Guest Editors W.T. McNicholas W.T. McNicholas is Newman Clinical Research Professor at University College Dublin (UCD Ireland) and Past President of the European Respiratory Society (ERS). He is also Director of the Pulmonary and Sleep Disorders Unit at St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland. He graduated in medicine from UCD in 1974 and was awarded the postgraduate MD degree by thesis in 1982 on ‘‘Pathophysiological mechanisms in sleep apnoea’’. Following specialist training and research at the University of Toronto (1977–1982), he established the Sleep Research Laboratory at St. Vincent’s University Hospital in 1983 and was appointed Consultant Respiratory Physician in 1984. His research interests include: the cell and molecular mechanisms and consequences of intermittent hypoxia the pathophysiology, treatment and outcomes of sleep apnoea syndrome the cardiovascular consequences of the disorder and sleep disturbances in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other chronic respiratory disorders. He was Chair of the EU COST Action B26 on cardiovascular risk in obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome (2006–2010) and also chaired the ERS Task Force on Public health and medico-legal implications of sleep apnoea, which provided the first data on driver licensing regulations in Europe relating to sleep disorders. He has been an Associate Editor for the European Respiratory Journal and Past President of the Irish Thoracic Society and the British Sleep Society. He was recently elected President of the European Board for Accreditation in Pneumology. He has published over 150 papers in PubMed listed journals in addition to 25 book chapters, and has edited two other textbooks on breathing disorders during sleep. M.R. Bonsignore M.R. Bonsignore is Associate Professor of Respiratory Medicine at the Biomedical Department of Internal and Specialist Medicine, Section of Pneumology, University of Palermo, Italy, and is undertaking research on respiratory pathophysiology during sleep and exercise at the Institute of Biomedicine and Molecular Immunology, National Council of Research, University of Palermo. M.R. Bonsignore is currently the Italian representative in the COST Domain Committee for Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences. From 2005 to 2006 she was the Chair of the EU COST Action B26 on cardiovascular risk in obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome. In 2008 she was an assembly delegate in the ERS Council, and from 2005 to 2009 she was the Director of the Residency Programme in Respiratory Medicine at the University of Palermo. M.R. Bonsignore graduated in medicine from the University of Palermo in 1979 and carried out her postdoctoral training at institutions in America, Norway and Italy. She has been awarded several honours including the Parker B. Francis Foundation Fellowship in 1983, the American Heart Association of California Fellowship in 1985, the Young Investigator Award Societa’ Italiana di Fisiopatologia Respiratoria in 1990 and the ERS Young Investigator Award in 1991. M.R. Bonsignore is an active member of several scientific societies including the American Physiological Society, ERS, Societa Italiana di Cardiologia and the American Thoracic Society. She is currently a member of the Editorial Board for Chest and serves as a reviewer for the European Respiratory Journal, Journal of Physiology, Hypertension, Medicine, Science in Sports and Exercise, British Journal of Sports Medicine, Japanese Journal of Physiology and Thorax. She is author of over 60 publications on sleep apnoea and exercise physiology. Eur Respir Mon 2010. 50, v. Printed in UK all rights reserved. Copyright ERS 2010. European Respiratory Monograph ISSN: 1025-448x. DOI: 10.1183/1025448x.00021210 v
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