Early Career Researcher Network (ECRN)


Dr. Erna Sif Arnardóttir
Reykjavik, Iceland

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Dr. Erna Sif Arnardottir is the Director of Sleep Measurements at the Landspitali – The National University Hospital of Iceland and a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Iceland. Currently she is the President of the Icelandic Sleep Research Society. She is the coordinator of the launch of the ESRS Early Career Research Network and a member of the ERS/ESRS Taskforce ”Technical Standards for the scoring of respiratory events using type III devices for the diagnosis of sleep disordered breathing”. She is author or coauthor of over 20 published peer-reviewed papers and one book chapter. Her main research interests are the adverse physical effects of sleep disordered breathing from snoring to obstructive sleep apnea, the standardization of sleep measurements and scoring methods as well as the relationship between circadian rhythm and sleep.


Dr. Harald Hrubos-Strøm
Oslo, Norway

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Harald Hrubos-Strøm is working at the Otorhinolaryngology Department of Akershus University Hospital, Norway. After medical training at the University of Bergen he was employed at the Akershus Sleep Apnea Project (ASAP) where he finished his PhD in collaboration with Prof. Toril Dammen, Prof. Inger Hilde Nordhus and Prof. Torbjørn Omland. From 2008-2010, he was a board member of the PhD forum, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Oslo and the founder of the PhD forum Akershus University Hospital. From September 2010 he has partly been working with sleep medicine in collaboration with Prof. Bjørn Bjorvatn besides clinical specialization in otorhinolaryngology. From October 2013 he has worked 50% with clinical medicine and 50% with the Akershus Sleep Apnea Diagnostics and Treatment Evaluation (ASADaTE). He was elected to be a member of the board of the Norwegian Society of Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine in April 2014 and passed the ESRS somnologist examn in September 2014. He is the main supervisor of one PhD student and the co-supervisor of another.


Dr. Bogdan Voinescu
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

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Dr. Bogdan Voinescu, MD, is a lecturer in Psychiatry at the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy and head of the Laboratory for the Research of Sleep Disorders and Circadian Psychobiology at Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
Since 2008, he has conducted doctoral and post-doctoral research activities related to the study of sleep and circadian rhythms. He has been particularly interested in insomnia disorder: from psychobiological vulnerabilities and comorbidities to assessment and management.
He was a fellow of the Marie Curie training programme “Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research” (2010) and won several research grants, including one from the European Sleep Research Society (2010). In 2012, he organised and chaired a School of Advanced Studies on sleep and circadian rhythms (http://www.somnolog.eu) in Romania.
He is the recipient of several prizes, travel grants and fellowships for young researchers, e.g. from the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (2015), FENS-IBRO (2013), International Society of Behavioral Medicine (2012) or World Psychiatric Association (2011).


Dr. Ashleigh Filtness
Brisbane, Australia

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Dr Ashleigh Filtness is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety- Queensland (CARRS-Q), based at Queensland University of Technology. She specialises in driver sleepiness, with a particular interest in using simulators for road safety research. Ashleigh has a full time research position where she divides her time between government/industry funded projects and competitive grant funded research. She is an author or co-author of 12 published peer-reviewed papers, two book chapters and 20 government/industry reports. Her main research interests include the adverse effect of sleep loss on both driving performance and auxiliary skills necessary for safe driving (e.g. visual perception), and lifestyle factors which increase the prevalence of driving when sleepy. Ashleigh gained her BSc in Human Biology with 1st class honours in 2007 from Loughborough University, UK. She went on to complete her PhD at the Loughborough University Sleep Research Centre, thesis title: “Obstructive Sleep Apnoea and Daytime Driver Sleepiness”. Subsequently she has undertaken a two year Research Fellow position at Monash University Accident Research Centre, Australia, before moving to CARRS-Q in 2013. During her career she has been awarded Young Sleep Researcher of the year 2009 by the British Sleep Society in recognition of her PhD work, was selected as a student for the EU Marie Curie ESRS - PENS Project 2007 – 2010, and, has achieved Chartered Biologist status from the Society of Biology, UK.

Cátia Reis
Lisbon, Portugal

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Dr. Cátia Reis is a PhD student of Biomedical Sciences at the Lisbon Medical School  (University of Lisbon, Portugal).  She completed her Biology basic course and MSc in Human Biology at the same University. She is author of 3 published peer-reviewed papers.
Her main research interests are circadian rhythms and fatigue. She is developing a method of collecting data to establish potential biomarkers for fatigue in shift-workers, namely airline pilots. Her work is being developed at the CENC – Sleep Medicine Center, Lisbon, where she is a resident investigator.