The founder of the restme concept, Professor Armin Bidarian Moniri is a Swedish Ear Nose Throat Consultant and Professor at the University of Algarve in Portugal. He is the author of many scientific papers and reviewer at several medical journals. He was personally endorsed by Queen Silvia of Sweden at a ceremony at the Royal Palace for his research in January 2014.
His clinical areas of interest include Functional and Aesthetic Facial and Nasal Sugery, Functional Surgery of the Paranasal Sinuses and Ears, Salivary Gland Surgery, Paediatric ENT, Vertigo, Voice and Sleep Disorders.
Professor Moniri started his PhD studies at the Sahlgrenska Academy in 2008 under the supervision of Hasse Ejnell. He defended his thesis entitled “Two New Non-invasive Treatment Methods for Otitis Media with Effusion in Children and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea” at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden in May 2014.
As inventor he has two patents for his new treatment methods: "Pillow and Mattress for Reducing Snoring & Sleep Apnoea"-restme® and "Device for Equalization of the Pressure in the Middle Ear"-Moniri® Otovent® .
He has received several grants and scholarships for his scientific work. He is in fact the only person who has ever received two grants simultaneously from the Swedish Innovationsbron for innovative thinking and research in medicine.
Professor Moniri is currently working in the Algarve region of Portugal and the Västra Götaland region of Sweden.
The co-founder of the restme concept, Professor Hasse Ejnell is a specialist in Otorhinolaryngology since 1979. He defended his PhD-thesis in 1984 on a new surgical technique for the treatment of vocal cord paralysis, which is still one of the most common surgical methods for treatment of this condition. Professor Ejnell has been the main supervisor for four PhD students.
His main interest both within the clinic work and research has been the diseases in the respiratory tract. He was in charge of the second tracheal transplantation ever performed in the world based of stem cell technology. Professor Ejnell receives monthly requests and referrals from all over Sweden and abroad to operate on children and adults with constriction of the airways.
In 1986 Professor Ejnell kept his associate professor lecture on the topic snoring and sleep apnoea. He is the co-author in more than 50 articles on the subject snoring and sleep apnoea. In the years 1997 – 2011, he was the Head of the Ear, Nose and Throat Department at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital.
Professor Ejnells surgeon in Sweden to start with the surgical treatment of snoring and sleep apnoea. He introduced the CPAP treatment to the Scandinavian marked in collaboration with Professor Jan Hedner. He assisted in developing new Mandibular Advancement Devices in collaboration with Swedish dentists. He was also one of the few surgeons in the world who participated in the development of hypoglosus stimulation for the treatment of sleep apnoea.
However a large number of patients with sleep apnoea do not tolerated these treatments methods. In 2008 he welcomed Armin Bidarian Moniri´s idea to start a PhD research on sleep apnoea. Together they started the project restme® to develop a simple method to help patients with snoring and sleep apnoea. After several years of research, the mattress and pillow, restme®, was developed. This new treatment seems to help most patients in avoiding snoring and sleep apnoea. Several other pioneer research projects are on going in collaboration with Armin Moniri.