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Third Annual Advances in Sleep Medicine

The Ritz-Carlton
Marina del Rey, California
February 21, 2009 to February 21, 2009

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Course Description
Physicians in all areas of medicine encounter patients who complain of disturbed sleep. The purpose of this course is to provide primary care physicians with the knowledge needed to recognize and treat major sleep disorders such as insomnia, circadian rhythm disorders, sleep apnea, and motor disorders of sleep such as restless legs syndrome (RLS). Attendees will acquire skills needed in the evaluation and management of the major sleep disorders they are likely to encounter during routine clinical practice. A major goal of the course is to provide practitioners with current updates in sleep medicine. The course will begin with an introductory lecture providing theories describing the functions of sleep and will be followed by presentations describing the evaluation and treatments of insomnia, circadian rhythm disorders, sleep apnea, complex nocturnal behaviors and restless legs syndrome.

Opportunities for questions and discussion will be provided.

Target Audience

This course will target clinicians and health care providers who encounter the myriad of patients with sleep complaints.

Registration Information


Early registration is recommended, as space is limited.


To enroll click here

By Mail

Send the completed enrollment form to:

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Office of Continuing Medical Education
Advances in Sleep Medicine
10920 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1060
Los Angeles, CA 90024-6512


Fax the enrollment form with charge card information and your authorizing signature to (310) 794-2624.

By Phone Use your MasterCard, VISA, or Discover card. Call (310) 794-2620


  • $50.00

Due to the low enrollment fee, no refunds will be given for this conference.

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Course Chair

Alon Y. Avidan, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Neurology
Neurology Residency Program Director
Director, UCLA Neurology Clinic
Associate Director, Sleep Disorders Center
UCLA, Department of Neurology
Los Angeles, California

UCLA Faculty

Jerome Siegel, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
University of California Los Angeles
Chief of Neurobiology Research
Veterans Administration
Los Angeles, California

Visiting Faculty

Sonia Ancoli-Israel, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry
University of California San Diego
San Diego, California

Phyllis Zee, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Neurology
Northwestern University Medical School
Chicago, Illinois

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Program Agenda

Saturday, February 21, 2009

7:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 Welcome and Introduction
Alon Y. Avidan, MD, MPH
8:05 Why We Sleep?
Jerome Siegel, PhD
8:45 Updates of Insomnia Management
Sonia Ancoli-Israel, PhD
9:30 Treatment Options for Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
Phyllis Zee, MD, PhD
10:15 Break
10:30 Complex Nocturnal Behaviors
Alon Y. Avidan, MD, MPH
11:00 Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Restless Legs Syndrome
Alon Y. Avidan, MD, MPH
11:30 Panel Discussion
12:00 Adjourn

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Goals and Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
  • Appreciate the theories about the functions of sleep and gain basic understanding of sleep physiology.
  • Understand the underlying disorders of circadian function and describe current treatment options.
  • Formulate a practical approach for the diagnosis, evaluation and management of the major sleep disorders including insomnia, circadian rhythm abnormalities, obstructive sleep apnea and abnormal motor activity during sleep, including restless legs syndrome.

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The Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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The Ritz-Carlton
4375 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey, California 90292


Individuals are to pay their own parking charges at a rate of $10.00 per car.

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