Prof. Dr. Walter McNicholas
Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine
St. Vincent’s University Hospital
Elm Park,
Dublin 4, Ireland

Phone: +353-1-2213702
Fax: +353-1-2213576

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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.

Vice-President (Basic)

Dr. Pierre-Hervé Luppi
Team "Sleep"
Université Lyon I
Faculté de Médecine Laënnec
7, Rue Guillaume Paradin
F-69372 Lyon, Cedex 08, France

Phone: +33 4 78 77 10 40
Fax: +33 4 78 77 10 22

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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-President (Clinical)

Prof. Tiina Paunio
Dept. of Genetic Epidemiology
Haartmaninkan 3, Biolmedicum
FI - 00200 Helsinki, Finland

Phone: +358 50 3507936

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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.


Dr. Lino Nobili
Child Neuropsychiatry Unit
G. Gaslini Institute
Department of Neuroscience – Rehabilitation –
Ophthalmology – Genetics – Child and Maternal Health (DINOGMI)
University of Genova
Genova, Italy


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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.

Assistant Secretary

Dr. Tom de Boer
Laboratory for Neurophysiology
Department of Molecular Cell Biology
Leiden University Medical Center
PO Box 9600
2300 RC Leiden, The Netherlands

Phone: +31+71 526 9771

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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.


Dr. Hans-Peter Landolt
University of Zurich,
Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Winterthurerstrasse 190
Ch-8057 Zurich, Switzerland

Phone: + 41 – 44 – 635 59 53

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After training in pharmacy and pharmacology at the Université de Fribourg and the ETH Zürich, Hans‐ Peter Landolt obtained a PhD in Natural Sciences from the ETH Zürich (1996), followed by postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Zürich (1996‐1997) and the University of California in San Diego (UCSD) (1998‐2000). Upon completion of a 3‐year Fellowship in Clinical Psychopharmacological Research at UCSD, he returned in 2001 as group leader and senior research associate to the Institute of Pharma‐ cology and Toxicology of the University of Zürich. In 2003, he habilitated (Venia legendi) in Pharma‐ cology and Toxicology and in early 2010, he was promoted to Professor. Based upon his vision for the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration in sleep research, he initiated the Zürich Center of inter‐ disciplinary Sleep Research (ZiS) and currently acts as co‐director of the Clinical Research Priority Program Sleep & Health of the University of Zürich.

Dr. Landolt’s research combines and integrates methods of specific pharmacology, neurophysiology, molecular genetics, brain imaging and neurocognitive testing, to investigate the roles for neuro‐ modulators, receptors and transporters in regulating sleep‐associated waking functions in health and disease. In convergent series of investigations, his laboratory discovered the importance of distinct genetic factors that modulate neuronal communication in the regulation of sleep intensity and sleep propensity, as well as in the efficacy of sleep‐ and wake‐promoting agents. He has authored more than 90 peer‐reviewed original research articles, reviews, and book chapters in sleep research.

Hans‐Peter Landolt has been a member of the ESRS since 1996 and served in the ESRS Scientific Committee from 2004‐2008. He co‐organized the 3rd European Course in Basic and Clinical Sleep Research in Zürich (2005), the international Symposium “25 Years Two‐Process Model of Sleep Regulation: Future Perspectives” in Ittingen (2007), and was a site‐leader of the EU‐ESRS „Marie Curie“‐ Project Training in Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine (2007‐2010). Since 2015, he serves as Associate Editor of SLEEP.

Member Co-Opted from ANSS

Prof. Dr. Johan Verbraecken
Antwerp University Hospital
Multidisciplinary Sleep Disorders Centre
B-2650 Edegem (Antwerp), Belgium

Phone: +32 3 821 38 00

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Prof. Dr. Johan Verbraecken is medical coordinator of the Multidisciplinary Sleep Disorders Centre  of the Antwerp University Hospital (UZA), and expert in the field of respiratory sleep medicine for more than 20 years. At the same time he is visiting professor at the University of Antwerp (Belgium). Currently he is president of the Belgian Association for Sleep research and  Sleep medicine, past chair of the Sleep and Control of Breathing Group of the European Respiratory Society (ERS) and past ERS E-Learning Director. He is chair or member of different ERS Task Forces in the field of respiratory sleep medicine, and is also engaged as chair of the ERS Training Centre Accreditation Review Committee. He is author or coauthor of more than 100 scientific papers and book chapters related to sleep and breathing.

Advisory Members

Past President

Prof. Dr. Philippe Peigneux
Neuropsychology and Functional Neuroimaging Research Unit
Université Libre de Bruxelles
Avenue F. D. Roosevelt 50
B-1050 Bruxelles, Belgium

Phone: +32 650 4581
Fax: +32-2 650 22 09

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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.

Editor of the Journal of Sleep Research

Prof. Dr. Dieter Riemann
Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
University Freiburg
Hauptstrasse 5
D-79104 Freiburg, Germany

Phone: +49-761-270-6919
Fax : +49-761-270-6523

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Dieter Riemann has a Ph. D. in Psychology and is a full Professor of Clinical Psychophysio-logy at the Dept. of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy of Freiburg University Medical Center/ Germany since 1993. In 2000 he was appointed Section Head for Clinical Psychology and Psychophysiology at the Department. He is also Head of the Sleep Laboratory of the Department (with five bedrooms equipped with up to date sleep monitoring technology) and was a member of the board of the German Sleep Society, head of the work group Insomnia and has been involved in editing the first and second edition of guidelines for Non-restorative sleep in Germany. From 2006 - 2008 he held an appointment as Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical School/NY. In 2007 he was appointed a member of the APA´s work group sleep disorders for the completion of DSM-V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association). Since 2008 he is the treasurer of the European Sleep Research Societies. In 2009 he founded the European Insomnia Network (EIN).

He has been active in psychiatric sleep research for more than two decades and has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and given numerous presentations at national and international meetings. He pioneered the introduction of cognitive behavioral treatment for insomnia (CBT-I) in Germany and has served as a primary investigator in many studies on epidemiological, diagnostic and neurobiological aspects of insomnia. Presently his work focuses, besides other interests, mainly on different aspects of insomnia including diagnostics, epidemiology, therapeutics and neurobiology. His latest activities include a federally funded study on the effects of nicotine and nicotine withdrawal on sleep, a study on sleep perception and several EU funded projects. 


Representative of a non-European sleep research society:

Prof. Mary Carskadon
Sleep Research Laboratory
Bradley Hosp./Brown Univ. Sch. of  Medicine
1011 Veterans Memorial Parkway
RI 02915 East Providence, USA

Phone: +1 4 0142 19440
Fax: +1 4 0145 33578