Research Networking Committee (RNC)

Coordinator / ESRS Vice-President (Basic)

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.

Vice-Coordinator / ESRS Vice-President (Clinical) / EduCom Coordinator

Tiina Paunio, MD, PhD, is Vice Dean of Education and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Helsinki (UH) and Research Professor  at National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL).

Dr Paunio obtained her doctor’s degree in Medicine in 1993 and PhD degree in 1995 from UH and did her post-doctoral studies during 1996-1998 in Paris at LGN/CNRS. She worked as a project coordinator for an international collaboration on schizophrenia (SZ) during 1998-2002, after which she established her own research group Sleep&Mood at THL in 2002. She got her specialist degree in Psychiatry in 2007.

The research interest of the Sleep&Mood group is focused on etiology and epidemiology of mood disorders and sleep disturbance, and their therapeutic interventions.  The group studies  relationship  of  disturbed  sleep  and  mood  at  epidemiological  level,  the  effect  of  genetic  and environmental  factors  on  regulation  of  sleep  and  emotions,  and  their  interplay  at  molecular  level  via epigenetic mechanisms. In addition to the genetic and epidemiological research, Dr Paunio is involved in clinical research on sleep and stress related disorders at the Finnish Institute of Occupational health. At UH, she has the responsibility in education of medical doctors as a Vice Dean of Education and Chair of the MD program, as well as of those specializing in psychiatry and basic medical students in psychiatry. She is also Vice Chair of the Steering committee for education of Psychotherapists at UH and representative of UH in the national committee for education of psychotherapists.

Dr Paunio has supervised and examined a number of doctoral theses in Finland and other European countries. She was the member of the ESRS Scientific Committee in 2012-2014 and, in addition to ESRS, she is an active member of the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics, as well as of national organizations related to sleep research and psychiatry. She belongs to a number of national and international research consortia and funding organizations.

ESRS Past President

Philippe Peigneux is PhD in Psychological Sciences (2000; University of Liège [ULg], Belgium). He is currently Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium, where he is also the director of the Neuropsychology and Functional Neuroimaging Research Unit (UR2NF) affiliated at the ULB Neurosciences Institute (UNI). Professor Peigneux is active in sleep research since 1996 and published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals. His research is mainly but not exclusively focused on investigating the relationships between sleep and memory consolidation processes, and in a wider perspective the interrelationships between cognitive processes and vigilance states, including sleep and biological rhythms, both in healthy and pathological conditions (sleep and circadian disorders, disorders of consciousness, developmental disorders [dysphasia, ADHD], epileptic disorders, degenerative diseases [Parkinson, Alzheimer], …), in adulthood and across children development. A specific focus is made on the processes by which novel representations are created and novel information consolidated in long-term memory. Studies are primarily conducted using behavioural and cognitive approaches and advanced functional magnetic resonance (fMRI), electroencephalography (EEG) and magneto-encephalography (MEG) techniques. Philippe Peigneux is an ESRS member since 2001 and was part of the ESRS Scientific Committee (2006-2008) then Secretary in the ESRS Board (2008-2012). At present he is President of the ESRS.

Past RNC Coordinator

Prof. Dr. Debra J. Skene 
Guildford, United Kingdom

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Debra J. Skene, PhD is Professor of Neuroendocrinology (2001- ) in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford, U.K. Educated in South Africa (B.Pharm, MSc, PhD), she joined the University of Surrey in 1984. She is currently Leader of the Faculty Research Group: Sleep, Chronobiology and Addiction. She has over 25 years of research experience studying the human circadian timing system and has authored over 100 refereed research publications. Her recent research has been funded by the EU FP6 and FP7 programmes, UK Cross Research Council New Dynamics of Ageing (NDA) Programme, the BBSRC (UK) and Philips Lighting. She is currently a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award Holder.

Professor Skene and her team's research is directed towards characterisation and treatment of circadian rhythm sleep disorders as experienced by blind people, shift workers and the elderly. Her team’s findings have led to the optimisation of melatonin (dose, time of administration) and light (wavelength, time of administration) to affect the human circadian clock. Prof Skene has pioneered studies on the spectral sensitivity of the human circadian axis, being one of the first to show the importance of short wavelength blue light. These results have important implications for the design and use of lighting in situations such as the treatment of circadian rhythm sleep disorders, adaptation to shift work as well as in work and living environments.
Currently Professor Skene’s research programme (BBSRC, EU and Royal Society funded) is studying the links between human circadian clocks, sleep and metabolism in health, circadian disorders and metabolic diseases (shift workers, Type 2 diabetes, liver disease). Investigating the effect of time of day, circadian clock, sleep and food influences on the human metabolome using LC-MS metabolomics is currently a major focus.

Professor Skene is a past Vice-President (Basic) of the European Sleep Research Society (ESRS) [2010-2014] (ESRS member since 2001; Assistant-Secretary 2006-2010). She is currently Vice-President of the European Biological Rhythms Society (EBRS) [2012- ] (EBRS member since 1983; Secretary-Treasurer 2002-2009). In 2009 Prof Skene established the Joint ESRS-EBRS Symposia that take place each year at the biennial ESRS and EBRS Congresses. She is a past Chair of a Gordon Research Conference (Pineal Cell Biology, 2012), currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Sleep Research and on the Editorial Board of Chronobiology International. She is a Co-Director of Stockgrand Ltd, a University-based company specialising in the measurement of melatonin and other circadian rhythm markers.

Scientific Committee Chair

Surrey Sleep Research Centre
School of Biosciences and Medicine
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Surrey
Surrey GU2 7XH
United Kingdom

Raphaëlle Winsky-Sommerer (RWS) is Reader (Associate Professor) in Sleep and Circadian Rhythms at the Surrey Sleep Research Centre, University of Surrey (UK).

RWS’ research interests focus on cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the physiology and pharmacology of the 24-h sleep-wake cycle, with an emphasis on neurotransmitter and neuropeptide systems (e.g., GABA; adenosine; hypocretins/orexins). RWS also developed a particular interest in the relationship between sleep and circadian disturbances, neuropsychiatric symptoms and mental health (e.g., mood disorders, ageing and neurodegenerative disorders).

These research projects are primarily performed using preclinical animal models and combine in vivo assessments of sleep-wake rhythms using quantitative EEG and other long-term monitoring methods in integrative physiology, behavioural phenotyping, as well as molecular (-omics), biochemical and neuroanatomical techniques.

Her research is funded by the UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Leverhulme Trust and the pharmaceutical industry.

RWS was appointed as a Lecturer at the University of Surrey in October 2009. Prior to joining Surrey, she enjoyed an international research training in France and Norway (MSc Biochemistry & Biology of Aging; PhD on Alzheimer’s disease), as well as the USA (post-doctoral fellow in Neuroscience, Scripps Research Institute, California) and Switzerland (Venia Legendi (Habilitation) in Sleep & Pharmacology; Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Zurich).

RWS is also the coordinator of the ESRS Forum for Women in Sleep Research since 2010.

Past Scientific Committee Co-Chair

Dr. Renata Riha
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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Renata L Riha is a consultant in Sleep and Respiratory Medicine at the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh and an Honorary Reader at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
She qualified in medicine at the University of Queensland and completed her specialist training in respiratory and sleep medicine in Australia. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh where she also did her MD with Professor Sir Neil Douglas.
To date she has published over 50 original papers in sleep medicine with a strong focus on clinical research. She is a member of the ESADA group and the EU-NN, is Chair of the Sleep and Breathing Group, ERS since 2012, member of the Scientific Committee ESRS and a member of the HERMES taskforce in sleep medicine since 2009. She runs the Edinburgh Sleep Medicine Course, which she initiated in 2006. Her strong interest in education is also evidenced by her membership of the editorial board of Sleep. Additionally, she is an associate editor of the Journal of Sleep Research.

EU Committee Coordinator

Roberto Amici is Associate Professor of Physiology at the Department of Biomedical and NeuroMotor Sciences (DIBINEM) of the University of Bologna, Italy and is member of the “Collegio Superiore” of the University of Bologna. He received the Degree in Medicine (1983) and the Specialization in Neurology (1987) at the University of Bologna. Since early 80’s he is active in the field of physiological regulation in the wake-sleep cycle, with a particular interest in the neurophysiological and neurochemical aspects underlying the relationship between sleep and thermoregulation and the central nervous control of autonomic functions. At present, he is responsible of the Laboratory "Wake-Sleep Behavior" in the “Physiological Regulations in the Wake-Sleep Cycle” research group at DIBINEM.
He has been Secretary (2002-2006), Vice President (2008-2012) and President (2012-2013) of the Italian Society of Sleep Research (SIRS) and member of the Scientific Committee (2002-2004), Assistant Secretary (2004-2006), and Vice-President (2006-2010) of the ESRS, where he also coordinated the Research Committee in 2009. At present he is “Coordinator for Basic Research” of the “Italian Association of Sleep Medicine” (AIMS) and Coordinator of the EU Committee of the ESRS.
From 2007 -2010, he was "Coordinator" of the Project "Training in Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine” (MSCF-CT-2006-046036) of the ESRS, that was financed within the Marie Curie Program by the European Union.

EC ECRN Representative

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.

ESRS Secretary

Lino Nobili received his M.D. in 1991 from the University of Genoa (Italy ) where he also obtained the specialization in Clinical Neurophysiology (1995), in Child Neuropsychiatry (2000) and a PhD in “Neuroscience: Physiopathology of Sleep”. Dr. Lino Nobili works in the “C. Munari” Epilepsy Surgery Centre and he is chief of the Centre of Sleep Medicine of the Department of Neuroscience of the Niguarda Hospital in Milan, Italy. He has been involved in sleep research and clinical care both in adults and children for over 20 years, and has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers. Lino Nobili is an ESRS member since 1995 and was part of the Scientific Committee (2008-2010). At present he is the Assistant Secretary of the ESRS. His areas of major research interest include human sleep neurophysiology, sleep and epilepsy interactions, sleep-related epilepsies, sleep disorders. In the last years, by analyzing data obtained from intracerebral sleep EEG investigations in drug-resistant epileptic patients, he focused his research on the local aspects of sleep regulation and on the activity of different cortical and subcortical structures during sleep.

ESRS Assistant Secretary

Dr. Tom de Boer
Leiden, The Netherlands

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Tom de Boer

Tom de Boer, PhD, is Associate professor in the Laboratory for Neurophysiology of the Department of Molecular Cell Biology of the Leiden University Medical Center.

He obtained a master’s degree in Chronobiology in 1992 and a doctorate in Mathematics and Natural Sciences in 1996 at the University of Groningen. He worked in sleep and chronobiology laboratories in Zurich (Switzerland), Philadelphia, PA (USA), and Leiden (The Netherlands) and published over 80 peer reviewed papers, reviews, and book chapters on sleep and sleep research.

Dr. de Boer is a neuroscientist investigating the interaction between sleep and circadian or circannual rhythms. He is specialized in sleep-wake electroencephalogram-electromyogram recordings in freely moving rodents. This technique is combined with brain/body temperature recordings, and/or electrophysiological recordings.

Since 2013 he is an Associate Professor at the Leiden University Medical Center in Leiden (the Netherlands). Dr. de Boer is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Sleep Research.