First international higher education program in sleep medicine

The first CAS (Certificate of Advanced Studies) in "Sleep, Consciousness and Related Disorders" course is starting this autumn. The new higher education course in a growing field of medicine is a cooperation between the University of Bern and the Università della Svizzera italiana, as well as the Inselspital Bern and the Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale in Ticino.

Sleep is not just important for people and animals to save energy but also for the processes in the brain and various organs to recover and repair. Mechanisms associated with sleep also promote the development of the brain and cognition, and the brain’s ability to regenerate and restructure itself. Sleep-wake disorders can be the first signs of illnesses such as Parkinson’s and dementia or depression. It is therefore vital to map the importance of sleep for mental health, brain functions and physical performance in healthy and sick conditions with animals and humans.

The University of Bern is offering the CAS in "Sleep, Consciousness and Related Disorders" together with the Università della Svizzera italiana. It is the first international higher education program in Switzerland in the field of sleep medicine.

The course focuses on teaching the latest research findings in the field of sleep medicine, consciousness and its related disorders. Possible methods to measure the states of sleep and consciousness as well as proven approaches to treat known pathologies are going to be taught using various learning methods.

Great flexibility thanks to self-study

The CAS in "Sleep, Consciousness and Related Disorders" is a higher education program that takes just under a year and is aimed at international academics in the health sector who want a deeper knowledge and understanding of sleep medicine.

The program starts with a kick-off meeting in Bern in October 2018. The 10 ECTS to be acquired for the CAS are split up into four modules, half of which can be completed in self-study and therefore leaves participants with great flexibility to individually organise how they learn the subject matter.

Besides the self-study, a three-day seminar is held in Wengen that focuses on scientific research in sleep medicine. The CAS then ends in July 2019 with the renowned Sleep Medical Summer School SMSS, formerly Alpine Sleep Summer School ASSS, which is already being held for the fifth time in Lugano.

It is still possible to register for the first course starting on 18 October 2018 up to 31 August 2018. The first ten candidates benefit from a 50% reduction in CAS fees.