Elm Park,
Dublin 4, Ireland

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


Prof. Dr. Walter McNicholas

Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, St. Vincent’s University Hospital

WALTER MCNICHOLAS is Newman Clinical Research Professor at University College Dublin (UCD) and Consultant in Respiratory and Sleep Medicine at St. Vincent’s Hospital Group, Dublin. He is current President of the European Sleep Research Society (ESRS) and a former President of the European Respiratory Society (ERS). He is a medical graduate of UCD and undertook his postgraduate training in Respiratory and Sleep Medicine at the University of Toronto. Walter is a Research Fellow at the UCD Conway Research Institute and is part of a multidisciplinary research group based in St. Vincent’s and the Conway Institute, which collaborates with other groups within UCD and throughout Europe. His research interests range from human clinical to basic cell and molecular biology, and include the pathophysiology, treatment and outcomes of obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome (OSA), 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 and is active in public health policy around driving risk in patients with OSA and sleepiness. He has supervised many PhD and other Doctoral research students over the past 30 years in his research laboratory at UCD and St. Vincent’s.

Walter is a past Associate Editor of the European Respiratory Journal and has published over 230 full papers in International Peer-reviewed Journals (h-index: 49 in Web of Science; 65 in Google Scholar). He serves on the Editorial Boards of several International Respiratory and Sleep Journals and is Associate or Section Editor in four journals. Walter has held many Leadership positions in National and International organisations. In addition to his current role as President of the European Sleep Research Society, he was President of the European Respiratory Society in 2003-2004 and President of the European Board of Accreditation in Pneumology from 2010-2014. He chaired an EU-sponsored COST Action (B26) on Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (2005-2010), and recently chaired a Working Group established by the Transport and Mobility Directorate of the European Commission on Sleep Apnoea and Driving (2012-2013), which led to an official EU Directive on this topic, issued in June 2014, that is now mandatory throughout all EU member states.


Leiden University Medical Center
PO Box 9600
2300 RC Leiden, The Netherlands

Phone: +31+71 526 9771

Vice-President (Basic)

Dr. Tom de Boer

Laboratory for Neurophysiology
Department of Molecular Cell Biology

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.

FI - 00200 Helsinki, Finland

Phone: +358 50 3507936

Vice-President (Clinical)

Prof. Tiina Paunio

Dept. of Genetic Epidemiology
Haartmaninkan 3, Biolmedicum

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.

F-69372 Lyon, Cedex 08, France

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


Dr. Pierre-Hervé Luppi

Team "Sleep"
Université Lyon I
Faculté de Médecine Laënnec 7, Rue Guillaume Paradin

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.

Via Mondino 2
27100 Pavia, Italy

Phone: +3903823801/380316

Assistant Secretary

Dr. Raffaele Manni

National Institute of Neurology C. Mondino Foundation

Raffaele Manni, M.D., born in 1953, degree in Medicine in 1977, specialization in Neurology in 1981 and in Clinical Neurophysiology in 1985 at the University of Pavia. He  set up a Sleep Laboratory at the National Institute of Neurology C. Mondino Foundation in the mid-eighties and  he has then been running the  Unit of Sleep Medicine and Epilepsy of this Institute  since 2002.He is engaged in several educational activities in the field of sleep and epilepsy, as professor per contract at University of Pavia, teacher at Sleep Medicine Master of the University Alma Mater of Bologna  and VIREPA e-learning courses of the International League against Epilepsy.

Raffaele Manni served  as counsellor and secretary of the Italian Association of Sleep Medicine (AIMS) where he serves now as probo viro. He served as member of the ESRS Scientific Committee  from 2010 to 2014. He is Author of  150  papers in peer-reviewed journals and of several book chapters.

His research is focused on investigation of clinical and pathophysiological aspects of insomnia, circadian disorders, parasomnias and hypersomnias  and of sleep disorders and circadian dysfunction in neurological diseases, namely epilepsy, headache, Parkinson disease and dementia.

Winterthurerstrasse 190
Ch-8057 Zurich, Switzerland

Phone: + 41 – 44 – 635 59 53


Dr. Hans-Peter Landolt

University of Zurich,
Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology

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.

Sos. Viilor, 90, sector 5,
Bucharest, Romania

Phone: +4021 335 69 10

Member Co-Opted from ANSS

Dr. Oana Deleanu

Lecturer at “Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy”,
Senior doctor at "Prof. Dr. Marius Nasta National Institute of Pulmonology”

Dr. Oana-Claudia Deleanu is PhD in Pulmonology, with the thesis „Peculiarities of Evolution under CPAP Therapy in Patients with OSAS and Arterial Hypertension, Including Resistant”. Following her formation as doctor at the National Institute of Pulmonology (specialist since 2007, senior since 2011), she obtained the position of universitary assistant at “Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy” in 2008 and the position of lecturer in 2015.

Since 2007, she has been working at the National Institute of Pneumology’s Sleep Laboratory as volunteer. In 2014 she has obtained the ERS certified diploma as sleep expert, as well as other diplomas such as “Competency in Somnology, level I and level I+II” (2013) and “Noninvasive Ventilation (2015)” authorized by Romanian Ministry of Health (based on European trainings).

Since 2008, she has been actively participating to multiple national and international conferences and she has been the author/co-author of over 200 presentations and 95 national and international specialized publications, including book chapters, most of them related to the sleep pathology.

The main interest of Dr. Oana-Claudia Deleanu is related to the effect of CPAP on cardiologic features in patients with (resistant) hypertension and obstructive sleep apnea, but also o the clinical aspects related to smoking effects on sleep. In regards to the above-mentioned, she has been a constant member of different research teams involved in national or international projects.
Between 2013 and 2017, Dr. Oana-Claudia Deleanu has been the president of the Romanian Sleep Society, taking as well part in the organization of the Sleep and NIV Conferences (2013, 2014, 2015, and 2017).
In 2017, she has been elected as member of the Executive Committee of Assembly of the National Sleep Society of ESRS.

Advisory Members

Avenue F. D. Roosevelt 50
B-1050 Bruxelles, Belgium

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

Past President

Prof. Dr. Philippe Peigneux

Neuropsychology and Functional Neuroimaging Research Unit
Université Libre de Bruxelles

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) and President of the ESRS (2012-2016). At present he is Past President of the ESRS.

Hauptstrasse 5
D-79104 Freiburg, Germany

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

Editor of the Journal of Sleep Research

Prof. Dr. Dieter Riemann

Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
University Freiburg


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). From 2008-2016 he was the treasurer of the European Sleep Research Societiy. 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.

1011 Veterans Memorial Parkway
RI 02915 East Providence, USA

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

Representative of a non-European sleep research society

Prof. Mary Carskadon

Sleep Research Laboratory
Bradley Hosp./Brown Univ. Sch. of  Medicine


For further information about the ESRS,
please contact the ESRS Office:
Andreasstr. 4 93053 Regensburg Germany
Phone: +49 941 29091271
Fax: +49 941 29080975

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