History

 

BELGIAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF SLEEP °1982

The Belgian Association for the Study of Sleep was founded in Brussels in 1982 by the Professors G. Franck, R. Matthys, J. Mendlewicz and J. Wilmotte.

The aims of the Association were:

  • to promote research and teaching in the field of sleep and related topics
  • to promote and facilitate the diffusion of knowledge related to sleep
  • to facilitate the contact and the collaboration between the centers interested in the study of sleep and also with other scientific societies.

Since its foundation the Association organized national and international scientific meetings on a two times/year basis. Some of these meetings were jointly organised with other Belgian scientific societies like the Belgian College of Neuro Psycho Pharmacology, the Belgian Pneumology Society, the Belgian Society for Clinical Neurophysiology. Joined meetings were also organized with the Dutch Society for Sleep-Wake Research and sleep researchers from the Luxembourg in Kempenhaeghe, (1998), in Esch-sur-Alzette (2000) and in Corsendonk (2002).

One major event in the history of the Association was the organization in Brussels in 1996 of the 13th congress of the European Sleep Research Society: 823 non-sleepy sleep researchers attended the congress held in the Brussels Congress Center from June 16 to June 21. The scientific programme involved 3 plenary lectures, 10 symposia plus the Young Scientist symposium, 18 oral sessions, 366 posters. The social programme allowed our guests to discover: the Comic Strips Museum during the welcome reception, the Sablon Church for the concert with the beautiful voices of the second and fourth Laureates of the 1996 International Queen Elisabeth Competition (Ana Camelia Stefanescu and Mariana Zvetkova), the Chateau de La Hulpe for the gala diner.

 

Pictures of the 13th ESRS congress - (temporarily unavailable)

 

(text and photographs courtesy of Dr. M. Kerkhofs, PhD)

 

In 2008, the silver jubilee was celebrated with a two-day symposium in Antwerp and a Jubilee book. It contains a splendid readable overview of the BASS history.

 

Jubilee Book BASS

 

Boards of Officers


1982-1984President: Prof. G. Franck; Vice-President: Prof R. Matthys; Secretary: Prof J. Mendlewicz;Treasurer: Prof J. Wilmotte

1984-1986President: Prof. J. Mendlewicz; Vice-President: Prof A. Kahn; Secretary: Prof G. Franck;Treasurer: Prof J. Wilmotte; Member: Dr J. De Roeck

1986-1988President: Prof A. Kahn; Vice-President: Dr J. De Roeck; Secretary: Prof R. Cluydts;Treasurer: Prof J. Wilmotte; Members: Prof R. De Buck; Dr R. Poirrier

1988-1992President: Prof A. Kahn; Vice President: Dr J. De Roeck; Secretary: Prof R. Cluydts;Treasurer: Prof J. Wilmotte; Members: Prof R. De Buck; Dr R. Poirrier; Dr M. Kerkhofs; Dr G. Aubert-Tulkens

1992-1996President: Dr J. De Roeck; Vice President: Dr M. Kerkhofs; Secretary: Dr R. Poirrier;Treasurer: Dr M. Schittecatte; Members: Prof R. Cluydts; Dr J. Groswasser; Dr G. Hoffmann; Dr B Van Sweden

1996-2000President: Dr M. Kerkhofs; Vice President: Prof R. Cluydts; Secretary: Dr R. Poirrier;Treasurer: Dr D. Pevernagie; Members: Dr O. Van Reeth; Dr G. Hoffmann; Dr B. Van Sweden; Dr P. Theys

2000-2004: President: Prof D. Pevernagie; Vice President: Prof. J. Groswasser; Secretary: Dr. K. Heyde; Treasurer: Dr. A. Volckaert; Members: Prof. P. Theys; Dr. A. Lacroix; Prof. O. Van Reeth; Dr. C. Doyen

2004-2008: President: Prof. D. Pevernagie; Vice President: Prof. J. Groswasser; Secretary: Dr. I. De Volder; Treasurer: Dr. A. Volckaert; Members: Prof. B. Buyse; Prof. R. Poirrier; Prof. J. Verbraecken; Dr. C. Doyen; Prof. E. De Valck

2008-2012: President: Prof. R. Poirrier; Vice President: Prof. B. Buyse, Prof. J. Verbraecken; Secretary: Dr. I. De Volder; Treasurer: Dr. A. Volckaert; Members: Prof. D. Pevernagie; Prof. G. Aubert; Prof. E. De Valck; Dr. K. Hertegonne

2012-2016: President: Prof. J. Verbraecken; Vice Presidents: Prof. R. Poirrier,  Prof. B. Buyse; Secretary: Dr. I. De Volder; Treasurer: Dr. A. Volckaert; Members: Prof. D. Pevernagie; Prof. E. De Valck; Dr. Sonia Scaillet, Dr. Daniel Neu.