Lyon, France



Dr. Pierre-Hervé Luppi

Team "Sleep"
Université Lyon I, Faculté de Médecine

Pierre-Hervé Luppi, PhD. is a Research Director at the CNRS. Since 2011, He is the head of the team "Physiopathologie des réseaux neuronaux du cycle veille-sommeil" of the centre of Neuroscience of Lyon: UMR 5292 CNRS/U1028 INSERM at the University Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (UCBL), France.

Dr. Luppi obtained his master at UCBL where he worked with Michel Jouvet at the INSERM U52 on the neuroanatomy of the paradoxical sleep generators. He received his PhD in 1989 and entered the CNRS the same year and then remained 12 years in the same laboratory. He was the head of a sleep research CNRS laboratory (UMR 5167) between 2002 and 2010 hosted by the medical school “Faculté Laennec” and member of the «Institut Fédératif des Neurosciences de Lyon ».  He received in 1996 the European Sleep Research Society-SynthéLabo fellowship. Dr. Luppi is deputy editor of “Journal of Sleep Research” and has been secretary (2012-2014, 2018-2020) and vice-President of the European Sleep Research Society (2014-2018).

Dr. Luppi is a fellow of the “Société de Neuroscience”, Society For Neuroscience, IBRO, “Société Française de Recherche sur le Sommeil (SFRS)”, European Sleep Research Society and the Sleep Research Society.

He has published 23 book chapters and 121 research papers (Factor H: 51), plus numerous abstracts.

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. In particular, he described the brainstem network responsible for generating muscle atonia during paradoxal and discover the role of MCH in generating the state. He also more recently described at cellular level the state of the cortex during paradoxical sleep showing that only a few limbic cortical structures are activated by the claustrum and the supramammillary nucleus.

Leiden, The Netherlands


Vice-President (Basic)

Dr. Tom de Boer

Laboratory for Neurophysiology
Department of Molecular Cell Biology
Leiden University Medical Center
The Netherlands

Tom de Boer, PhD, is an Associate professor in the Laboratory for Neurophysiology of the Department of Cell and Chemical 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 100 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.

Ghent, Belgium

Vice-President (Clinical)

Prof. Dr. Dirk A. A. Pevernagie

Associate Professor
Dept. of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Ghent University

Senior staff member
Dept. of Respiratory Diseases and Sleep Medicine Centre
Ghent University Hospital

Dirk Pevernagie is a pulmonologist and ESRS certified somnologist who is currently working at the Ghent University and Ghent University Hospital.

He obtained his PhD in Biomedical Sciences in 1994 with a thesis on ‘Body position and OSA’ based on research performed at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, USA. He has served the Belgian Association for Sleep research and Sleep medicine (BASS) as president from 2000-2008. He has been a (founding) board member of the Dutch Society for Sleep Medicine (SVNL) from 2016 – 2019. Being a member of the ESRS since 1992, he was coopted to the ESRS board from 2006 – 2010 in the capacity of delegate from the Assembly of National Sleep Societies. Recently, he has been serving the ESRS as the chair of the Sleep Medicine Committee and member of the Educational Committee and Examination Subcommittee. He is past director of the Sleep Medicine Centre at Kempenhaeghe, Heeze, The Netherlands.

His main interest is to contribute to the development of sleep medicine as an interdisciplinary and integrative professional domain, accessible to health workers of various disciplines.

Expertise: Clinical sleep medicine:
Keywords: sleep medicine, sleep disorders, sleep-disordered breathing

Reykjavik, Iceland


Dr. Erna Sif Arnardóttir

Department of Engineering and Department of Computer Science
Reykjavik University  

Dr. Erna Sif Arnardottir is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Engineering and Department of Computer Science at Reykjavik University, Iceland. She is also the Director of the newly founded Reykjavik University Sleep Institute. She has over 15 years of experience within the field of clinical and scientific sleep research.

Currently, she is the President of the Icelandic Sleep Research Society and the chair of the Assembly of National Sleep Societies and European Sleep Research Society (ANSS-ESRS) task force “Beyond the apnea-hypopnea index – Standardization of additional measures in adult sleep studies for obstructive sleep disordered breathing”. Dr. Arnardottir is also currently a member of the Sleep Medicine Committee of the ESRS. She is a former member of the executive committee of the ANSS (2014-2020) and coordinated the launch of the ESRS Early Career Research Network in 2014, chairing the network for the first 3 years.

She has authored over 40 published peer-reviewed papers and one book chapter. Currently, Dr. Arnardottir and her team are focusing on new ways to assess the pathophysiological effects of sleep disordered breathing, from habitual snoring to severe sleep apnea. The aim is to increase the use of personalized medicine and machine learning to improve sleep apnea research and clinical practice. Her Google scholar profile shows 2119 citations, an H-index of 19 and i10-index of 27. At present she supervises 7 MSc and 3 PhD students. 


Bologna, Italy


Assistant Secretary

Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Plazzi

Ospedale Bellaria
Bologna, Italy

Dr. Giuseppe Plazzi, MD, PhD is a Professor of Neurology at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, coordinator of the Narcolepsy and Hypersonnia Clinic of the CNS of the Department of Medical and Neuromotor Sciences at the IRCCS of the Neurological Sciences of Bologna; Head of the Laboratories for the Study and Treatment of Sleep Disorders, Department of Biomedical and Neuromotor Sciences, University of Bologna. President of the Italian Sleep Society (AIMS); Vice-President of the EU-Narcolepsy Network (EU-NN). Author of more than 350 publications in peer-review journals.

Focus: Pathophysiology and Treatment of Narcolepsy, in adult and children; neurodegenerative diseases and early markers; genetics of sleep disorders; disorders of motor control in sleep.

Zurich, Switzerland


Prof. Dr. sc Hans-Peter Landolt

University of Zurich,
Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Hans-Peter Landolt holds a PhD in natural sciences (1996; ETH Zurich, Switzerland) and completed fellowships in human psychopharmacology research at the University of Zurich (UZH; 1996-1997) and the University of California in San Diego (UCSD; 1998-2000). He is currently Research Director in Human Sleep Psychopharmacology and Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology at UZH. Hans-Peter’s research combines and integrates methods of specific pharmacology, neurophysiology, human genetics, molecular brain imaging and neuro­cognitive testing, to investigate the roles for neuro­modulators, receptors and transporters in regulating sleep-associated brain functions in health and disease.

Since 2016, Hans-Peter Landolt serves as Treasurer on the Board of the European Sleep Research Society and is Board Member of the Swiss Society of Sleep Research, Sleep Medicine and Chronobiology. He recently co-edited the Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology on Sleep-Wake Neurobiology and Pharmacology (2019) and supports the journal SLEEP as Associate Editor (since 2015). From 2012-2018, he was Co-Director of the Clinical Research Priority Program Sleep & Health at UZH. He is the initiator and a co-founder of the University Center of Competence, Sleep & Health Zurich (SHZ;, of which he currently chairs the Steering Committee. He is also a co-organizer of the international symposia Sleep & Health Zurich 2015, 2018, 2019, and the annual SHZ symposia at UZH.

Yerevan, Armenia

Member Co-Opted from ANSS

Dr. Samson Khachatryan

Chairman, Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery
Armenian National Institute of Health

Medical director, neurologist, sleep clinician
Center for sleep and movement disorders, Somnus Neurology Clinic

President, Armenian Sleep Disorders Association

Samson Khachatryan MD PhD is a neurologist and sleep clinician. Currently Dr. Khachatryan is  the Chairman of the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery at the Armenian National Institute of Health. He is the medical director at "Somnus" Neurology Clinic, Center for Sleep and Movement Disorders, Yerevan, Armenia. Dr. Khachatryan serves as the Neurology Consultant to the Ministry of Health, Armenia. He is the founder and current president of the Armenian Sleep Disorders Association and Executive Committee member of the Assembly of National Sleep Societies of European Sleep Research Society.

Dr. Khachatryan passed fellowships and trainings related mostly to sleep medicine and epilepsy at the Cleveland Clinic Sleep Disorders Center, New York-Cornell Medical Center’s Sleep and Epilepsy center, University of Bern’s Inselspital’s Sleep and EEG center, Pathophysiology of neural networks in the sleep-wake cycle laboratory, University of Lyon, University of Innsbruck Department of Neurology, Sleep Disorders Centers, Lugano Center for Sleep disorders and Epilepsy.

Dr.  Khachatryan conducts research in sleep disorders and epilepsy. His current projects include “Role of sleep disorders in epilepsy”, “Prevalence of sleep disorders in Armenian general population”. He is also a collaborator in other international neurological and sleep medicine related projects. By the end of 2019 Dr. Khachatryan had a mutual agreement with the Institute of Molecular Biology in Yerevan, Armenia, to develop projects related to basic sleep research in Armenia.

Advisory Members

Dublin, Ireland

Past President (2016-2020)

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.


Freiburg, Germany

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.

East Providence, USA

Representative of a non-European sleep research society

Prof. Mary Carskadon

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

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