Present on COVID-19 at SLEEP 2020

The Associated Professional Sleep Societies (APSS) is currently soliciting session proposals for Virtual SLEEP 2020, specific to basic, translational, and clinical efforts and findings related to COVID-19. These proposals must be sleep-related. Up to four sleep and COVID-19 related sessions will be considered for inclusion in the Virtual SLEEP meeting in a one hour and 45 minute time slot.

Submissions must be emailed to [email protected] no later than Monday, June 8, and must include the following information:

  • Session Title
  • Track
  • Learning objectives
  • Content (500-word limit, should explain the background, purpose, and significance of the proposed topic).
  • Detailed agenda for the session
  • Presentation preference: Live or pre-recorded
  • List of each speaker’s first and last name and email address (max of four)

Continuing Education Information

Continuing education credit will be provided to attendees of all sessions.

Accreditation Statement

SLEEP 2020 meeting activities have been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, LLC (APSS). The American Academy of Sleep Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

In order to comply with the guidelines that must be followed to offer continuing education credit, all session speakers must comply with the conflict of interest policy below.

Conflict of Interest Policy

Prior to the activity, each speaker must verbally disclose to his/her audience that the individual and his/her spouse (if applicable) have no relevant financial relationship(s) with a commercial interest OR have any relevant financial relations with a commercial interest. The following information must be submitted for each speaker/author:

  • The name(s) of any commercial interest(s) with which the individual and his/her spouse has relevant financial relationship(s) and the nature of the relationship(s);
  • A maximum of three (3) citations that reference the best available evidence in support of the topic; and
  • A curriculum vitae.

Instructions for submission will be provided upon receipt of notification of acceptance.

Commercial interest(s) is defined as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients, with the exemption of non-profit, government organizations and non-health care related companies.

Relevant financial relationship(s) is defined as relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest.

The nature of the relationship(s) is defined as financial relationships in which the individual or his/her spouse benefits by receiving income, salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fees, honoraria, or other financial benefits. Financial benefits are typically associated with roles such as employment, consulting, investigational or contract research, speaking/teaching, membership or advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities from which compensation is received or expected.

Additionally, speakers cannot promote any commercial interests during their presentation. This includes, but may not be limited to, displaying logos and/or advertising in their presentations. Please keep in mind that commercial interests include educational events and materials from which an individual receives honoraria, travel reimbursement or royalties.

If a speaker does not comply with the APSS Conflict of Interest Policy, the speaker will not be permitted to participate in the program and may be banned from participating in future meetings. The APSS Program Committee will review the disclosures of financial relationships and citations to ensure compliance with the requirements stated above.

To comply with some requirements, a presentation outline may be requested from a speaker in advance of the meeting depending on his/her potential conflicts.

Speakers will be required to disclose any relevant financial relationships with commercial interest verbally during their sessions. Further information and instructions will be provided to speakers in advance of the meeting.