Web Committee

Bristol, United Kingdom


Dr. Bogdan Voinescu

Dr. Bogdan Voinescu, MD, is psychiatrist at Bristol Royal Infirmary, University Hospitals Bristol ,UK, and a visiting researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, UK. He was a clinical research fellow at King’s College London and a lecturer in Psychiatry at the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Since 2008, he has conducted doctoral and post-doctoral research activities related to the study of sleep and circadian rhythms, being particularly interested in the insomnia disorder and the circadian preference. He was a fellow of the Marie Curie training programme “Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research” (2010) and won several research grants, including one from the European Sleep Research Society (2010). In 2012, he organised and chaired a School of Advanced Studies on sleep and circadian rhythms in Romania. He is the recipient of several prizes, travel grants and fellowships for young researchers, e.g. from the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (2015), FENS-IBRO (2013), International Society of Behavioral Medicine (2012) or World Psychiatric Association (2011).

Dublin, Ireland

ESRS President & Board Representative

Prof. Dr. Walter McNicholas

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 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 current Associate Editor of the journals European Respiratory Review, Sleep and Breathing, and Journal of Thoracic Disease, and is past Associate Editor of the European Respiratory Journal. He has published over 230 full papers in International Peer-reviewed Journals (h-index: 51 in Web of Science; 68 in Google Scholar). Walter has held many Leadership positions in National and International organisations. In addition to his current role as President of the ESRS, 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) that led to the establishment of the European Sleep Apnoea Database Cohort Study (ESADA), which is now the largest cohort study of its kind in the world. Walter also 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, The Netherlands

RNC Representative

Dr. Tom de Boer


Tom de Boer, PhD, is 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 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.

Lyon, France

ESRS Secretary

Dr. Pierre-Hervé Luppi

Pierre-Hervé LUPPI (58 years old) is a First class Research Director at the CNRS and the Leader of the SLEEP team (with a staff of 14 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 network 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 vice-President of the European Sleep Research Society (2105-2018). He is also a fellow of the Société de Neuroscience, Society For Neuroscience, IBRO, FENS, Société Française de Recherche et de Médecine du Sommeil (SFRS), and the Sleep Research Society. He has published one book, 23 book chapters, 121 research papers (Factor H: 51), and 209 abstracts. He has given 129 talks in symposiums and six 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. 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.

Oporto, Portugal

SMC Representative

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.

St Petersburg, Russia

Education Committee Representative

Dr. Lyudmila Korostovtseva

Lyudmila Korostovtseva, MD, PhD, is a Research Fellow at the Sleep Medicine Laboratory based at the V.A. Almazov North-West Federal Medical Research Centre, in St Petersburg, Russia. Being a cardiologist, she is particularly interested in the association of sleep disorders with cardiovascular diseases.

She was a fellow of the Marie Curie training program “Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research” (2010). Later, she was a visiting researcher (2 months, in 2011) in the Sleep laboratory at the Neurocentro della Svizzera Italiana di Lugano under the supervision of Prof. Bassetti (Lugano, Switzerland). In 2015-2016 she worked as a research fellow at the Sleep-Wake-Epilepsy Centre based at the Bern University  Hospital (Bern, Switzerland) under the supervision of Prof. Bassetti. In 2015, she was one of the organizers of the Workshop for Young Somnologists “Sleep: a window to the world of wakefulness” in St Petersburg (Russia).

She is recipient of several travel grants, prizes (Distinguished Activity Award for the World Sleep Day event, 2014 and 2015), research grants for sleep projects as the principal investigator (grant of the President of Russian Federation; award in recognition of the PhD work) and as a co-investigator.

Oxford, UK

ECRN Representative

Dr. Kate Porcheret

Dr. Kate Porcheret is a postdoctoral researcher at the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute, in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Oxford, UK.  Her research is focused on sleep and circadian rhythms in relation to mental health. In particular she is interested in understand the role sleep plays in the response to psychological trauma using experimental and clinical methodologies.

She was a fellow of the Marie Currie sleep training program “Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research” (2010) and was awarded a prize for best abstract at the 23rd Annual scientific meeting of the British Sleep Society meeting for her PhD work.  Kate gained a BSc in Biology with a year in research from Imperial College London and completed her PhD in 2013 titled ‘Sleep and sleep timing in relation to light and emotional processing’.

Kate also has a keen interest in public engagement, taking part in various projects including ‘Counting Sheep: The Science of Sleep’ at the British Library, London, Brain Awareness Day at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford and many public talks on sleep, circadian rhythms and mental health.


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