri Thailand 2019
Angélica Margarita Portillo Vásquez Mexico 2019
Siva Raman United States 2019
Orna Sever Israel 2019
So-Hyun Ahn South Korea 2019
Jun-Sang Sunwoo South Korea 2019
Sakurako Tanno Japan 2019
Kavitha Venkatanarayan India 2019
Ravi Yadav India 2019
Kamendra Singh Pawar India 2019
Kamalesh Chakravarty India 2019
Praveen Kumar Yadav India 2019

The Sleep Medicine Examination was available for qualified candidates during World Sleep 2019 in Vancouver, Canada. Exams were also hosted by the Indian Society for Sleep Research (ISSR) in New Delhi, India, South East Asian Regional Academy of Sleep Medicine (SEAASM) in Gurgaon, India and ASEAN Sleep Federation in Dalat City, Vietnam in 2019. Learn how to host an exam.


In 2019, World Sleep Society’s global representation was 14,000 sleep professionals, of that, 1,402 were individual memberships and 38 were Associate Society Members.

All individual memberships include the following benefits:

  • Access to international standards, best practices and current research in the field of Sleep Medicine
  • Access to Sleep Medicine journal (all memberships receive online and app access; full membership also includes printed journal)
  • Discount pricing for the biennial World Sleep Congress
  • Inclusion in and access to the World Sleep online directory of sleep medicine professionals around the globe
  • Eligibility to serve on WSS committees
  • Eligibility to participate and vote in WSS general assembly meetings
  • Use the “International Sleep Specialist” designee after successfully passing the WSS exam

Associate Society Members

The fundamental mission of World Sleep Society is to advance sleep health worldwide. In an effort to increase global awareness of sleep issues, WSS has formed a relationship with the following national sleep societies or regional federations. View all current Associate Societies.

Members Since 2019

Endorsed Meetings

World Sleep Society strives to provide information, increase awareness, and champion advocacy on sleep and its disorders amongst both healthcare workers and the general public. In an effort to raise awareness, we promote sleep meetings around the world. In 2019, WSS endorsed more than 30 sleep meetings and conferences around the world. If your society has an upcoming meeting and would like to list it with us, learn more about our endorsed meetings.

Growth in Outreach

It’s an exciting time in sleep medicine and research! From 2018 through 2019, World Sleep Society’s following has seen steady growth. Our World Sleep Congress attendance increased 36% over our 2017 congress. Our digital mailing list saw an 19% increase in opt-ins. And in social media, WSS’s Twitter page grew 46% and Facebook followers increased over 45%. Join us today!


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