Sleep Unit CIM-Sant Pau, Research Institute of Sant Pau Hospital

Pharmacology. Universitat Autònoma Barcelona.CIBERSAM.

Sandra Giménez
Avda. Sant Antoni Mª Claret, 167, 08025
34 93 5537855
34 93 5537864
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  • Pharmacology Human
  • Instrumentation-Methodology
  • Pharmacology of Sleep
  • Sleep and Psychiatry-Personality Disorders
  • Sleep Physiology-Neurophysiology in Human
  • Biological Rhythms

Laboratory description

We are a young enthusiastic research sleep laboratory but with expertise in training in the field of Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine, with principal focus on Neuropsicopharmacology.
Our sleep unit is provided with two independent private bedrooms and 26 bedded ward.
There is trained specialized staff (physicians, psychologists, engineer, statisticien, pharmacists and nurses) with expertise to perform clinical trials from conception through to completion, including all aspects of trial design, recruitment management and data analysis according to the ethical principles and diagnostic standards. Sleep evaluations include different neurophysiological recordings (EEG, PSG, MSLT, MWT, actigraphy and pupillometry) as well as specific sleep scales and questionnaires. Psychometric and performance tests are regularly used. Longterm sleep studies are performed, including sleep deprivation protocols under continuous supervision. Within the unit, all logistic support facilities, including blood sample hadling are present.

Technical Capabilities and areas of expertise

Our sleep laboratory develops Clinical Investigation activity mainly in two fields: as a Business Unit, conducting Phase I-III Sleep Clinical Trials, and as Basic Sleep Research, particulary in the evaluation of drug effects on the Central Nervous System in both awake and asleep states. Besides research activity, it works as a Clinical Sleep Disorders Unit, with sleep disorders specialist visits, screening tests and control treatment. Sleep Unit is working with all Medical clinical specialties from the hospital not only clinically concerning sleep disorders, but also assessing the effects on sleep of any medical intervention (drug or technology), its relation on the improvement or worsening of the based disease and its impact on quality of life.

Main areas of expertise are psychopharmacology, psychiatric and insomnia sleep research, with special expertise in clinical trials on antidepressants, hypnotics and antipsychotics, cognitive performance, study of circadian rhythms in Intensive Care Unit, Sleep and ageing in Women and analysis of the EEG signal.

Additional Descriptors, Keywords

Sleep, insomnia, neurophysiology, spectral analysis, circadian rhythms, cognitive performance.

Selected Publications in the 5 past years:

Giménez S, Romero S, Gich I, Clos S, Grasa E, Antonijoan RM, Barbanoj MJ. Sex differences in sleep after a single oral morning dose of olanzapine in healthy volunteers. Human Psychopharmacolog Clinical and Experimental 2011; 26, (7) : 498–507.

Sandra Giménez, Sergio Romero, Peter Anderer, Susana Clos, Maribel Martínez, Rosa María Antonijoan Manel Barbanoj: Los sueños de un farmacólogo. Vigilia-sueño,vol. 23 (1), Junio 2011.

Giménez S, Romero S, Mañanas MA, Barbanoj MJ. Waking and sleep EEG variables as human sleep homeostatic process biomarkers after drug administration. Neuropsychobiology 2011;63:252-260.

Alonso JF, Mañanas MA, Romero S, Hoyer D, Riba J, Barbanoj. Drug effect on EEG connectivity assessed by linear and nonlinear couplings. MJ.Hum Brain Mapp. 2010 Mar;31(3):487-97.

Romero S, Mañanas MA, Barbanoj MJ. Influence of ocular filtering in EEG data on the assessment of drug-induced effects on the brain. Hum Brain Mapp. 2009 May;30(5):1470-80.

Romero S, Mañanas MA, Barbanoj MJ. A comparative study of automatic techniques for ocular artifact reduction in pontaneous EEG signals based on clinical target variables: a simulation case. Comput Biol Med. 2008 Mar;38(3):348-60

Barbanoj MJ, Riba J, Clos S, Giménez S, Grasa E, Romero S. Daytime ayahuasca administration modulates rem and slow-wave sleep in healthy volunteers. Psychopharmacology. 2008; 196(2):315-326.

Giménez S, Clos S, Romero S, Grasa E, Morte A, Barbanoj MJ. Effects of olanzapine, risperidone and haloperidol on sleep after single oral morning dose in healthy volunteers. Psychopharmacology 2007 190:507-516.

Key Publications of the Laboratory:

Pharmacology – Human
Pharmacology of Sleep
Sleep and Psychiatry-Personality Disorders
Sleep Physiology-Neurophysiology in Human
Biological Rhythms

Other laboratory Members

Title:  MSc

Name:  Susana Clos

Position:  psychologist


Title:  PhD MD

Name:  Rosa Mª Antonijoan

Position:  Head of Pharmacology department


Title:  PhD

Name:  Sergio Romero

Position:  Associate Engineer Professor


Title:  MSc

Name:  Maribel Martinez

Position:  Nurse/EEG-Sleep Techician



Title:  PhD MD

Name:  Victor Pérez

Position:  Professor of Psychiatry

Institution:  Universitat Autònoma Barcelona

Title:  PhD MD

Name:  Jaume Kulisevsky

Position:  Professor of Neurology

Past Members

Title:  PhD MD

Name:  Manuel José Barbanoj († 2010)

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