VUB organises symposium on sleep and sleep medicine

VUB organises symposium on sleep and sleep medicine

On Thursday 14 March, World Sleep Day, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel’s University Dental Centre (UTC-VUB) is hosting the symposium “Sleep and sleep medicine: the role of the dentist, speech therapist, ENT doctor, OMF doctor and oral hygienist in the clinical care pathway”.

The full-day programme focuses on a practice-oriented approach to sleep-related orofacial dysfunctions, disorders that occur in the mouth and face during sleep. They take various forms that have a negative impact on health and well-being, such as teeth grinding and sleep apnoea.

The symposium frames these dysfunctions within a broad international context. International opinion leaders will speak and come together to develop an evidence-based platform, in collaboration with domestic and foreign universities and professional organisations. The aim of the platform is to develop and promote guidelines in post-graduate education and practice for the relevant care providers.

Register via this link.


  • 8.30-9.00: Registration
  • 9.00-9.15: Introduction of UTC, VUB and UZ Brussel: common role in diagnosis and therapy of sleep dysfunction
    Prof dr Miche De Meyer (VUB) & Dr Sonia De Weerdt (UZ Brussel)
  • 9.15-10.45: Training and screening for obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA): part 1 & 2
    • 1. The role and training of orofacial clinicians in sleep medicine (national and international - Dutch) Prof dr Miche De Meyer (VUB)
    • 2. Bio-markers in screening for OSA
      (English) Prof dr Susana Falardo (U Católica Portugal; EADSM)
  • 10.45-11.15: Coffee break
  • 11.15-12.45: Keynote: How orofacial dysfunctions interfere with sleep quality: from research to clinic
    Prof dr Gilles Lavigne – CHUM Montréal
  • 12.45-13.45: Lunch
  • 13.45-15.15: Keynote: The link between sleep bruxism and OSA with oral appliance therapy
    Prof dr Cibele Dal Fabbro – Université de Montréal
  • 15.15-15.45: Coffee break
  • 15.45-17.15: Clinical duos in therapy for OSA
    • ENT doctor in evidence-based screening and therapies in OSA
      Prof dr Olivier Vanderveken (Ibedsma & UZA)
    • Myofunctional therapy in OSA: dos and don’ts
      Prof dr Susana Falardo (U Católica Portugal; EADSM)
    • Preventive orthodontics for OSA
      Prof dr Karlien Asscherickx (VUB)
    • Preventive and curative OMF surgery for OSA
      Dr Ellen Collier (UZA)
  • 17.15-20.30: Reception


Thursday 14 March

UTC, Laarbeeklaan 103, building K
​1090 Jette, Brussels Health Campus


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​+32 473 27 23 61


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