Sleep Medicine Committee (SMC)

Heeze, The Netherlands / Gent, Belgium


Prof. Dr. Dirk Pevernagie

Dirk Pevernagie (55 years old) is a pulmonologist who is currently medical director of the multidisciplinary Sleep Medicine Centre of Kempenhaeghe Foundation in Heeze, The Netherlands. He is also Associate Professor of Medicine at the Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, at the Ghent University in Belgium. He obtained his PhD in Biomedical Sciences in 1994 with a thesis on ‘Body position and OSA’. He was coordinator of the Sleep Medicine Centre at the Department of Pulmonary Diseases at the Ghent University Hospital from 1991 – 2007. He has served the Belgian Association for Sleep research and Sleep medicine (BASS) as president from 2000-2008. He was member of the ESRS board from 2006 – 2010 in the capacity of coopted member from the Assembly of National Sleep Societies. He continues serving the ESRS as a member of the Sleep Medicine and Educational Committees. As a promotor he has been coaching doctoral students. He has published several peer reviewed papers and book chapters related to sleep and breathing, pharmacotherapy and chronic unexplained fatigue (Factor H: 12). He has been active as a speaker at international symposia, and has organised scientific meetings. He is coordinator of the International Sleep Medicine Course, organised jointly by the Belgian, Dutch and British Sleep Societies. As of 2008, he has been appointed Field Editor for the journal Sleep Medicine.

Helsinki, Finland

Vice-Coordinator / ESRS Vice-President (Clinical) / EduCom Coordinator:

Prof. Tiina Paunio

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.

Ljubljana, Slovenia

EC ANSS Representative

Dr. Barbara Strazisar

Dr. Barbara Gnidovec Stražišar is a board certified paedatrician, child neurologist and expert in sleep medicine with almost two decades experience in working with children and adolescents with sleep disorders. She recieved her somnology traninig by Marie Josephe Challamel in Child Sleep Research Unit at Centre hospitalier Lyon-Sud in Lyon and Dr. Richard Ferber at Centre for Pediatric Sleep Disorders in Children’s Hospital Boston. Currently she is the president of the Slovenian Sleep Society and the head of Paediatric department in General Hospital Celje where is located the only accredited Center for Paediatric Sleep Disorders in Slovenia. She is furthermore part-time researcher in the Centre for Sleep Disorders at the Institute for Clinical Neurophysiology in University Medical Centre Ljubljana. Her main research interests are circadian rhythm disorders and sleep in children with neurodevelopmental delay.

Reykjavik, Iceland


Dr. Erna Sif Arnardóttir

Dr. Erna Sif Arnardottir is the Director of Sleep Measurements at the Landspitali – The National University Hospital of Iceland and a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Iceland. Currently she is the President of the Icelandic Sleep Research Society. She is the coordinator of the launch of the ESRS Early Career Research Network and a member of the ERS/ESRS Taskforce ”Technical Standards for the scoring of respiratory events using type III devices for the diagnosis of sleep disordered breathing”. She is author or coauthor of over 20 published peer-reviewed papers and one book chapter. Her main research interests are the adverse physical effects of sleep disordered breathing from snoring to obstructive sleep apnea, the standardization of sleep measurements and scoring methods as well as the relationship between circadian rhythm and sleep

Split, Croatia


Prof. Dr. Zoran Dogas

Zoran Dogas, MD, PhD is Professor of Neuroscience and Head of the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Split School of Medicine. He is also Director of the Split Sleep Medicine Center of the University Hospital and Split School of Medicine in Croatia.
Prof. Zoran Dogas was born and raised in Split, Croatia. He graduated from the Zagreb University School of Medicine, was trained in Neurophysiology in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA and Split, Croatia, and performed research fellowship at the Anesthesia Department, Medical College of Wisconsin. From 1997 he founded and directed the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Split School of Medicine and started experimental Basic Neuroscience Laboratory. Since 2002 he founded sleep laboratory, which is developed into the present Split Sleep Medicine Center. He is also a present chair of the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He authored several book chapters in physiology, neuroscience and principles of scientific research, and over 75 scientific publications in indexed international journals on the topics of neurophysiology and neuropharmacology of breathing control, neuroplasticity of breathing, anesthetic effects on breathing, sleep medicine, medical education, and medical ethics. He was PI on 6 research grants, and mentor on 4 masters and 9 doctoral theses.
Zoran Dogas is a member of several Croatian and international societies, current President of the Croatian Somnological Society, and current chair of the Education Committee of the European Sleep Research Society. He served 4 years as an Executive Committee of the Assembly of National Sleep Societies member and co-chair, as well as 2 years as a board member of the ESRS.
He organized several international scientific meetings and is a coordinator of the Brain Awareness Week in Split in the last 12 years.
Prof. Zoran Dogas serves as a present vice-dean for teaching and student affairs at the University of Split, School of Medicine.
He was awarded Annual Science Award for 2012 by the Croatian Parliament.

Paris, France


Prof. Dr. Marie-Pia d’Ortho

M.P. d’Ortho, MD PhD, is head of Departement of Physiology – Functionnal Explorations at Bichat University Hospital in Paris France, since 2014, Head of Bichat Sleep Centre since 2008. Prior she was head of Sleep Center in University Hospital in Creteil, France (1989-2008). Professor in Physiology since 2003, at Creteil Medical School (2003-2008) then at Denis Diderot – Paris 7 University since 2008.

Pr d’Ortho was graduate (MD), specialized in pneumology, at Paris Ouest Medical School in 1994. She received her PhD degree in 1994 and was post-doctorant student in cell and molecular biology in Cambridge (1994-1996). She received the Sleep and wake inter-university Diploma, Creteil University, in 1997, and the diploma “Habilitation à diriger les recherches” (habilitation for heading research projects) in 2001. She served as vice-president of the French Sleep Society from 2007 to 2009, and as president from 2009 to 2011.

Pr d’Ortho has published 6 book chapters, 82 papers in peer-review journals.

She was certified as Somnologist, expert in Sleep Medicine, in the first examination for grandfathers organized by ESRS in 2013. Currently Pr d’Ortho serves as member of Sleep Medicine Committee of ESRS.

Oxford, UK


Prof. Colin Espie

Professor Colin Espie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology (BSc), a Master of Applied Science in Clinical Psychology (MAppSci), a Doctorate in Sleep Research (PhD) and a Doctor of Science (DSc) by published works on sleep disorders. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society (FBPsS), a Chartered Clinical Psychologist (CPsychol) and is certificated by the European Sleep Research Society as a Clinical Expert in Behavioural Sleep Medicine (Somnologist). He is Professor of Sleep Medicine in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Oxford, where he is part of the newly established Sleep & Circadian Neuroscience Institute (SCNi). He is closely involved with the development of a new online MSc/ PgDip in Sleep Medicine at the University of Oxford which matches the ESRS catalogue of knowledge and skills for sleep medicine practice. He is Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Glasgow, and holds or has held visiting or adjunct appointments at University of Rochester (NY), Université Laval, Quebec City, University of Rome La Sapienza, and University of Sydney. He is a past Chair of the Scientific Committee of the European Sleep Research Society and is Membership Secretary for the World Sleep Federation. He is Deputy Editor of the two leading journals in the field, the Journal of Sleep Research and SLEEP, and has published over 200 scientific papers and 5 books, including the Oxford Handbook of Sleep and Sleep Disorders, published in 2012. He co-founded ‘Sleepio’ to allow the widest population possible to benefit from evidence based clinical practice for insomnia.

Madrid, Spain


Prof. Dr. Diego García-Borreguero

Diego García-Borreguero, MD, PhD, is currently Director of the Sleep Research Institute, in Madrid and was until 2005, the Director of the Sleep Disorders Center at the Dept of Neurology of the Fundación Jiménez Díaz (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), Spain. He received his medical degree from the University of Navarra. Prior to his present position, Dr. García-Borreguero completed fellowships in Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, and underwent residency training at the Max Planck Institute in Munich, Germany.  He completed his PhD at the University of Munich.

His main area of research is Restless Legs Syndrome, where he is one of the leading international experts. Within that field, his main focus of research is circadian rhythms, dopaminergic augmentation and treatment outcomes.

Dr. Garcia-Borreguero served between 2004 and 2008 as Secretary of the ESRS Board, and is currently a member of the ESRS-Sleep Medicine Committee and vice-chair of the ESRS-EU Committee. He is currently president of the Spanish Sleep Society.
Since 2011 he also chairs the International Restless Legs Study Group(

Oporto, Portugal


Dr. Marta Gonçalves

MD Psychiatry with a Master’s Degree in Psychiatry and Mental Health- University of Porto School of Medicine – 2001; Currently doing a PhD in Public Health in University of Porto, since 2013.
Invited teacher of Sleep Medicine for the Doctorate Degree in Clinical Neurosciences, Neuropsychiatry and Mental Health- University of Porto Medical School.
Certified Expert Somnologist – 2012, ESRS.

Member of the Commission for Sleep Medicine Competency nominated by the Portuguese Medical Association in 2012 .

Scientific Consultant of the National Program for Respiratory Diseases (sleep apnea) 2012 from the Directorate General of Health.

Head of Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine Departments in the Hospital CUF Porto, Porto-Portugal where there is ongoing research in Neuro-Psychiatry and Sleep; Oncology and Sleep and the Non pharmacological treatments of insomnia.

President of the Portuguese Sleep Association during 2008/2011 and re-elected for 2011-2013.

Main organizer and teacher in post-graduate sleep medicine courses for general practitioners, medical specialists, nurses and pharmacists since 1996.

Member of the Organizing Committee in various national and international congresses and invited speaker in multiple scientific events.

Genova, Italy


Dr. Lino Nobili

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.

Parma, Italy


Prof Dr. Liborio Parrino

Liborio Parrino is Associate Professor at Parma University. Medical Doctor with Ph.D. in Neurological and Neurosensorial Disciplines and Montpellier University Diplome in Veille et Sommeil.

He is President of the Italian Association of Sleep Medicine (AIMS), Assistant Treasurer of the Executive Committee of the World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM) and Co-Chiar of the WASM World Sleep Day Committee.

Member of the Editorial Board of the journals SLEEP MEDICINE and SLEEP DISORDERS. Member of the European Sleep Research Society. Member of the Ethical Committee of the Parma University Hospital.

Co-author of over 180 articles (ISI Web of Science), on sleep medicine with H-Index: 36.
Reviewer of over 200 manuscripts submittted to SLEEP MEDICINE and other specialized journas in the field of sleep and clinical neurophysiology.

Berlin, Germany


Prof. Dr. Thomas Penzel

Interdisciplinary Sleep Medicine Centre, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Thomas Penzel is the director of research of the Interdisciplinary Sleep Medicine Centre at the Charité University Hospital, Berlin, Germany, since 2006. He studied physics, human biology, physiology and medical informatics at the University Marburg, Germany. In 2001, he received the Bial Award in Clinical Medicine in Portugal, in 2008 the Bill Gruen Award for Innovations in Sleep Research by the American Sleep Research Society, and in 2012 the Somnus Award by the Sleep magazine in Germany. He is the chair of the Sleep Medicine Committee of the ESRS. He is the secretary of the German Sleep Society, the president of the Berlin Brandenburg Sleep Association, the chair of the Professional Activities Committee of the World Association of Sleep Medicine, the editor-in-chief of the German journal Somnologie. He published more than 200 papers on sleep research and sleep medicine with a focus on methodology, sleep disordered breathing and the cardiovascular system during sleep.

Valencia, Spain


Dr. Javier Puertas

F. Javier PUERTAS, MD, PhD. (Alicante, Spain, 1968) is head of Department of Clinical Neurophysiology and Sleep Medicine Centre at La Ribera University Hospital in Valencia, Spain since 1999, and assistant professor of Physiology at University of Valencia from 2001. Graduated (MD) at Valencia University Medical School in 1993. Clinical Neurophysiology resident at La Fe University Hospital in Valencia, 1994-1997. Fellowship in Sleep Medicine at Sleep and Wake Disorders Center, Montpellier University Hospital under the direction of Prof M. Billiard, 1997-1998. Sleep and wake interuniversity Diploma, Montpellier University in 1998. Dr Puertas received his PhD degree in 2006. He has served as secretary of the Spanish Sleep Society from 2003 to 2006, and later as president, 2006-2010. He was appointed member of advisory board and scientific co-coordinator of Quality Standards of Sleep Units Document published by Spanish Health Ministry in 2011. Dr Puertas has published 6 book chapters, 36 papers, and more than 60 abstracts. He has been involved in the organization of first interdisciplinary accreditation course and examination in Sleep Medicine in Spain. Dr Puertas was certified as Somnologist, expert in Sleep Medicine, in the first examination for grandfathers organized by ESRS in 2012. Currently Dr Puertas serves as member of Executive Committee of Assembly of National Sleep societies, a body member of ESRS and co-opted member of ESRS board.

Goettingen, Germany

Prof. Dr. Andrea Rodenbeck

Antwerp, Belgium


Prof. Dr. Johan Verbraecken

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.

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