Hungarian Society for Sleep Medicine

Year of foundation: 1997

Number of members: 120

Address of the society: H- 1126 Hertelendy u. 13. Budapest

President:     Béla Faludi MD, PhD, habil.

                     Dept. of Neurology

                     University of Pécs, Pécs, Hungary, H-7623

                     e-mail: bela.faludi@gmail.com

The Hungarian Sleep Research Society has been established by neurologists, pulmonologists, psychiatrists, family doctors, internal specialists, pediatricians and psychologists with the main aim of organizing sleep medicine in Hungary, establishing competent Sleep Medicine Centres (SMC), providing the technical, organizational and personnel requirements for the operation of these centres, preparing advanced professional recommendations considered to be the basis of quality assurance in the fields of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures and having such recommendations recognized. In the frame of this activity, successful co-operation has been developed with both the European Sleep Research Society and the Hungarian organizations representing the related disciplines.

Today, recommendations complying with European guidelines are available in the field of the treatment of sleep-related respiratory disorders, sleep-related motility disorders, daytime hypersomnia and insomnia. The recommendations have been acknowledged, in agreement with the competent professional boards, also by the Ministry of Health since 2008. These recommendations, which can be checked and serve as a basis for quality assurance, enabled that the special diagnostic and therapeutic processes of sleep disorders are now available with social security support. There is continuous communication in this subject between the society’s management and the National Insurer.

Following the guidelines of the European Sleep Research Society, the accreditation procedure of Hungarian sleep research laboratories was started in 2005. The Accreditation Committee established by the management audits the laboratories every 2 years and judges new applications by rating them in three categories: fully complies with SMC requirements, complies with SMC requirements with corrections, failed to comply. In accordance with the specified criterions, SMC qualification was granted for 8 applicants, while 2 applications have been denied.

The base of our professional activity is constituted by 7 accredited Sleep Medicine Centres in the capital of Budapest and in the regional centres, whose work is based on mutual and ever-improving co-operation with the participants of primary and specialised care.

The present situation is demonstrated by the following table:

1. Honvédkórház, Alvásdiagnosztikai és Terápiás Laboratórium (Military Hospital, Sleep Medicine Center), 1134 Budapest, Róbert Károly krt. 44.
Head: Dr. habil. Szakács Zoltán PhD

2. Neurológiai Klinika DE KK , Alvásdiagnosztikai és Terápiás Laboratórium (University of Debrecen, Dept. of Neurology, Sleep Medicine Center), 4024 Debrecen, Móricz Zsigmond krt. 22.
Head: Dr. Kozák Norbert

3. Neurológiai Klinika PTE KK, Alvásdiagnosztikai és Terápiás Laboratórium (University of Pécs, Dept. of Neurology, Sleep Medicine Center), 7623 Pécs, Rét u. 2.
Head: Dr. habil. Faludi Béla PhD

4. Heim Pál Gyermekkórház Alvásdiagnosztikai és Terápiás Laboratórium (Heim Pál Children Hospital, Sleep Medicine Center), 1089 Budapest, Delej u. 13-15.
Head: Dr. Benedek Pálma PhD

5. I. sz. Gyermekklinika,   Alvásdiagnosztikai és Terápiás Laboratórium (Semmelweis University, 1st Depearment of Pediatrics, Sleep Medicine Center), 1083 Budapest, Bókay János u. 53-54.
Head: Prof. Dr. Szabó Attila

6. Országos Korányi Tbc és Pulmonológiai Intézet, Alvásdiagnosztikai és Terápiás Laboratórium (National Inst. of Pulmonology, Sleep Lab.), 1529 Budapest, Pihenő utca 1
Head: Prof. Dr. Böszörményi Nagy György

7. Pest megyei Tüdőgyógyintézet, Alvásdiagnosztikai és Terápiás Laboratórium (Inst. of Pulmonology, Sleep Lab.), 2045 Törökbálint, Munkácsy Mihály utca 70
Head: Dr. Várdi Katalin

8. Semmelweis Egyetem, Plmonológiai Klinika,Alvásdiagnosztikai és Terápiás Laboratórium (Semmelweis University, Dept. of Pulmonology, Sleep Lab.), 1021 Budapest, Diósárok út 1/c
Head: Dr. Kunos László

9. Somno Center Szeged, 725 Szeged, Kálvária Sgt. 57
Head: Dr. Várszegi Mária PhD

10. Somnocenter Budapest, 1012 Budapest, Márvány u. 17.

11. Somnocenter Pécs,  7626 Pécs, Vadász u. 6., fsz.3.
Head: Dr. habil. Faludi Béla PhD

In order to update professional guidelines and further increase the health service capacity of Sleep Medicine Centres, the training of medical specialists and healthcare personnel has become inevitable.

The training of somnologists and the further training of sleep research technicians were therefore initiated in compliance with the guidelines issued by the European Sleep Research Society in 2009. A Committee on Further Training was established which organizes examinations for specialised doctors and informs them about the opportunity. The sets of requirements relating to theoretical and practical tests and meeting domestic needs have been elaborated along with the questions in theoretical and practical examinations as well as the scope of knowledge to be mastered.

From April 2010, 19 applicants were qualified as somnologists.



Dr. Benedek Pálma

Heim Pál gyermekkórház, Budapest


Dr. Bernáth István

Állami Egészségügyi Központ, Alvásdiagnosztikai és Terápiás laboratórium, Budapest


Prof. Dr. Böszörményi Nagy György

Országos Korányi Tbc és Pulmonológiai Intézet, Alvásdiagnosztikai laboratórium, Budapest


Dr. Faludi Béla

Neurológiai klinika PTE ÁOK, Alvásdiagnosztikai és Terápiás laboratórium, Pécs


Prof. Dr.Halász Péter



Dr. Horváth Róbert

Somno Center Dél-Buda Alvásdiagnosztikai Központ


Dr. Kozák Norbert

Neurológiai klinika DEOEC, Alvásdiagnosztikai és Terápiás laboratórium, Debrecen


Dr. Köves Péter

Állami Egészségügyi Központ, Alvásdiagnosztikai és Terápiás laboratórium, Budapest


Dr. Kunos László

Semmelweis Egyetem, Pulmonológiai Klinika, Alvásdiagnosztikai laboratórium, Budapest


Dr. Magyar Tünde

Neurológiai klinika DEOEC, Alvásdiagnosztikai és Terápiás laboratórium, Debrecen


Dr. Munkácsy Csaba


Dr. Novák Márta

Semmelweis Egyetem, Magatartástudományi Intézet, Alváskutatási tudományos műhely, Budapest


Dr. Szakács Zoltán

Állami Egészségügyi Központ, Alvásdiagnosztikai és Terápiás laboratórium, Budapest


Dr. Szűcs Anna

Országos Idegtudományi Intézet, Budapest


Dr. Terray Horváth Attila

Állami Egészségügyi Központ, Alvásdiagnosztikai és Terápiás laboratórium, Budapest


Dr. Várdi Visy Katalin

Pest megyei Tüdőgyógyintézet, Alvásdiagnosztikai laboratórium, Törökbálint


Dr. Várszegi Mária

Somno Center Szeged Dél-Alföldi Regionális Alvásdiagnosztikai és Terápiás Központ


Dr. Vida Zsuzsanna

Állami Egészségügyi Központ, Alvásdiagnosztikai és Terápiás laboratórium, Budapest


Dr. Zoller Rezső

I. Belgyógyászati Klinika légzés- és alvásfiziológiai laboratórium

The manuscript ‘Sleep Medicine’ summarizing the minimum theoretical and practical requirements of somnology was published in 2008, which – besides being demanded by medical experts – has become the textbook of somnology exams and is recommended for reading at the Faculty of General Medicine in Semmelweis University of Budapest. In the ‘Neurology’ textbook under publication, sleep and sleep disorders are discussed in a separate chapter.

In addition to the above, our domestic activity includes the organizing of annual conferences, forums of further training, the publication of reports and books in connection with the theoretical and practical knowledge of sleep medicine and the results of experiments performed in Hungarian institutes.

Further training, the exchange of experiences and the co-operation between the participants of the network (somnologists, medical specialists, family doctors, sleep research technicians and specialized medical technicians) are all founded on the annual professional conferences. The highlighted subjects of these conferences are chosen to match the current fields of importance.

The first national conference was organized in 1997.


II. conference                                     Budapest                    2003

III. conference                                    Budapest                    2004

IV. conference                                    Mosdós                      2007

V. conference                                    Hajdúszoboszló           2008

VI. conference                                    Dobogókő                  2009

VII. conference                                   Pécs                          2010

VIII. conference                                  Budapest                    2011

IX. conference                                    Budapest                   2013

X. conference                                     Budapest                   2015

XI. conference                                    Lajosmizse                2017

Well-attended accredited peripheral further trainings with the main topic of somnology, organized by Semmelweis University of Budapest, have also been conducted in Honvédkórház ÁEK (Military Hospital – State Health Centre) since 1999 for the medical specialists involved.

Our international activity manifests in the active participation in conferences organized by the European Sleep Research Society and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, joining to multicenter studies, as well as the organization of international further trainings and the publication of reports.