Early Career Researcher Network (ECRN)


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.


Dr. 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.


Dr. Madeleine F. Scriba
Lausanne, Switzerland and
Munich, Germany

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Madeleine F. Scriba
Lausanne, Switzerland and Munich, Germany

Madeleine Scriba is currently working as lecturer and postdoctoral researcher in Germany and Switzerland. She obtained a degree in Biology from the University of Münster (Germany), and a PhD from the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) in 2013.

Her interest is the study of sleep in an ecological context in which sleep evolved to get more insight into the functions of sleep. In the last years she was establishing a minimally-invasive method to study EEG-based sleep in nature at the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland in close collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen, Germany. Using Barn owls as a model species, she revealed that the mammalian decline in REM sleep during development is similar in birds and is an unique feature of sleep. She has so far published 8 peer-reviewed research papers and has given 23 (including 8 invited) talks at national and international conferences and seminars. Madeleine is a member of the ESRS since 2010 and she joined the Early Career Researcher Network (ECRN) in 2016.


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. 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.