OGDEN, Utah, April 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Former Arizona Cardinals NFL player, and Pro-Player Health Alliance Sleep Apnea Awareness Advocate, Mark Walczak, undergoes a live public sleep study presented by the American Sleep and Breathing Academy to help raise awareness for sleep disorder treatment and education. ASBA's first public sleep study will be webcast alongside a clinical rotation for sleep health professionals and will be open for observation by registered attendees of the American Sleep & Breathing Academy's Sleep and Wellness 2014: A Conference for Healthcare Professionals, held at the Radisson Ft. McDowell in Scottsdale, AZ, May 1st-3rd. ASBA's guests observing Walczak's sleep study includes top medical sleep experts and pioneers in the field of sleep science from around the world.
Experts in attendance and available for media interviews regarding the field of sleep science include:
-William Charles Dement, MD, Ph.D., otherwise known as "The Father of Sleep Medicine" of Stanford University School of Medicine
-Dr. Emmanuel Mignot, the world's leading voice on narcolepsy and Stanford School of Medicine Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and Director of the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine, internationally recognized for discovering the cause of Narcolepsy.
-The Honorable Mark R. Rosekind, Ph.D., 40th Member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
-Congressman Marty Russo, IL (ret)
-Archie Roberts, NFL player, respected cardiac surgeon and Founder of HOPE
-Cheryl Forberg, NYT best-selling author and nutritionist for NBC's The Biggest Loser
-Lauri Loewenberg, Dr. Oz Resident ShareCare Member and Resident Dream Expert
-Tim Meyers, Assistant Executive Director Brands Management, AARC
ASBA's first multi-disciplinary accredited sleep study open to the public through webcast, is presented in partnership with the AARC. Sleep technicians will begin placing leads on Mr. Walczak starting at 7:00 P.M. MST. The complete 12 hour free public sleep study live stream viewing can be found at sleepstudy.americansleepandbreathingacademy.com.
"Live sleep studies are a vital part of educating sleep professionals in clinical rounds, but also is a great tool for the public to increase understanding of the importance of a full attended in-lab study while considering their diagnostic and treatment options for sleep disorders. Attended sleep studies provide vital information to the patient and the attending physician that can only occur in the laboratory. It is ASBA's mission to offer an integrated safe house for a multi-disciplinary team approach to improve patient outcomes. We focus our education on sleep professionals and their clinics, sleep disorder patients and community education for greater progress in the field of sleep medicine," says ASBA Director, Jeanette Robins.
The American Sleep and Breathing Academy (ASBA) is a non-profit organization focused on multi-disciplinary integrated sleep education and treatment.
If you are interested in scheduling interviews with any of our expert guests, please contact Carrie Hill.
Special thanks to Respironics for providing the diagnostic and PAP therapy, MVAP for providing the ancillary equipment, Gergen's Orthodontic Lab for providing the Dental Device, Sleep Institute Medical Clinic for staffing this sleep study, and Remzzz's for CPAP mask liners.
Other public education materials include the Sleep & Wellness Magazine at SleepandWellness.net
About The American Sleep & Breathing Academy:
The American Sleep & Breathing Academy is an educational institution for sleep disorders. The organization serves the community at large and educates medical doctors and other sleep health providers, in the field of sleep science and sleep disorders. In addition to organizing and hosting wellness events such as the 2014 conference, the Academy publishes a quarterly publication, Sleep & Wellness Magazine, which can be ordered through the company website, www.sleepandwellness.net Visit www.americansleepandbreathingacademy.com for more information.
About the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC):
The American Association for Respiratory Care will be in collaboration with the ASBA at this conference to assist the Academy in its mission to improve patient care through clinical and continuing education. The AARC supports the Academy in its commitment to provide quality sleep disorder education for respiratory therapists and credentialed sleep technologists. The AARC is headquartered in Irving, TX, and is a professional association of respiratory therapists that focuses primarily on respiratory therapy education and research. The organization's goals are to ensure that respiratory patients receive safe and effective care from qualified professionals as well as supporting respiratory health care providers. The association continues to advocate on behalf of pulmonary patients, including sleep patients, for appropriate access to respiratory services provided by qualified professionals. Further information about the AARC and how to become a respiratory therapist is available at www.AARC.org.
Medical Accreditation at the 2014 Sleep and Wellness Conference: A Conference for Healthcare Professionals:
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the University of Nevada School of Medicine and American Sleep and Breathing Academy. The University of Nevada School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education to physicians. The University of Nevada School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 19 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Visit the University of Nevada School of Medicine for more information.
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SOURCE American Sleep and Breathing Academy