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, 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.

Phone: +31+71 526 9771

Vice-President (Basic)

Dr. Tom de Boer

Laboratory for Neurophysiology
Department of Molecular Cell Biology

Leiden University Medical Center
PO Box 9600
2300 RC Leiden, 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.

+32 93322611

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

Corneel Heymanslaan 10 (address of both institutes)
9000 Gent

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 


Dr. Erna Sif Arnardóttir

Department of Engineering and Department of Computer Science
Reykjavik University  
Menntavegur 1, 102, 101
Reykjavík, Iceland

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. 



Phone: 0514966978

Assistant Secretary

Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Plazzi

Ospedale Bellaria
via Altura, 3
40139 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.

Winterthurerstrasse 190
Ch-8057 Zurich, Switzerland

Phone: + 41 – 44 – 635 59 53


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.

Advisory Members

Elm Park,
Dublin 4, Ireland

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

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.


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.

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


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