The National Sleep Foundation is looking forward to its Sleep Health & Safety conference on March 17-18, 2011, at the JW Marriott in Washington, DC. Larry Culpepper, MD, and Charles Czeisler, PhD, MD, are cochairing a dual track program for healthcare professionals and researchers.

Dr Culpepper has developed the Health Care Professional Track curriculum for primary care physicians and other health care professionals. This continuing medical education course will be a practical primer on how to incorporate the latest sleep science into clinical practice and will include well-known faculty in sleep medicine and primary care, including Drs Meir Kryger, Tom Roth, James Pagel, and David Neubauer.

Dr Czeisler has designed the Public Health and Safety Track with “Extended Duration Work Shifts and Long Work Weeks” as the overall track theme. Sessions will highlight the intersection of current sleep research with public policy, including the effects of health care providers’ sleep on patient care; the impact of extending work hours; work duration and hours of service safety-related issues for pilots, truckers, and military personnel; and drivers’ safety.

Confirmed speakers include representatives from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, National Transportation Safety Board, and the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.

Throughout the conference, the Exhibit Hall will showcase the latest products and services from a variety of companies in the sleep field. Poster sessions will occur during breaks.

Registration is still open. Attendees are encouraged to register and reserve their rooms by February 14 to take advantage of lower registration rates and to ensure room availability.