List of Participants for 2009

The Program Committee of the ESRS-EU Marie Curie Program (R. Amici, Coordinator; C. Bassetti; A. Hillmann; D. Pevernagie; T. Pollmächer; T. Porkka-Heiskanen; D.J. Skene;) has selected candidates for the 2009 Program. The program for 2009 has the privilege to be part of the Programme of Neuroscience European Schools (PENS). PENS is a collaboration between the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) and the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO). For this reason, for 2009 the program has also been aimed at young neuroscientists not specifically active in the field of sleep research. The call for candidates was very successful, with 98 applications being submitted. The large number of high quality applications made the job of selecting just 45 participants very difficult and very strict criteria, largely suggested by EU and PENS, 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 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. quality of candidate, based on both their CV and their reference letter (the assessment was made by three independent scorers);
  2. citizenship of a Country with a less developed tradition in sleep research/medicine; 
  3. 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); 
  4. 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 five candidates who were nationals of the same country were accepted;
  • a maximum of three 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. Ayoub, Amr, Egyptian, University of Lübeck, Neuroendocrinology, Lübeck, Germany
  2. Beitinger, Marie-Emmanuelle, German/French, Max Planck Insitute of Psychiatry, Munich, Germany
  3. Bekinschtein, Tristan, Argentinian, Medical Research Council ,Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, United Kingdom
  4. Berteotti, Chiara, Italian, University of Bologna, Dept. of Human and General Physiology, Bologna, Italy
  5. lasiak, Tomasz , Polish, Jagiellonian University, Department of Neurophysiology and Chronobiology, Krakow, Polandce
  6. Bobbo, Daniela, Italian, University of Padova, Dept. of General Psychology, Padova, Italy
  7. Breuer, Eva, German, Charité - University Medicine Berlin, Dept. of Neurology, Berlin, Germany
  8. Cairney, Scott, British, University of Manchester, School of Psychological Sciences, Manchester, United Kingdom
  9. Coffey, Emily, British, University of Amsterdam, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Leiden, The Netherlands
  10. Diekelmann, Susanne, German, University of Lübeck, Department of Neuroendocrinology, Lübeck, Germany
  11. Dorsaz, Stéphane, Swiss/Italian, University of Lausanne, Center of Integrative Genomics, Lausanne, Switzerland
  12. Durant, Claire, British, University of Bristol, Psychopharmacology Unit, Bristol, United Kingdom
  13. Duss, Simone, Swiss, University of Bern, Department of Psychology (Division of Experimental Psychology and Neuropsychology), Bern, Switzerland
  14. Filtness, Ashleigh, British, Loughborough University, Loughborough, United Kingdom
  15. Fisher, Simon, British, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
  16. Grand, Laszlo, Hungarian, Institute for Psychology of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Comparative Psychophysiology, Budapest, Hungary
  17. Gronli, Janne, Norwegian, University of Bergen, Dept of Biological and Medical Psychology, Bergen, Norway
  18. Hefti, Katharina, Swiss, Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
  19. Hodor, Aleksandra, Polish, University Hospital Zurich, Dept. of Neurology, Zurich, Switzerland
  20. Hofstra, Wytske, Dutch, Epilepsy and Sleep Center SEIN, Zwolle, The Netherlands
  21. Ilioudi, Christina, Greek, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
  22. Javadi Arjomand, Amir Homayoun, Iranian, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (ICN), Psychology Department, London, United Kingdom
  23. Kusmierczak, Magda, Polish, University of Gdansk, Animal Physiology, Gdansk, Poland
  24. Leenaars, Cathalijn, Dutch, Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, Sleep and Cognition, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  25. Loughran, Sarah, Irish, University of Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
  26. Martelli, Davide, Italian, University of Bologna, Dept. of Human and General Physiology, Bologna, Italy
  27. Mary, Alison, Belgian, Universitè Libre de Bruxelles, UR2NF, Bruxelles, Belgium
  28. Nastase, Sorina Elena, Romanian, Al. Obregia Clinical Psychiatric Hospital Bucharest , Department of Animal Physiology and Biophysics, Faculty of Biology, University of Bucharest , Bucharest, Romania
  29. Nekovarova, Tereza, Czech, Institute of Physiology, Czech Academy of Sciences, Departement of Neurobiology of Memory and Computational Neurosciences, Prague, Czech Republic
  30. Novelli, Luana, Italian, Sapienza university of Rome, Psichology, Rome, Italy
  31. Ouk, Koliane, French, Claude Bernard University, INSERM/UCBL-U628, integrated Physiology of Brain Arousal Systems, Lyon Cedex, France
  32. Pavlinac, Ivana, Croatian, University of Split, School of Medicine, Split, Croatia
  33. Pawlizki, Annedore, German, LMU München, Allgemeine und Experimentelle Psychologie, Munich, Germany
  34. Piantoni, Giovanni, Italian, Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience,Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  35. Polta, Stephanie, German, Max Planck Institute of Psychiatrie, Neuronal plasticity, München, Germany
  36. Rasskazova, Elena, Russian, Ministry of Health and Social Development of Russian Federation Sleep Disorders Centre, Moscow, Russia
  37. Ringli, Maya, Swiss, University Children’s Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland
  38. Rojc, Bojan, Slovene, Institute of Clinical Neurophysiology, University Clinical Center Ljubljana, Izola, Slovenia
  39. Romeijn, Nico, Dutch, Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  40. Savelyev, Sergey, Russian, University of Helsinki, Institute of Biomedicine/Physiology, Helsinki, Finland
  41. Sirieix, Chrystelle, French, CNRS UMR 5167 Physiopathologie des Réseaux neuronaux du cycle veille-sommeil, Faculté de Médecine RTH Laennec, Lyon Cedex, France 
  42. Soule, Jonathan, French, University of Bergen, Biomedicine, Bergen, Norway 
  43. Wierzbicka, Aleksandra, Polish, Institute of Psychiatry and Neurolgy, Warsaw, Poland 
  44. Wuyts, Johan, Belgian, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Biological Psychology, Mechelen, Belgium
  45. Zunzunegui, Cristina, Spanish, University Hospital of Zurich, Dept. of  Neurology, Zurich, Switzerland

3rd TRAINING COURSE ESRS-EU « Marie Curie » - PENS Program
Residential Center, University of Bologna, Bertinoro (Italy) May 8-13, 2009

The first event of the Program will be the Training Course that will be held in Bertinoro, Italy, at the Residential Centre of the University of Bologna ( ), from May 8h to May 13th 2009. Thanks to PENS sponsorship, the duration of the event will be lengthened from three days to five. The course will consist of a series of lectures and special sessions aimed towards young sleep researchers/clinicians and neuroscientists who are interested in basic human and animal sleep research, and a special topic, “Sleep and Memory” will be addressed.


The Training Course will be followed from September to 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 is assigned by the Program Committee, as far as possible according to the participant’s preference.