The Laboratory for the Research of Sleep Disorders, Babes-Bolyai University

The International Institute for the Advanced Studies of Psychotherapy and Applied Mental Health

Contact:
Bogdan Ioan Voinescu
Position:
Lecturer of Psychiatry
Address:
Fantanele 30, 400294
City:
Cluj-Napoca
Country:
Romania
Phone:
+40 744 432567
Fax:
+40 264 434141
Research Domain
  • Clinical
Keywords
  • Others
  • Sleep and Medical Disorders
  • Genetics of Sleep
  • Sleep and Ageing
  • Sleep and Psychiatry-Personality Disorders
  • Epidemiology of Sleep
  • Behavioural Sleep Disorders

Laboratory description

We study the role circadian preference plays in health and disease and look at the links between sleep disorders and psychiatric and somatic conditions. We adapt and develop personalized evidence-based psychological interventions (e.g., rational-emotive and cognitive-behavioural approaches) for sleep disorders. We assess the individuals by subjective methods (interviews, scales, logs) and objective ones, such as actigraphy, portable electroencephalography magnetic resonance imaging or genetic analysis.


Technical Capabilities and areas of expertise

Somnowatch plus EEG
3T Siemens Magnetom Skyra MRI Scanner
Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
Psychological Assessment


Additional Descriptors, Keywords

insomnia, CBT-i, fMRI


Selected Publications in the 5 past years:

Voinescu BI, Wislowska M, Schabus M (2014) Assessment of SOMNOwatch plus EEG for sleep monitoring in healthy individuals. Physiology and Behavior (in press)
Voinescu BI, Szentagotai A (2013) Categorical and dimensional assessment of insomnia in the general population. Journal of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychotherapies 13(1a), 197-210
Voinescu BI, Szentagotai A, David D (2013) Internet-administered cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia. Journal of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychotherapies 13(1a), 225-238
Voinescu BI, Szentagotai A, David D (2012) Sleep disturbance, circadian preference and symptoms of adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Journal of Neural Transmission 119(10), 1195-1204
Voinescu BI, Coogan AN (2012) A Variable Number Tandem Polymorphism in PER3 Is Not Associated with Chronotype in a Population with Self-Reported Sleep Problems. Sleep and Biological Rhythms 10(1), 23-26


Key Publications of the Laboratory:

Voinescu BI, Wislowska M, Schabus M (2014) Assessment of SOMNOwatch plus EEG for sleep monitoring in healthy individuals. Physiology and Behavior(in press)
Voinescu BI, Szentagotai A, David D (2012) Sleep disturbance, circadian preference and symptoms of adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Journal of Neural Transmission 119(10), 1195-1204


Current/Completed Grants (past 5 years):

1. “Is Primary Insomnia Linked with Adult Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Is It Amenable to Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?” European Sleep Research Society through Sanofi, 2011-2013
2. “Chronic Insomnia – diagnosis, comorbidities and response to psychological treatment”.The Sectorial Operational Programme for Human Resources Development 2007-2013, co-financed by the European Social Fund, POSDRU 89/1.5/S/60189 ‘‘Postdoctoral Programs for Sustainable Development in a Knowledge Based Society’’, 2011-2013
3. School of Advanced Studies: “Current and Future Perspectives in Sleep and Circadian Rhythms Research” (director) PN-II-ID-SSA-2012-2-015, Ministry of Education, Research, Youth and Sport, Romania, 2012


Other laboratory Members

Title:  MSc PhD

Name:  Aurora Szentagotai

Email:  auraszentagotai@psychology.ro

Title:  PhD

Name:  Daniel David

Email:  daniel.david@ubbcluj.ro


Collaborations

Name:  Kai Spiegelhalder

Institution:  Freiburg University

Title:  PhD

Name:  Manuel Schabus

Institution:  Salzburg University, Austria

Title:  PhD

Name:  Janne Grønli

Institution:  University of Bergen, Norway

Title:  PhD

Name:  Andrew Coogan

Institution:  NUI Maynooth, Ireland

Title:  PhD MD

Name:  Johannes Thome

Institution:  Rostock University, Germany

Title:  PhD

Name:  Debra Skene

Institution:  University of Surrey, England

Title:  PhD

Name:  Kevin Morgan

Institution:  Loughborough University, UK

Title:  PhD MD

Name:  Bogdan Draganski

Institution:  LREN Lausanne, Switzerland

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