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In Memory of Konstantin Danilenko (19.03.1962 – 18.01.2023)

We were deeply saddened to learn that our long-time member of ESRS, Konstantin Danilenko, MD, succumbed to his cancer on January 18, 2023. Until the end, Konstantin worked actively and meticulously at the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine in Novosibirsk, where he was Vice Director. He was passionate about research into the neurobiological basis of the effect of the seasons on human physiology and well-being, non-visual light impact on sleep and circadian rhythms, daylight on the menstrual cycle, and controlled studies of combined awake and light therapy for unipolar and seasonal depression. His broad interests included practical clinical applications of chronotherapy and more basic science-related issues. 

In Konstantin, we lost a colleague and kind friend who was greatly appreciated by all. He was an excellent and precise scientist and clinician and a mainstay of the light therapy research community. His extensive international network spanned from Novosibirsk to Basel, Liège, Prague, Manchester, Copenhagen, Quebec and New York, which is reflected in the great internationality of the co-authors of his publications. From 2013-2018 Konstantin served on the Directors’ Board for the Society of Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms (SLTBR) and, since 1995, on the Board of Advisors of the Central Environmental Therapeutics (CET). He was also a member of the editorial board for the open-access journal Clocks and Sleep. 

Konstantin was a quiet person who thought a lot before answering critically and coming up with original ideas. He was always kind and acted as a gentleman in all matters, whether as a project manager, co-author or in private. 

I was still working with him on a joint project, “LightArctic”, about optimizing lighting situations for shift and non-shift workers in the far north of Siberia. The goal is to use the non-visual light effects positively on people’s health and sleep in these latitudes. Unfortunately, due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, our contact became less frequent and planned trips had to be cancelled. Nevertheless, I am pleased to have told Konstantin that he will always be my friend regardless of the political turmoil. 

We offer our sincere condolences to his family and colleagues in Novosibirsk.

Prof. Dr. Christian Cajochen
Centre for Chronobiology
University of Basel, Switzerland

ESRS Reminders

Sleep & Breathing 2023 – Early-Bird Registration Deadline Approaching

Register before 6 February 2023 to secure your place at Sleep and Breathing in Prague, Czech Republic, 20-22 April 2023 at early-bird rates. Join us for an array of symposia, skills workshops, meet-the-experts, debates and hot topic sessions with experts from the ESRS and ERS. Register today.

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Recent publications from ESRS members

  1. Malattia et al. (2023). Sleep and Sleep Complaints in Juvenile Fibromyalgia Syndrome. J Rheumatol.
  2. Liuhanen et al. (2023). Polygenic risk for neuroticism is associated with externalizing symptoms in 2-year-old boys. Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry.
  3. Lin et al. (2023). Brain activity during a working memory task after daily caffeine intake and caffeine withdrawal: a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial. Sci Rep.
  4. Trzepizur et al. (2023). Sleep Apnea and Incident Unprovoked Venous Thromboembolism: Data from the Pays de la Loire Sleep Cohort. Thromb Haemost.
  5. Breda et al. (2023). Sleep habits and sleep disorders in Italian children and adolescents: a cross-sectional survey. J Clin Sleep Med.
  6. D’Alterio et al. (2023). Resilience and its correlates in patients with narcolepsy type 1. J Clin Sleep Med.
  7. Åkerstedt et al. (2023). Insufficient sleep during adolescence and risk of multiple sclerosis: results from a Swedish case-control study. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry.
  8. Riccardi et al. (2023). Pharmacological responsiveness of periodic limb movements in patients with restless legs syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Clin Sleep Med.
  9. Philip et al. (2023). The Bordeaux Sleepiness Scale (BOSS): a new questionnaire to measure sleep-related driving risk. J Clin Sleep Med.
  10. Rosén et al. (2023). A comparison of sleep restriction and sleep compression on objective measures of sleep: A sub-sample from a large randomised controlled trial. J Sleep Res.
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