Early Career Researcher Network (ECRN) Committee

Rotterdam, the Netherlands


Dr. Annemarie Luik

Dr. Annemarie Luik is currently working as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Epidemiology of the Erasmus MC University Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She is the Principal Investigator of Psychiatric Epidemiology in the Rotterdam Study, a large population-based cohort with more than 15,000 participants and measures of actigraphy and PSG in large subsamples. She received her PhD in 2015 and has been working as a post-doctoral researcher at the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute of the University of Oxford afterwards. Her background is in Psychology (MSc) and Epidemiology (MSc, PhD).

Her research focuses on the role of sleep in common mental health problems, mostly using a population-based approach. Recently, she also started to employ a neuro-imaging approach in her work to clarify the complex association between sleep and mental health and to investigate neurological diseases. Additionally, she studied the use of digital treatment for insomnia, such as digital cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and the effects beyond sleep on for example mental health and cognition. She has published numerous peer-reviewed papers in international journals, has given multiple presentations at scientific conferences around the world and has been a visiting researcher at the Karolinska Institutet (Stockholm, Sweden). In 2018, she was chosen to present her work at the young scientist symposium during the opening session of the ESRS conference. She is a member of the scientific committee of the Netherlands Sleep Wake Research Organisation (NSWO) and joined the ESRS ECRN committee in 2018.


La Tronche, France

(Representative for Researching Networking Committee)

Dr. Sébastien Baillieul

Dr. Sébastien Baillieul, MD, PhD is currently working as an Assistant Professor at the Physiology, Sleep and Exercise Clinic of the Grenoble Alpes University Hospital, France and as a researcher in the HP2 Laboratory (Hypoxia-Physiopathology Laboratory) – INSERM U1042 and Grenoble Alpes University, France. He received his PhD in June 2020 on the thematic of the bidirectional relationships between sleep apnoea syndrome and the brain. He will work as a post-doctoral fellow at the Sleep-Wake-Epilepsy Centre based at the Bern University Hospital (Bern, Switzerland) under the supervision of Prof. Med. C. Bassetti in 2021.

His research focuses on sleep and sleep disordered breathing in the aftermath of stroke, and on the impact of sleep disturbances on neurological recovery. He tries to identify biomarkers of sleep disturbances following stroke, to improve screening of sleep disturbances and care of stroke patients.

He has published over 20 peer-reviewed papers, has given several presentations at scientific conferences. Sebastien Baillieul is a member of the Société Française de Recherche et Médecine du Sommeil (SFRMS) and an early career member of the European Respiratory Society (ERS), Assembly 4 – Sleep Disordered Breathing.

Basel, Switzerland

(Representative for Communication and Digital Committee)

Dr. Christine Blume

Dr. Christine Blume is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Centre for Chronobiology of the University of Basel (Switzerland). After completing her degree in psychology at the University of Würzburg (Germany), she moved to Salzburg (Austria), where she obtained her PhD in the Laboratory for Sleep, Cognition and Consciousness at the Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience. While she first primarily worked on disorders of consciousness following severe brain injury, she became intrigued by human sleep, which is now her main field of research. After having successfully applied for a mobility grant of the Austrian Research Fund FWF, she moved to Basel in January 2019. These days, her research is centered around artificial light and other factors that characterise life in a modern society on sleep. She is also a cognitive-behavioural therapist for insomnia (CBT-I) in training at the Psychiatric Hospital of the University of Basel.

Besides doing research, Christine also likes talking about science and sleep science in particular. Therefore, she does a lot of science communcation, particularly in the German-speaking media. Besides science, she plays the cello in the orchestra of the University of Basel and loves hiking or cross-country skiing in the mountains. Christine joined the Early Career Researcher Network (ECRN) Committee in 2020.

Loughborough, England

(Representative for Education Committee)

Fran Pilkington-Cheney

Fran Pilkington-Cheney is a research assistant and PhD student at the Transport Safety Research Centre (TSRC) at Loughborough University. Her research focuses on sleepiness and fatigue within safety critical tasks, for example in shift work and transport safety. Fran’s PhD explores the management of sleepiness on a day-to-day basis, particularly within city bus drivers, using a mixed methods approach.

Fran gained a BSc in Psychology at Loughborough University and worked for several years as a researcher in industry, focusing on fatigue risk management particularly within aviation. In 2018, she joined the TSRC and has been involved in several projects exploring sleepiness and fatigue in real-world settings, for example in tunneling and construction, London city bus drivers, and in the context of driver state monitoring, fatigue detection and intervention. In 2019, she was selected to attend the 2nd ESRS sleep science school on sleep and ageing.

Fran is a member of several societies including the British Sleep Society, the Working Time Society, the Women’s Higher Education Network, Maia: Loughborough Women’s Network, and the Sleep Research Network at Loughborough University. Fran joined the ESRS ECRN committee in 2020 during the virtual 25th congress of the ESRS.

Twitter: @Franpilkington

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/fpilkingtoncheney

Basel and Lugano, Switzerland


Dr. Corrado Garbazza

Corrado Garbazza, MD, is a clinical research physician and PhD student working both at the Centre for Chronobiology of the University of Basel and at the Sleep and Epilepsy Center, Neurocentro della Svizzera Italiana, in Lugano (Switzerland).
After studying medicine at the Universities of Pavia (Italy) and Bonn (Germany), he entered sleep research in early 2011, by joining the Competence Center of Sleep Medicine of the Charité Medical University in Berlin. Since 2012 he has been in charge of the clinical outpatient service of the Centre for Chronobiology of Basel, focusing on the assessment and treatment of circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorders and on the chronotherapy of affective disorders.
Currently, he is conducting a large multicenter study on sleep and circadian factors involved in perinatal depression and its treatment with bright light therapy.
Corrado happily joined the Early Career Researcher Network (ECRN) Committee in 2018, during the 24th Congress of the European Sleep Research Society in Basel.

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