The November conference was very unique, dedicating a day and a half solely to the topics of sleep and pain.
The presenters for this inaugural AAOP Mid-Year Sleep and Pain Conference are known leaders in the disciplines of sleep, pain and imaging. Dr. Gilles Lavigne, will present on sleep mechanisms, sleep pathophysiology and bruxism. Dr. David Gozal will present on the modulation of pain during sleep and the impact of sleep fragmentation on pain related thresholds. An update on sleep apnea, from the changing epidemiology of the disorder to the evidenced based approach of its diagnosis will be discussed by Dr. Safwan Badr. In recent years imaging of airway for clinical management of sleep related breathing disorders has become a popular topic. Dr. David Hatcher will discuss the use of imaging to identify selected anatomic factors associational with sleep disordered breathing. Another popular topic of interest in the last decade has been the use of cannabinoids for the management of various medical conditions. Dr. Darrell Boychuk will present on the use of cannabinoids in sleep, chronic pain and how it is being investigated for the use of other disorders such as OSA and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.