Scientific Committee









Clinics         +41 44 255 88 19
Research:    +41 44 255 13 27
Direct:         +41 44 255 55 02


Prof. Dr. med Christian R. Baumann

Senior Leading Physician
Sleep and Movement Disorders Units
Department of Neurology
University Hospital Zurich
CH-8091 Zurich

Associate Professor of Neurology
Lead HMZ Flagship «SleepLoop»
University of Zurich

Christian R. Baumann, MD, is Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of Zurich and the University Hospital Zurich. He obtained his MD in 1998 (University of Zurich) and started research in the field of sleep-wake medicine in 2003, under the mentorship of Prof. Claudio Bassetti. Ever since, he learned and worked in the Clinical Sleep Laboratory at the University Hospital Zurich, in the Animal Sleep Laboratory at the University of Zurich (Prof. Irene Tobler), in the Animal Sleep Research Facility of Prof. Mehdi Tafti (University of Geneva), and in the group of Prof. Thomas Scammell (Boston).

Since 2009, he leads the Sleep Medicine Unit and the Unit of Movement Disorders in the Department of Neurology of the University Hospital Zurich. In addition, he co-leads the Animals Sleep Laboratory in the same department, together with Dr. Daniela Noain. Christian Baumann is a neurologist performing clinical, human basic and animal sleep-wake research, and his group works in a bidirectional translational setup. The key interests of the group concern the relationship between sleep and brain disease, the hypersomnias, and the development of novel technologies for sleep diagnosis and treatment. He led a large interdisciplinary research project at the University of Zurich, together with Prof. Hans-Peter Landolt, and is currently co-director of a Hochschulmedizin Flagship Project (SleepLoop) of the ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich, together with Prof. Reto Huber and Prof. Walter Karlen.






Tel: +39-328-7538815


Dr. Maria R. Bonsignore

Dipartimento PROMISE
Università di Palermo
Piazza delle Cliniche, 2
90127 Palermo

Dr. Maria R. Bonsignore graduated in Medicine in 1979 and is a Specialist in Cardiology (1982), and Respiratory Medicine (1988). ERS Young Investigator Award in 1991. Fellow of ERS since 2018. ERS Sadoul Lecture in 2020. 1990-2002: Researcher, National Council of Research (CNR), Italy. Since 2002, Associate Professor of Respiratory Medicine, University of Palermo. 2005-2009: Director of the Residency Program in Respiratory Medicine, University of Palermo. 2017: National certification for Full Professor in Respiratory Medicine. Periods abroad: 1983-1986 University of California, San Francisco, USA; 1999 University of Toronto, Canada; 2001: University of Madison, Wisconsin, USA; 2009: University of Barcelona, Spain.

Main research activities on: hypoxia, cardiovascular and metabolic aspects of sleep apnea. In 2005, proposed the EU COST Action B26, during which the European Sleep Apnea Database was established, and is currently funded as a ERS Cinical Research Collaboration.Secretary (2012-2014) and Head (2014-2017) of the ERS Assembly 4 (Clinical Physiology, Sleep and Pulmonary Circulation). Chair of ESADA in 2018-19. 2018: Organizer of the ESADA Workshop on: “Analysis of big data in OSA” (Palermo, 6-7 July 2018). Chair of the ERS TF on Sleep Apnea and Driving Risk, published in 2020. Author of 145 papers published in International journals. H-Index Scopus: 39. Member of the Editorial Board of Chest (2005-2014) and ERJ (2017-current) and reviewer for several Respiratory, Cardiovascular and Physiology

Tel: +39 0862 433604



Prof. Dr. Michele Ferrara

Department of Biotechnological and Applied Clinical Sciences
University of L’Aquila
Via Vetoio, Coppito 2
67100 Coppito (AQ)

Michele Ferrara is a Full Professor in Psychobiology and Physiological Psychology, and Head of the Laboratory of Sleep Psychophysiology and Cognitive Neuroscience, University of L’Aquila, Italy.

Graduated in Experimental Psychology, he obtained a Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Rome “Sapienza”. He has been consultant of the Italian Air Force Aerospace Medicine Research Center. Presently, he is Chair of the Psychology Didactic Council, Department of Biotechnological and Applied Clinical Sciences, University of L’Aquila, Italy.

He participates in Doctoral School Boards since 2007, currently being a member of the Faculty Board of the Research Doctorate in Experimental Medicine. Member of the scientific committee of the Italian Association of Sleep Medicine (AIMS) since 2019.

Author of more than 150 publications in international indexed and peer-reviewed journals. His research activity has mainly focused on the relationship between sleep and higher cognitive processes (attention, memory, learning, executive functions); the relationship between sleep and regulation of emotional processes; the effects of sleep deprivation on cognitive, behavioral and electrophysiological variables; cortical topography of the EEG of sleep and wakefulness; hippocampal and human neocortical sleep by means of intracerebral stereo-EEG recordings.

Telephone: +43 (0) 662 / 8044 – 5143


Dr. Kerstin Hoedlmoser

Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience
Hellbrunnerstraße 34
5020 Salzburg

Kerstin Hoedlmoser studied psychology and sports science in Salzburg, Austria. She is co-director of the Laboratory of Sleep, Cognition and Consciousness in Salzburg. She is a member of the ESRS since 2006 and was a fellow of the ESRS-EU Marie Curie Project ‘Training in Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine’ between 2007 and 2010. In 2014 she received the ESRS Young symposium award. Currently Kerstin is an Associate Professor at the University of Salzburg at the Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience. Her research strives for investigation sleep and cognition, especially in children and adolescents. Beside her research career she is clinical and health psychologist, sports psychologist as well as cognitive behaviour psychotherapist.

Phone: +41 21 692 5294


Dr. Anita Lüthi

DNF - University of Lausanne
rue du Bugnon 9
1005 Lausanne

Anita Luthi is Associate Professor since 2014 at the Department of Fundamental Neurosciences at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. She studied Biology and Physics at the University of Basel and obtained her PhD in 1995 at the Brain Research Institute of the University of Zürich. She carried out post-doctoral work at Yale University during which she started investigating ionic and synaptic mechanisms underlying sleep rhythms. After returning to Switzerland, she started a Junior Research Group at the University of Basel and moved to the University of Lausanne as an Assistant Professor in 2008. She has published in major neuroscience journals, has received several awards and is a board member of the Swiss Neuroscience and Sleep Research Societies, as well as former President of the Swiss Physiological Society. Her research focuses on the role of thalamocortical rhythm generators in the control of sleep’s spatial and temporal regulation, in sensory processing and memory consolidation.



Dr. Nayanthara Santhi

University of Northumbria
Dept of Pyschology
2 Sandyford Rd
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8QH
United Kingdom

Nayantara Santhi obtained a PhD in Experimental Psychology from Northeastern University in Boston. Following this she did a post-doctoral fellowship, with Professor Charles Czeisler and Dr. Jeanne Duffy at the Division of Sleep Medicine, Harvard Medical School, during which she worked on examining the role of sleep and circadian rhythms in cognition and how light influences human circadian rhythms. She then joined the Surrey Sleep Research Centre as a Research Fellow and since October 2019 has been a faculty in the Department of Psychology at Northumbria University in the UK. She now focuses on examining the social brain through the lens of sleep and circadian regulation and continues to study the non-visual photoreception.


Dr. Christina Schmidt

CHU - B34
Quartier Hôpital
Avenue de l'Hôpital,11
4000 Liège

Christina Schmidt leads a research group at the GIGA-CRC in Vivo Imaging research unit of the University of Liège, Belgium. She studied psychology at the University of Liège and received her PhD in 2009. She spent several years as a post-doctoral fellow in Prof. C. Cajochen’s laboratory at the University of Basel, Switzerland before she was awarded an ERC starting grant and a permanent position at the University of Liège by the Belgian National Science Foundation (FRS-FNRS) .Christina leads a team at the Sleep and Chronobiology research group and is also affiliated to the Psychology and Neurosciences of Cognition research Unit of the University of Liège. Her main research interests consist in the assessment of sleep-wake regulation on human cognition and its cerebral correlates, with a particular emphasis on the aging process.


Phone: +49 761 270-69780


Prof. Dr. Dr. Kai Spiegelhalder

University of Freiburg Medical Centre
Department of Psychiatry and Psychotheray
Hauptstraße 5
79104 Freiburg

Kai Spiegelhalder holds a medical degree and a diploma degree in Psychology from the University of Freiburg. He finished his PhD under the supervision of Dieter Riemann at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University of Freiburg Medical Centre, in 2008. Thereafter, he worked as a research group leader and deputy head of the Department of Psychophysiology and Sleep Medicine at the University of Freiburg Medical Centre. Since 2018, he is an extraordinary professor for psychology at the University of Freiburg. His present research is focused on studying the aetiology and treatment of insomnia.
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