Conferences - The Annual Alaska Sleep Conference 2017 - Sleep and Performance

The Annual Alaska Sleep Conference 2017 - Sleep and Performance
Anchorage, Alaska at Hotel Captain Cook
September 22, 2017 - September 24, 2017
See pricing table below
Brochures and mail-in forms: PDF 4th_Annual_Alaska_Sleep_Conference_308V.pdf  

Please register early; on-site registration is $45.00 higher than pre-registration cost

 This activity is jointly provided by Global Education Group and Ganesco, Inc, and planned in collaboration with Anchorage Sleep Center. 

Conference Director: Paul Raymond, MD


This conference is not yet open for registration.


 Physician Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Global Education Group (Global) and Ganesco, Inc.  Global is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

* This CME/CE activity complies with all requirements of the federal Physician Payment Sunshine Act. If a reportable event is associated with this activity, the accredited provider managing the program will provide the appropriate physician data to the Open Payments database.

 Physician Credit Designation

Global Education Group designates this live activity for a maximum of 20.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing Continuing Education

Global Education Group is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s COA. This educational activity for 20.75 contact hours is provided by Global Education Group. Nurses should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurse Practitioner Continuing Education

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation standards of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) through joint providership of Global Education Group and Ganesco. Global Education Group is accredited by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as an approved provider of nurse practitioner continuing education. Provider number 1561024. This activity is approved for 20.75 contact pharmacology hours to be dependent upon clinical review. 

Activity ID #2437L. 

This activity was planned in accordance with AANP CE Standards and Policies. 

Dentistry Accreditation Statement

Global Education Group is designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. The formal continuing education programs of this program provider are accepted by AGD for Fellowship, Mastership and membership maintenance credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from 6/1/2015 to 5/31/2019. Provider ID# 3295569. This activity has been approved for a maximum of 20.75 CE credits for dentistry professionals.

Nurse Practitioner Continuing Education

Global Education Group is approved as a provider of nurse practitioner continuing education by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners: AANP Provider Number 110121. This program has been approved for 23 contact hours of continuing education.

 Physician Assistants

AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 20.75 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

For information about the accreditation of this program, please contact Laura Gilsdorf at Global at 303.395.1782 ext 78 or

Sleep Technologists

AAST CEC program application for 20.75 hours has been submitted for approval. 

Respiratory Therapists

Application has been made to the American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC) for 20.75 continuing education contact hours for Respiratory Therapists. 

Disclosure Of Conflicts Of Interest

Global Education Group (Global) and Ganesco, Inc. requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals and their spouse/life partner who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified conflicts of interest are thoroughly vetted by Global for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies mentioned in the materials or used as the basis for content, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations. Disclosure information will be provided to participants prior to the beginning of the educational activity.

Americans With Disabilities Act

Event staff will be glad to assist you with any special needs, i.e., physical, dietary, etc. Please contact Nancy Nunley prior to the live event at



 This year’s meeting is going to be AWESOME!

Join us at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage, Alaska on September 22-24th for three full days of immediately relevant Continuing Education in Sleep Medicine. Each day is designed to focus on various aspects of how sleep affects our performance - in athletics, in our day-to-day work and in young children and teenagers. Day One has three break-out sessions for our different audiences areas of specific interest; the General Session brings the attendees all back together focusing on how sleep affects athletic performance - whether its the professional athlete, the weekend warrior or aspiring high school and college athletes.

The host hotel for the 4th Annual Alaska Sleep Conference is The Hotel Captain Cook; Alaska’s only member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, an organization of 620 of the finest independently owned and managed hotels and resorts across the world. Each property within the organization is required to maintain criteria to qualify for membership and excels at providing distinctive experiences that are far beyond the ordinary.

The Hotel Captain Cook was recently inducted into Historic Hotels of America, the official travel organization of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The National Trust founded Historic Hotels with 32 charter members in 1989 for Historic Preservation. Since that time, only 275 hotels and resorts across America have been awarded this prestigious honor for preserving and maintaining their historic integrity, architecture and ambiance.


A limited number of rooms are available at the conference rate of $160; rates do not include any taxes in effect at the time of the meeting, which shall be added to the room rates. These special rates three days before & three days after the meeting dates. If you are visiting Alaska for the first time, take a few days before the meeting and use Anchorage as your base to explore!

The Cut-Off Date for these rates is August 23, 2017. Reservation requests received after the cut-off date will be accepted on a space available basis.To reserve your room at the Hotel Captain Cook, call the hotel at 800.843.1950 and refer to the Alaska Sleep Conference meeting or go online at

 Thank you to all the companies planning to exhibit at this year's meeting - a special thank you to our Platinum level companies, Vanda Pharmaceuticals and Alaska Neurology Center

2017 Exhibitors: American Association of Sleep Technologists, Alaska Neurology Center, Dymedix Diagnostics, Inc, Fisher & Paykel, Geneva Woods Pharmacy, Healthy Start, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, MVAP, NorthWest Medical, Nihon Kohden, North Star Behaviorial Health, Philips Respironics, Procare Homecare, Vanda Pharmaceuticals, Vyaire


Alaska Sleep 2017 is a three day conference. Please sign up for each day you wish to attend; please note however, sometimes we cannot avoid changing the agenda due to speaker scheduling conflicts. The online version you see below will always contain the most recent information. Registration includes continental breakfast and lunch on each day. Please make sure to check in each day of the conference at the beginning of the day to ensure that proper credit can be provided.

Friday, September 22nd

The first optional day of the conference starts with continental breakfast during the registration hour. Exhibits will be open during registration, breaks and lunch.

7:15 - 8:00

Registration, Breakfast and Exhibits Open

8:00 - 8:10

Opening Remarks

Paul Raymond, MD


Sleep in Athletes: A Wake Up Call

Alon Avidan, MD

8:50 - 9:30

Emergence of Sleep Science in the Sports World

Brendan Duffy, RPSGT

9:30 - 12:30

Concurrent Break-out Sessions

Select One Track


Track 1: Dream Team Coaching

This track is best suited for the non-sleep specialist practitioner (athletic trainers, coaches, HR, etc.) to gain a grounding - and for Sleep Practitioners a review - in the science, current protocols, terminology and practices of sleep medicine.

  • Understanding the Underlying Tenets of Sleep Apnea
  • Consumer Technology, e.g., specialized clothing and monitoring
  • Why athletes should have baseline sleep studies
  • Sleep Medications and Athletic Performance

Paul Raymond, MD; Clay Triplehorn, DO; Brendan Duffy, RPSGT; Marta Maczaj, MD; Charles Czeisler, MD

Track 2: Bring on the Experts

This track is suited for Pulmonologists, RPSGTs and other Clinical Sleep Practitioners.

  • Consumer Technology, sleep and performance - specialized clothing and monitoring
  • Interactive exercise: Updates in treatment modalities and selection - using the right modality for each patient
  • Sleep Medications and Athletic Performance

Paul Raymond, MD; Clay Triplehorn, DO; Kevin Easley, DMD; Douglas Jay Schleimer, RPSGT; Marta Maczaj, MD

Track 3: The Dental Sleep Team MVPs

This track is suited for physicians, dentists and other sleep clinicians treating Sleep Disordered Breathing

  • Clinical Practice Guideline for Oral Appliance Therapy
  • The use of oral appliances to enhance athletic performance
  • Collaborative Care Using Dental Therapy

Kevin Easley, DMD; Jerry Hu, DMD; Owen Mandanas, DDS

12:30 - 1:30

Lunch and Exhibits Open

1:30 - 2:15

Sleep Wearables and Technology - Are They Ready for Prime Time?

Brendan Duffy, RPSGT

2:15 - 3:00

The Athlete Sleep Screening Questionnaire: A Validated Tool for Assessing Sleep in Elite Athletes

Amy Bender, PhD

3:00 - 3:15


3:15 - 4:00

Circadian Effect on Sports Performance

Charles Czeisler, MD

4:00 - 4:45

Travel Fatigue and Jet Lag Management to Speed Adaptation upon Arrival

Amy Bender, PhD



Saturday, September 23rd

7:15 - 8:00

Registration, Breakfast and Exhibits Open

8:00 - 8:15

Opening Remarks

Paul Raymond, MD

8:15 - 9:15

Sleep & Aging: What Lies Beneath

Alon Avidan, MD

9:15 - 10:15

Resolving Sleep Problems in the Transportation Industry

Marta Maczaj, MD

10:15 - 10:25


10:25 - 11:25

Sleep and Fatigue Management in the Workplace: Jet lag & travel fatigue for business management

Charles Czeisler, MD

11:25 - 12:10

Multi-disciplinary Approach to the Treatment: Which Patients Get Which Treatment and in What Order?

Moderator: Paul Raymond, MD

Discussants: Alon Avidan, MD; Charles Czeisler, MD; Marta Maczaj, MD

12:10 - 1:00

Lunch and Exhibits Open

1:00 - 2:00

The Spectrum of Sleep Disorders Incited by Trauma

Vincent Mysliwiec, MD

2:00 - 3:00

Improve Sleep to Enhance Performance in the Workplace

Marta Maczaj, MD

3:00 - 3:15


3:15 - 4:00

Sleep Hygiene in today’s Bright and Noisy world: Electronic Media and Sleep

Paul Raymond, MD; Clay Triplehorn, DO

4:00 - 4:45

“Prescribing Sleep”

Clay Triplehorn, DO

Sunday, September 24th

7:15 - 8:15

Registration, Breakfast and Exhibits Open

8:15 - 8:30

Opening Remarks

Paul Raymond, MD

8:30 - 9:15

Craniofacial Development in Children and Social/Academic Performance 

Owen Mandanas, DDS


Sleep as we age - Toddlers through Teens - Sleep Duration Recommendations

 Rafael Pelayo, MD

10:00 - 10:45

Adolescent Sleep and School Start Times

Terra Ziporyn Snider, PhD

10:45 - 11:00


11:00 - 12:00

Blueprint for Change: Case Studies of Schools that Have Delayed Bell Times Successfully

Terra Ziporyn Snider, PhD

12:00 - 1:00

Lunch and Exhibits Open

1:00 - 2:00

Behavioral Interventions to Improve Sleep in Children and Adolescents

Rafael Pelayo, MD

2:00 - 2:15


2:15 - 3:15

"Sleep Jeopardy" with audience participation led by Dr. Avidan

Alon Avidan, MD

3:15 - 4:15

Case Studies, Questions & Take-Aways Roundtables

Alon Avidan, MD; Paul Raymond, MD: Rafael Pelayo, MD; Kevin Easley, DMD

4:15 - 4:30

Closing Remarks

Paul Raymond, MD





Each day of the conference starts with continental breakfast during the registration hour. Exhibits will be open during registration, breaks and lunch. You can register for individual days; however, the better deal is to register for more than one day.


Cancellation Policy

Your registration is refundable if you notify Ganésco by fax (904.212.2044) or by phone (412.370.1749) at least seven (7) days before the meeting.


Faculty Speakers

Alon Y. Avidan, MD, MPH: Professor & Vice Chair UCLA Department of Neurology; Director, UCLA Sleep Disorders Center, David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles, CA

Amy M. Bender, PhD: Sleep Scientist, Centre for Sleep & Human Performance, Mitacs Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Calgary, Faculty of Kinesiology, Calgary, AB

Charles A. Czeisler, MD, PhD: Professor of Sleep Medicine, Division of Sleep Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA

Brendan Duffy, RPSGT, RST, CSE: Sleep Disorders Center Coordinator, St Charles Hospital Sleep Disorders Center, Port Jefferson, NY

Kevin W. Easley, DMD: President, Kevin M. Easley DMD, PC and Easley Dental Sleep Solutions, Anchorage, AK

Jerry C. Hu, DDS, D-ABDSM, D-ASBAOwner, President of Dr. Hu Family Dentistry, LLC. Performance Guards And Airway for Athletes, Soldotna & Anchorage, AK

Marta Maczaj, MD, MBA: Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY; Co-Director, St. Charles Sleep Disorders Center, St. Charles Hospital and Rehabilitation Center, Port Jefferson, NY 

Owen Mandanas, DDS: President, Mandanas Dental, Anchorage, Alaska

Vincent Mysliwiec, MD: Associate Professor of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD; Adjoint Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, TX, Sleep Medicine Fellowship Director and Sleep Medicine Consultant to the Army Surgeon General, SAMHS Sleep Medicine Service, Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Clinic, Lackland A.F.B, Texas

Raphael Pelayo, MD: Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences - Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine, Redwood City, CA

Paul Raymond, MD: Medical Director, Anchorage Sleep Center, Anchorage, AK; Wasilla Sleep Center, Wasilla, AK, Fairbanks Sleep Center, Fairbanks, AK & Juneau Sleep Center, Juneau, AK

Douglas Jay Schleimer, RPSGT: Sleep Technologist, Anchorage Sleep Center, Anchorage, AK

Terra Ziporyn Snider, PhD: Executive Director and Co-Founder, Start School Later, Inc, Annapolis, MD

Clay Triplehorn, DO: Physician, Banner Health, Tanana Valley Clinic Family Medical, Fairbanks, AK