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Sleep, Medicines and Society

This one day conference was held on Wednesday 5th November 2014, Radcliffe House, University of Warwick.

Participants and attendees were invited to discuss and debate the findings from the ESRC Medicated Sleep and Wakefulness Project

Speakers and discussants included:

  • Professor Jonathan Gabe, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Professor Simon Williams, University of Warwick
  • Professor John Abraham, King's College London
  • Dr. Catherine Coveney, University of Warwick/University of Sussex
  • Professor Paul Martin, University of Sheffield
  • Dr. Rob Meadows, University of Surrey
  • Professor Mike Calnan, University of Kent
  • Dr. Michelle Miller, Warwick Medical School
  • Mike O'Neil, Director of Narcolepsy UK
  • Professor Jim Horne, Loughborough Sleep Research Centre

Programme:


SESSION 1

The Sleep of the Nation, Professor Simon Williams, University of Warwick

Sleep Medicines: Trends, Regulation, Policy, Professor John Abraham, King's College London

Discussant: Dr. Rob Meadows, University of Surrey


SESSION 2

Prescriptions and Proscriptions: Moralising Sleeping Pills, Professor Jonathan Gabe, University of London

Medicating Sleep: Patient and Professional Perspectives on prescription hypnotics in UK Primary Care, Dr. Catherine Coveney

Discussant: Professor Mike Calnan, University of Kent


SESSION 3

Hynotics in the News, Professor Jonathan Gabe, University of London

Cognitive Enhancement, Sleep and Drugs, Dr. Catherine Coveney, University of Warwick/Sussex

Discussant: Professor Paul Martin, University of Sheffield


SESSION 4: OPEN DISCUSSION AND REFLECTIONS

Discussants: Dr. Michelle Miller, Warwick Medical School, Prof. Jim Horne, Loughborough University, Mike O'Neil, Narcolepsy UK

CASE STUDIES
A series of posters were displayed telling the personal stories around medicating sleep and wakefulness from some of our research participants. These can be viewed here.