List of Participants for 2008

The Program Committee of the ESRS-EU Marie Curie Program (R. Amici, Chair; T. Pollmächer, Project Coordinator; A. Hillmann; D. Pevernagie; T. Porkka-Heiskanen; D.J. Skene;) has selected candidates for the 2008 Program. The call for candidates was very successful, with 79 applications being submitted. The large number of high quality applications made the job of selecting just 40 participants very difficult and very strict criteria, largely suggested by EU, have been followed, aimed at assuring a widespread participation of trainees in terms of their nationality or the Insitution in which they are currently working. Thus, unfortunately, many very good applications could not be selected in this round. For this reason, the Program Committee has decided to consider resubmission of an application in 2009-2010 as one of the preferential criteria for the selection of candidates.

The following criteria have been followed for selection, in order of priority:

  1. date of the degree giving access to doctoral studies (priority was given to early stage trainees who obtained their degree giving access to a PhD Program within the last four years);
  2. quality of candidate, based on both their CV and their reference letter (the assessment was made by three independent scorers); 
  3. ESRS membership; 
  4. citizenship of an European Country;
  5. citizenship of a Country with a less developed tradition in sleep research/medicine;
  6. in case of equal candidates, the younger candidate was selected. 

Three further balancing post-hoc criteria were used:

  • an arbitrary quality threshold for entering the program was set at 20% of the maximum level for quality;
  • a maximum of four candidates who were nationals of the same country were accepted;
  • a maximum of two candidates coming from the same laboratory/clinic were accepted.

According to these criteria, the following candidates were selected

(in alphabetical order, Surname, First name, Nationality, Institution, City, Country):

  1. Bastianini, Stefano, Italian, Department of Human and General Physiology, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy
  2. Bratic, Aleksandra, Swiss, University of Zurich, Institute of Pharmacology & Toxikology, Zürich, Switzerland
  3. Cavas, Maria, Spanish, University of Malaga, Facultad de Psicologia, Malaga, Spain
  4. Chellappa, Sarah, Brazilian, Centre for Chronobiology, Basel, Switzerland
  5. Clement, Olivier, French,UMR5167 Physiopathologie des réseaux neuronaux du cycle veille sommeil, Lyon Cedex 08, France
  6. Dyzma, Michal, Polish, University Libre de Bruxellex, Unit 222 Sleep Research Unit, Montigny-Le-Tilleul, Belgium
  7. Ettenhuber, Katharina, German, Psychiatry, Bezirksklinikum Regensburg, Sleep Department, Regensburg, Germany
  8. Faraut, Brice, French, Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Unit 222, Sleep Research Laboratory, Montigny-Le-Tilleul, Belgium
  9. Ferrari, Loris, Italian, Institute of Human Physiology II - University of Milan Medical School, Milan, Italy
  10. Ferre, Alex, Spanish, Hospital Universitario Vall d'Hebron, Barcelona, Spain
  11. Franceschini, Christian, Italian, Department of Neurological Science, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy
  12. Garmy, Pernilla, Swedish, Department of Health Scienses, Lund, Sweden
  13. Goerke, Monique, German, Charité University Hospital Berlin, Institute of Physiology, Department of Sleep Medicine, Berlin, Germany
  14. Hagewoud, Roelina, Dutch, Department of Molecular Neurobiology, University of Groningen, Haren, The Netherlands
  15. Herrera Aceituno, Alejandro Andrés, Chilean,University of Chile, Faculty of Medicine, Santiago, Chile
  16. Herrmann, Uli Simon, Swiss, Sleep disorders centre, University Hospital Inselspital Bern, Bern, Switzerland
  17. Hornby, Nicola, British, Goldsmith's University of London, London, United Kingdom
  18. Jakubcakova, Vladimira, Slovakian, Max-Planck-Institute for Psychiatry, München, Germany
  19. Karimi, Mahssa, Swedish, Sleep Disorders Center, Pulmonary Medicine, Gothenburg, Sweden
  20. Karroum, Elias, Lebanese, Pathologies du sommeil, Hôpital Pitié-Salpêtrière, Paris-Cedex 13, France
  21. Keckeis, Marietta, Austrian, Max-Planck Institute for Psychiatry, München, Germany
  22. Kyle, Simon, British, Glasgow Sleep Centre, Sackler Institute of Psycholbiol. Research, INS, Glasgow,Scotland
  23. Lederle, Katharina, German, University of Surrey, Faculty of health and Medical Sciences, Guildford, United Kingdom
  24. Leemburg, Susan, Dutch, Schlaflabor, Neurologische Klinik, Universitätsspital Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
  25. Leufkens, Tim, Dutch, Maastricht University, Dept. Neuropsychology & Psychopharmacology, Maastricht, The Netherlands
  26. Most, Els, Dutch, VU University Medical Centre, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  27. Oudiette, Delphine, French, Pathologies du sommeil, Hôpital Pitié-Salpêtrière, Paris-Cedex 13, France
  28. Renouard, Leslie, French, UMR5167 Physiopathologie des réseaux neuronaux du cycle veille sommeil, Lyon Cedex 08, France
  29. Rusakova, Irina, Russian, Seventsov Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russian Federation
  30. Rutskova, Elizaveta, Russian, Institute for Higher Nervous Activity and Neurophysiology, Moscow, Russian Federation
  31. Rytkönen, Kirsi-Marja, Finnish, University of Helsinki, Institute of Biomedicien, Dept of Physiology, Helsinki, Finland
  32. Saunamäki, Tiia, Finnish, University of Tampere, Department of Psychology, Tampere, Finland
  33. Schmitz, Rémy, Belgian, Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Faculty of Psychological Sciences, Bruxelles, Belgium
  34. Schutte, Rebecca, British, Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  35. Stanciu, Roxana-Elena, Romanian, Clinic of Pneumology at University of Medicine, Timisoara, Romania
  36. Stoll, Claudia, German, Charité University Hospital Berlin, Department of Sleep Medicine, Berlin, Germany
  37. Tempesta, Daniela, Italian, Laboratory of Sleep, Faculty of Psychology, University of L'Aquila, L'Aqulia, Italy
  38. Urbain, Charline, Belgian, Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Faculty of Psychological Sciences, Bruxelles, Belgium
  39. Vicente, Mónica, Spanish, Hospital del Mar (IMAS), Barcelona, Spain
  40. Zant, Janneke, Dutch, Institute of Biomedicine, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

2nd TRAINING COURSE ESRS-EU Marie Curie Program Residential Center, University of Bologna, Bertinoro (Italy) April 25-27, 2008

The first event of the ESRS-EU Marie Curie Program will be the Training Course that will be held in Bertinoro, Italy, at the Residential Centre of the University of Bologna (, from April 25th to April 27th 2008. The course will consist of a series of lectures and special sessions aimed towards young sleep researchers/clinicians who are interested in basic human and animal sleep research. We remind you that for 2009, the program will be “clinically” oriented and aimed towards researchers/clinicians who are interested in the basic and clinical aspects of sleep medicine.


The Training Course will be followed form late May to early November by a one week practical training period, to be carried out in one of the eleven sleep research laboratories/sleep clinics of the ESRS-EU network that has been specifically established for the project. The training site for each participant has been assigned by the Program Committee, as far as possible according to the participant’s preference.