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12 May 2023
Topical Collection Webinar | Sleep(-Related) Phenotypes: Future Directions for Insomnia, ADHD, Restless Sleep Disorders in Childhood, 24 May 2023

This webinar will highlight the current findings in children presenting insomnia and/or restless sleep. Distinguished speakers will discuss objective assessment, daytime dysfunction, and responses to the treatment of these sleep(-related) phenotypes.

Poor sleep can adversely affect a child’s development, health, and performance. Each speaker will review the current findings and identify sleep-related phenotypes that warrant clinical attention. The diagnosis of these conditions in children can be challenging, as symptoms can overlap and other conditions can present with sleep disruption and daytime symptoms.

Prof. Dr. Oliviero Bruni will describe three phenotypes of insomnia in early childhood: a) insomnia with motor restlessness; b) insomnia characterized without difficulties in falling asleep but with long-lasting early morning awakenings; and c) insomnia with multiple night awakenings and difficulty with falling asleep. His presentation will highlight the importance of the early identification of a phenotype as it may guide treatment approaches.

Prof. Dr. Silvia Miano will demonstrate that sleep assessment in children with ADHD confirms the validity of a sleep phenotype hypothesis, and her research reveals a much higher percentage of sleep problems than that found in the literature.

Prof. Dr. Lourdes M. DelRosso will focus on the group of children in which “restless sleep” has been identified. These children do not fit the criteria of any other current diagnostic category, and parents are concerned that night-time restlessness is associated with excessive sleepiness, school cognitive problems, or behavioral problems, such as irritability or hyperactivity.

Date: 24 May 2023 at 5:00 p.m. CEST | 11:00 a.m. EDT
Webinar ID: 892 9727 0785

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Speaker/Presentation Time in CEST Time in EDT
Prof. Dr. Karen Spruyt
Chair Introduction
5:00–5:10 p.m. 11:00–11:10 a.m.
Prof. Dr. Oliviero Bruni
Phenotypes of Insomnia in Early Childhood: Early Identification and Treatment
5:10–5:40 p.m. 11:10–11:40 a.m.
Prof. Dr. Silvia Miano
Sleep Phenotypes in ADHD: A Distinction between Primary and Secondary Forms
5:40–6:10 p.m. 11:40–12:10 p.m.
Prof. Dr. Lourdes M DelRosso
Restless Sleep Disorder
6:10–6:40 p.m. 12:10–12:40 p.m.
Q&A Session 6:40–6:55 p.m. 12:40–12:55 p.m.
Prof. Dr. Karen Spruyt
Closing of Webinar
6:55–7:00 p.m. 12:55–1:00 p.m.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information on how to join the webinar. Registrations with academic institutional email addresses will be prioritized.

Unable to attend? Register anyway and we will let you know when the recording is available to watch. 

Webinar Chair and Speakers:

  • Prof. Dr. Karen Spruyt, Université de Paris, INSERM –Neuro Diderot, Academic Hospital Robert Debré, France
  • Prof. Dr. Oliviero Bruni, Department of Developmental and Social Psychology, Sapienza University, Italy
  • Prof. Dr. Silvia Miano, 1Neurocenter of Southern Switzerland, Faculty of Biomedical Sciences, Università della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland; 2Sleep Medicine Unit, Ospedale Civico, Switzerland
  • Prof. Dr. Lourdes M. DelRosso, Department of Medicine, University of California, USA

Relevant Topical Collection:
"Sleep in Children"
Collection Editors: Prof. Dr. Karen Spruyt and Prof. Dr. Patricio Peirano
Available online:
1. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijerph/topical_collections/sleep_child
2. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/children/topical_collections/E98GD3FG8P

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