Course Information
12th Annual UCLA Sleep Medicine Course: Sleep Disturbances Across the Life Cycle

Neuroscience Research Building
Auditorium (NRB), UCLA Campus
635 Charles E. Young Drive South
Los Angeles, California
January 12, 2019
*Please note that the course syllabus will be available online only to registered attendees.
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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 help clinicians identify and treat major sleep disorders as they present across the life cycle from childhood to older age. Pediatricians are often challenged by a variety of sleep disorders in their patients ranging from insomnia and circadian rhythm disorders to sleep apnea and sleepiness. In fact, data show that symptoms of narcolepsy first begin during adolescence, yet the majority of patients are incorrectly diagnosed or treated. Sleep disorders in pregnancy consist of restless legs syndrome, worsening of sleep apnea symptoms and insomnia. Menopause is likely to be associated with insomnia which perpetuates poor sleep into older age. Older patients sometimes present with depression and cognitive disturbances which are occasionally attributable to disturbed sleep.

Discussion of sleep problems unique to each age group will be presented including chronic insomnia, excessive sleepiness and narcolepsy, sleep apnea, parasomnias and restless legs syndrome.

A major goal of the course is to provide practitioners with current updates and clinical pearls to help them differentiate between multiple causes of sleepiness and insomnia in specific age groups, including disturbed sleep in the setting of childhood, adolescence, pregnancy, menopause and dementia.

Target Audience

This course will target clinicians and healthcare providers who regularly encounter patients with sleep complaints. Given the focus this year on sleep disturbances across the life cycle of patients, the course is particularly useful to family physicians, primary care physicians, internists, pediatricians, obstetricians and gynecologists, neurologists, geriatric medicine specialists, psychiatrists, psychologists and other specialists who are likely to encounter patients with sleep disturbances.

Registration Information


To enroll click here.

By Mail

Send the completed enrollment form to:

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

By Fax

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

By Phone

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

Course Fees

  • $150.00


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


Course Director

Alon Y. Avidan, MD, MPH
Professor and Vice Chair
UCLA Department of Neurology
Director, UCLA Sleep Disorders Center
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA


Sonia Ancoli-Israel, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Medicine
Professor of Research
Department of Psychiatry
University of California, San Diego

Lois Krahn, MD
Professor of Psychiatry
Mayo Clinic Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona

Iqbal Rashid, MD
Assistant Professor
Division of Pediatric Pulmonology & Sleep Medicine
Department of Pediatrics
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Alisha West, MD
Associate Professor In Residence
UCLA Department of Head and Neck Surgery
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Program Agenda

Saturday, January 12, 2019

7:50 Welcome and Introduction
Alon Y. Avidan, MD, MPH
Module I: Sleep Disorders in Early Life
8:00 Childhood Insomnia and Disturbed Sleep
Alon Y. Avidan, MD, MPH
8:30 Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Alisha West, MD
Module II: Sleep Disorders in Adults
9:00 Excessive Daytime Sleepiness and Narcolepsy: Presentation, Evaluation and Management
Lois Krahn, MD
9:45 Break
10:00 Insomnia, Parasomnias and Restlessness at Night
Alon Y. Avidan, MD, MPH
Module III: Sleep Disturbances in Women
10:45 Sleep Problems in Women
Sonia Ancoli-Israel, PhD
Module IV: Sleep Disorders in Older People
11:15 Sleep in Older Age
Sonia Ancoli-Israel, PhD
12:00 Questions and Answers
12:45 Adjourn


At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Formulate a practical approach for management of the major sleep disorders in adults including insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea and abnormal motor activity during sleep, including restless legs syndrome.
  • Appreciate the causes of sleepiness in children, adults and older persons.
  • Identify issues and challenges in the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric sleep disorders, especially sleep apnea.
  • Identify the differential diagnosis of excessive daytime somnolence and recognize the specific clinical presentation of narcolepsy.
  • Recognize the diagnostic tools available in the evaluation of narcolepsy and utilize treatment modalities currently available.


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 live activity for a maximum of 4.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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Neuroscience Research Building
Auditorium (NRB), UCLA Campus
635 Charles E. Young Drive South
Los Angeles, California 90095


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