Web Committee

Chair

Dr. Bogdan Voinescu
Bristol, United Kingdom

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Dr. Bogdan Voinescu, MD, is psychiatrist at Bristol Royal Infirmary, University Hospitals Bristol ,UK, and a visiting researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, UK. He was a clinical research fellow at King’s College London and a lecturer in Psychiatry at the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 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, being particularly interested in the insomnia disorder and the circadian preference. 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 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).


ESRS President & Board Representative

PROFESSOR WALTER MCNICHOLAS is Newman Clinical Research Professor at University College Dublin (UCD), Director of the Pulmonary and Sleep Disorders Unit and Consultant Respiratory Physician at St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland. He is a medical graduate of UCD (1974) and has a long established track record in high-level research and leadership. He has wide experience in translational research on the mechanisms and consequences of sleep-related breathing disorders particularly sleep apnoea, and has held competitive grants from agencies such as the Health Research Board (Ireland) on a continuous basis for close to 30 years. His research interests include the pathophysiology, treatment and outcomes of sleep apnoea syndrome, the cardiovascular and metabolic consequences of the disorder, basic cell and molecular mechanisms and consequences of intermittent hypoxia, in addition to sleep disturbances in COPD and other chronic respiratory disorders. He is also closely involved in the evaluation of novel ambulatory monitoring devices for sleep disorders. He is a past Associate Editor of the European Respiratory Journal and is an editorial board member of several international sleep and respiratory journals.
Prof. McNicholas has held many Leadership positions in National and International organisations, particularly President of the European Respiratory Society (2003-2004), and is current Vice President (Clinical) of the ESRS and President of the European Board of Accreditation in Pneumology. He chaired a COST Action (B26) on Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (2005-2010), and recently chaired a Working Group established by the European Commission on Sleep Apnoea and Driving (2012-2013), which is expected to lead to an official European Union (EU) Directive establishing specific criteria for the provision and retention of driving licenses to patients with sleep apnoea.


RNC Representative

Pierre-Hervé LUPPI (51 years old) is a First class Research Director at the CNRS and the Leader of the SLEEP team (with a staff of 32 persons) belonging to the Lyon Neuroscience Research Center (CRNL, UMR 5292 CNRS/U1028 INSERM). He obtained his master degree at Lyon 1 University where he worked with Prof. M. Jouvet on the neuroanatomy of the paradoxical sleep generators in the cat. He received his PhD in 1989 and entered the CNRS the same year. In 2002, he created and directed for nine years a sleep research CNRS laboratory (UMR 5167) hosted by the Laennec School of Medicine and member of the “Institut Fédératif des Neurosciences de Lyon, IFR 19“. He received in 1996 the European Sleep Research Society-SynthéLabo fellowship. Dr. Luppi is deputy editor of "Journal of Sleep Research" and has been elected in 2012 secretary of the European sleep Research Society. He is also a fellow of the Société de Neuroscience, Society For Neuroscience, IBRO, Société Française de Recherche et de Médecine du Sommeil (SFRS), and the Sleep Research Society. He has published one book, 12 book chapters, 85 research papers (Factor H: 34), and 178 abstracts. He has given 62 talks in symposiums and two plenary conferences in national and international meetings. He organized two meetings in Lyon on paradoxical sleep. He is internationally recognized for his current work on the mechanisms responsible for the genesis of the sleep-waking cycle, the cognitive role of sleep and the studies of sleep pathologies like narcolepsy and REM sleep behaviour disorder.


SMC Representative

Dr. Marta Gonçalves
Oporto, Portugal

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MD Psychiatry with a Master's Degree in Psychiatry and Mental Health- University of Porto School of Medicine – 2001; Currently doing a PhD in Public Health in University of Porto, since 2013.
Invited teacher of Sleep Medicine for the Doctorate Degree in Clinical Neurosciences, Neuropsychiatry and Mental Health- University of Porto Medical School.
Certified Expert Somnologist – 2012, ESRS.
Member of the Commission for Sleep Medicine Competency nominated by the Portuguese Medical Association in 2012 .
Scientific Consultant of the National Program for Respiratory Diseases (sleep apnea) 2012 from the Directorate General of Health.
Head of Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine Departments in the Hospital CUF Porto, Porto-Portugal where there is ongoing research in Neuro-Psychiatry and Sleep; Oncology and Sleep and the Non pharmacological treatments of insomnia.
President of the Portuguese Sleep Association during 2008/2011 and re-elected for 2011-2013.
Main organizer and teacher in post-graduate sleep medicine courses for general practitioners, medical specialists, nurses and pharmacists since 1996.
Member of the Organizing Committee in various national and international congresses and invited speaker in multiple scientific events.


Education Committee Representative

Dr. Lyudmila Korostovtseva
St Petersburg, Russia

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Lyudmila Korostovtseva, MD, PhD, is a Research Fellow at the Sleep Medicine Laboratory based at the V.A. Almazov North-West Federal Medical Research Centre, in St Petersburg, Russia. Being a cardiologist, she is particularly interested in the association of sleep disorders with cardiovascular diseases.

She was a fellow of the Marie Curie training program “Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research” (2010). Later, she was a visiting researcher (2 months, in 2011) in the Sleep laboratory at the Neurocentro della Svizzera Italiana di Lugano under the supervision of Prof. Bassetti (Lugano, Switzerland). In 2015-2016 she worked as a research fellow at the Sleep-Wake-Epilepsy Centre based at the Bern University  Hospital (Bern, Switzerland) under the supervision of Prof. Bassetti. In 2015, she was one of the organizers of the Workshop for Young Somnologists “Sleep: a window to the world of wakefulness” in St Petersburg (Russia).

She is recipient of several travel grants, prizes (Distinguished Activity Award for the World Sleep Day event, 2014 and 2015), research grants for sleep projects as the principal investigator (grant of the President of Russian Federation; award in recognition of the PhD work) and as a co-investigator.


ANSS EU Representative

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ECRN Representative

Dr. Kate Porcheret
Oxford, UK

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Dr. Kate Porcheret is a postdoctoral researcher at the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute, in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Oxford, UK.  Her research is focused on sleep and circadian rhythms in relation to mental health. In particular she is interested in understand the role sleep plays in the response to psychological trauma using experimental and clinical methodologies.

She was a fellow of the Marie Currie sleep training program “Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research” (2010) and was awarded a prize for best abstract at the 23rd Annual scientific meeting of the British Sleep Society meeting for her PhD work.  Kate gained a BSc in Biology with a year in research from Imperial College London and completed her PhD in 2013 titled ‘Sleep and sleep timing in relation to light and emotional processing’.

Kate also has a keen interest in public engagement, taking part in various projects including ‘Counting Sheep: The Science of Sleep’ at the British Library, London, Brain Awareness Day at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford and many public talks on sleep, circadian rhythms and mental health.