Opening Ceremony

municipal-house-Praha_24_570x411The Opening Ceremony of World Sleep 2017 will take place in the beautiful Municipal House located in the heart of Prague. This Art Nouveau treasure dominates the site of the former Royal Court. The ceremony will feature award presentations and classic Czech music played by a 65-piece orchestra. We expect over 1,000 delegates to attend this historic opening ceremony of the first joint congress of World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM) and World Sleep Federation (WSF).

All attendees must have official congress badge to attend.

World Sleep 2017 Opening Ceremony
Municipal House (Obecní dům)
Sunday, October 8, 2017


6.00 pm – 6.30 pm
Opening welcome:
Clete Kushida – President of the World Sleep Society
Luigi Ferini-Strambi – President of the World Association of Sleep Medicine
Claudia Trenkwalder – World Sleep Congress Program Committee
Irene Tobler-Borbely – Honorary World Sleep Congress co-chair
Christian Guilliminault – Honorary World Sleep Congress co-chair
Soňa Nevšímalová – Welcome from the host country

Sudhansu Chokroverty – Elsevier Sleep Medicine Awards

  • Christian Guilleminault Award
  • Elio Lugaresi Award

Liborio Parrino – Distinguished World Sleep Day Awards

  • 2017 Distinguished Activity Awards
  • 2016 Distinguished Activity Awards
  • 2015 Distinguished Activity Awards

6.30 pm-7.30 pm
Concert of the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Tomáš Brauner

Program (introduced by Cyril Höschl):

Bedřich Smetana: Vltava
Antonín Dvořák: Othello
Leos Janáček: Taras Bulba

7.30 pm – 9.00 pm
Reception and Networking

The Opening ceremony is included in World Sleep registration. Attendees must wear the World Sleep 2017 delegate badge to the opening ceremony. Please pick up your badge at Prague Congress Center prior to attending the opening ceremony. Staff will be on site to assist those who do not have badges.


Municipal House (Obecní dům)
nám. Republiky 5
111 21 Praha 1-Staré Město
Czech Republic

4.1 km from venue, Prague Congress Centre

Metro C (Red line) – take a direction Letnany, on the 4th step (Florenc) change to Metro B (Yellow line) direction Zlicin, go out the 1st step (Namesti Republiky).

Individuals and groups receiving awards at the Opening Ceremony

Young Investigator, Elsevier Awardees
The international panel of sleep specialists convened to score abstracts for the selection of the Elsevier Awards for 2017 to recognize two young basic and clinical sleep specialists. The panel, integrated by Antonio Culebras, MD (United States), Liborio Parrino, MD (Italy), Elena Majano, MD (El Salvador), and Melissa Lipford, MD (United States), has made the following selection:

Christian Guilleminault Award
Gianluca Sesso
Electrophysiological and microstructural features of sleep in children at high risk for depression: a preliminary study.

Elio Lugaresi Award
Tatyana Mollayeva
Sleep stage distribution in persons with mild traumatic brain injury: A polysomnographic study according to American Academy of Sleep Medicine Standards.

Young Investigator Awards 2017
Congratulations to the 18 winners of the 2107 Young Investigator Awards! Read winning abstract titles and scheduled times and locations.
Anabel Castro-Grattoni, Spain
Anja Holm, Denmark
Anupama Gupta, India
Carmen Gutierrez Muñoz, Spain
Danay Clarissa Espinoza Castro, Chile
Giovanni Piantoni, Netherlands
Gohei Yamada, Japan
Iana Andreieva, Ukraine
Janet M.Y. Cheung, Canada
Jennifer M Cori, Australia
Kangping Xiong, China
Lampros Perogamvros, Switzerland
Lucie Barateau, France
Michael Prerau, United States
Michela Figorilli, Italy
Rodrigo Tomazini Martins, Australia
Yaping Liu, Hong Kong
Yu Sun Bin, Australia

2017 World Sleep Day Distinguished Activity Awardees
Dr. Elena Majano de Carías (El Salvador)
Dr. Nevin Zaki / Dr. Nesreen Elmorsy & Mansoura University Safety Society (Egypt)
Montida Veeravigrom, M.D. / Sleep Society of Thailand (Thailand)
Dr. David Lira (Peru)
Dr. Laura Palagini / Italian Association of Sleep Medicine (Italy)
María Montserrat Sánchez Ortuño / School of Nursing University of Murcia (Spain)

2016 World Sleep Day Distinguished Activity Awardees
Portuguese Association of Chronobiology and Sleep Medicine and the Portuguese Society of Hypertension (Portugal)
Brazilian Sleep Society (Brazil)
Liborio Parrino (Italy)
Matilde Valecia Flores (Mexico)
Am Life International / Lew Mun Yee (Malaysia)

2015 World Sleep Day Distinguished Activity Awardees
Australasian Sleep Association and Sleep Health Foundation / Sarah Biggs (Australia & New Zealand)
Elena Majano (El Salvador)
Kiril Terziyski (Bulgaria)
Peruvian Institute of Neurosciences / David Lira (Peru)
Russian Society of Somnologists Youth Committee of Russian Society of Somnologists / Dr. Lyudmila Korostovtseva (Russia)

World Sleep Day Honorable Mention
Portuguese Sleep Association (Portugal)
Khosro Sadeghniiat Haghighi / Baharloo Hospital (Iran)
Lenise Jihe Kim / Brazilian Sleep Society (Brazil)
Dr. Miguel Meira e Cruz (Portugal)
Patricia van Wijk / SleepNet-BreatheNet Sleep Clinic (South Africa)
Dr. Surya Prakash (India)
Dr. Ravi Gupta / ISSR (India)
Rayleigh Ping-Ying Chiang / International Sleep Science and Technology Association & AM Life International (Malaysia)
Kenya Felicíssimo / Brazilian Association of Sleep (Brazil)
Associação Brasileira de Sono (Brazil)
Arla Cinderella Stokes Brackett (Guatemala)
Dia Mundial Del Sueno (Bolivia)
Prerana Garg (India)
Slavko Jankovic (Serbia)
Wojciech Kukwa (Poland)
Olga Lyshova (Russia)
Lia Maisuradze (Georgia)
Pakistan Pediatrics Association – Pulmonary Group and Department of Pediatrics (Pakistan)
Sleep Medicine and Research Center (Saudia Arabia)
Tushar Patel (India)
Mary Beth Valiulis (U.S.A.)