Date Published: 26 Feb 2018 Categories: News
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Bringing together sleep researchers to improve the sleep of South Africans

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The South African Sleep Health Symposium 2018 was hosted by the University of Cape Town and the Sports Science Institute of South Africa in Newlands, Cape Town on Monday 10 – Tuesday 11 September 2018. The purpose of the Symposium was to bring together researchers and practitioners with a common interest in sleep and its association with mental and physical health. We at the University of Cape Town and the Sports Science Institute of South Africa (SSISA) would like to thank you all attending delegates for their invaluable contribution to the event. Without your support this event would not be possible.  We hope you left the event enriched with knowledge, inspired to make a difference and motivated to succeed!

One of our core values is our desire to be world class, and we hope that this event met and exceeded your expectations. An event of this magnitude is impossible to host without the support of our partners, therefore we would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of everyone, to also thank our sponsors Granny Goose, 7hrSleep and Mysleep who contributed to this wonderful event.

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08:00-08:45 Registration, tea and coffee
08:45-09:00 Welcome
09:00-09:30 International keynote address: Assistant Prof Ihori Kobayashi – 1 Sleep, stress, and cardiovascular health in urban-residing African Americans in the United States
09:30-10:00 Keynote: 2 Sleep in rural and urban South African settings and impact of HIV
10:00-10:15 Oral: Dr Xavier Gomez-Olive – 3 Associations between sleep parameters, non-communicable diseases, HIV status and medications in older, rural South Africans
10:15-10:30 Oral: A/Prof Laura Roden – 4 Industrialisation and sleep
10:30-10:50 Tea and coffee
10:50-11:20 International keynote address: Prof Malcolm von Schantz – 5 Detailed phenotyping of sleep and circadian rhythms in a Brazilian community
11:20-11:50 Keynote: Dr Dale Rae – 6 Long-sleeping South Africans and their risk for cardiometabolic diseases
11:50-12:05 Oral: Paula Pienaar – 7 Associations between self-reported sleep and cardiometabolic disease risk factors in executive employees
12:05-12:20 Oral: Natasha Madondo – 8 Understanding sleep patterns and exploring the individual factors that mediate the reported sleep quality in a sample of Rhodes University students
12:20-12:35 Oral: Dr Simone Tomaz – 9 Sleep, activity behaviours and adiposity in South African preschool-aged children
12:35-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:00 Keynote: Dr Gosia Lipinska – 10 The implication of chronic sleep for cognitive-affective functioning in PTSD-diagnosed women in South Africa
14:00-14:15 Oral:  Michelle Henry – Relationship between sleep, memory, and cortisol in patients with Addisons’s disease
14:15-14:30 Oral:Dr Mariza van Wyk – 10 The implication of chronic sleep for cognitive-affective functioning in PTSD-diagnosed women in South Africa 12 The distinct roles of OSA severity and levels of depression in day- and night-time symptomatology in OSA patients
14:30-14:45 Oral: Dr Alison Bentley – Atopic dermatitis in children and sleep disturbances
14:45-15:15 Big group discussion, Q&A
15:15-16:45 Tea and small group workshops


08:30-09:00 Arrival tea and coffee
09:00-09:30 Keynote: Michelle Baker – 13 The racing mind
09:30-10:00 Keynote: Dr Alison Bentley – 14 Cannabis oil for insomnia and other sleep related disorders
10:00:10:15 Oral: Michelle Baker – 15 A mixed methods study – The utility of intake narratives and questionnaires for insomnia evaluation
10:15-10:30 Oral: Dr Mariza van Wyk – 16 The role of individual sleep hygiene behaviours in sleep and health outcomes
10:30-10:45 Oral: Rob Henst – 17 A sleep coaching intervention to improve the cardiometabolic risk factors for non-communicable diseases in overweight and obese individuals
10:45-11:05 Tea and coffee
11:05-11:35 Keynote address: Dr Jonathan Davy – 18 Managing fatigue in aviation
11:35-12:05 Keynote: Dr Andre van Jaarsveld – 19 Assessment of 15500 employees in Southern Africa’s fatigue profiles in relation to sleep quality and quantity during 2012 & 2018
12:05-12:20 Oral: Sleep Summit_Petro Thamm
12:20-12:35 Oral: Angelica Muha –  20 The efficiency of Yoga practice, known as Yoga Nidra, in improving the general state of well-being
12:35-13:30 Lunch
13:30-13:45 Oral: A/Prof Candice Christie – 21 Quantification of pre-competitive sleep wake behaviour in a sample of South African cyclists
12:45-14:00 Oral: Belinda Campbell – Time of Day Effects on Perceptual, Physical and Performance Indicators of Adolescent Fast Bowlers
14:00-14:15 Oral: Kayla McEwan – 22 The effect of psychometric status on workload in professional twenty20 cricket players prior to training and matches
14:15-15:30 Tea and small group workshops
15:30-16:00 Summary and future directions
16:00 Symposium closes

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