History and Focus

In April 1989, an enthusiastic group of leading scientists convened an interdisciplinary conference on Sleep and Breathing at the Banff Centre for Continuing Education in Banff, Alberta, Canada. Their objective was to promote and enhance scientific progress in the field by creating a forum for exchange of new information on a comprehensive array of topics.

The symposium spurred vigorous scientific exchange and cross-fertilization of ideas which, in turn, led to new investigations, breakthrough developments and a strong interest to perpetuate this symposium. Thus, a solid bedrock was set for this meeting which has since took place every two years at locations around the globe, alternating between continental North America and around the globe.

See below all our locations by 2019

  • Tampere, Finland, 2019
  • Madison, Wisconsin, USA 2017 ( www.sleepandbreathing2017.org )
  • Porto de Galinhas, Pernambuco, Brazil, 2015
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 2013
  • Barcelona, Spain, 2011
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, 2009
  • Palm Cove, Queensland Australia, 2007
  • Newport, Rhode Island, USA, 2005
  • Reykjavik, Iceland, 2002
  • Sydney-Manly, New South Wales, Australia, 2000
  • Banff, Alberta, Canada, 1999
  • Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, 1997
  • Charlottesville, Virginia, USA 1995
  • Cairns, Queensland, Australia, 1993
  • Galveston, Texas, USA 1991
  • Banff, Alberta, Canada, 1989

The Meeting’s Focus

The S&B conferences are different from other conventional meetings. The S&B in Tampere will follow this tradition by combining basic and clinical science and senior and junior scientists in a creative and inspiring environment with plenty of spontaneous social networking interactions.

The meeting’s tradition is a focus on trainees and junior faculty. Senior investigators sponsor junior investigators to present original research and receive constructive feedback. The most meritorious papers are selected for our prestigious awards, including the Ann Suratt Award. The exceptional science presented never fails to generate animated discussions, which are further extended in an informal setting, as part of the evening social events where local history, music, dance and culinary culture are expressed.