Research Networking Committee (RNC)

Leiden, The Netherlands

Vice-President (Basic)

Dr. Tom de Boer
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Tom de Boer, PhD, is Associate professor in the Laboratory for Neurophysiology of the Department of Molecular Cell 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.

Helsinki, Finland

Vice-Coordinator / ESRS Vice-President (Clinical) / EduCom Coordinator

Prof. Tiina Paunio

Tiina Paunio, MD, PhD, is Vice Dean of Education and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Helsinki (UH) and Research Professor  at National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL).

Dr Paunio obtained her doctor’s degree in Medicine in 1993 and PhD degree in 1995 from UH and did her post-doctoral studies during 1996-1998 in Paris at LGN/CNRS. She worked as a project coordinator for an international collaboration on schizophrenia (SZ) during 1998-2002, after which she established her own research group Sleep&Mood at THL in 2002. She got her specialist degree in Psychiatry in 2007.

The research interest of the Sleep&Mood group is focused on etiology and epidemiology of mood disorders and sleep disturbance, and their therapeutic interventions.  The group studies  relationship  of  disturbed  sleep  and  mood  at  epidemiological  level,  the  effect  of  genetic  and environmental  factors  on  regulation  of  sleep  and  emotions,  and  their  interplay  at  molecular  level  via epigenetic mechanisms. In addition to the genetic and epidemiological research, Dr Paunio is involved in clinical research on sleep and stress related disorders at the Finnish Institute of Occupational health. At UH, she has the responsibility in education of medical doctors as a Vice Dean of Education and Chair of the MD program, as well as of those specializing in psychiatry and basic medical students in psychiatry. She is also Vice Chair of the Steering committee for education of Psychotherapists at UH and representative of UH in the national committee for education of psychotherapists.

Dr Paunio has supervised and examined a number of doctoral theses in Finland and other European countries. She was the member of the ESRS Scientific Committee in 2012-2014 and, in addition to ESRS, she is an active member of the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics, as well as of national organizations related to sleep research and psychiatry. She belongs to a number of national and international research consortia and funding organizations.

Brussels, Belgium

ESRS Past President

Prof. Dr. Philippe Peigneux

Philippe Peigneux is PhD in Psychological Sciences (2000; University of Liège [ULg], Belgium). He is currently Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium, where he is also the director of the Neuropsychology and Functional Neuroimaging Research Unit (UR2NF) affiliated at the ULB Neurosciences Institute (UNI). Professor Peigneux is active in sleep research since 1996 and published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals. His research is mainly but not exclusively focused on investigating the relationships between sleep and memory consolidation processes, and in a wider perspective the interrelationships between cognitive processes and vigilance states, including sleep and biological rhythms, both in healthy and pathological conditions (sleep and circadian disorders, disorders of consciousness, developmental disorders [dysphasia, ADHD], epileptic disorders, degenerative diseases [Parkinson, Alzheimer], …), in adulthood and across children development. A specific focus is made on the processes by which novel representations are created and novel information consolidated in long-term memory. Studies are primarily conducted using behavioural and cognitive approaches and advanced functional magnetic resonance (fMRI), electroencephalography (EEG) and magneto-encephalography (MEG) techniques. Philippe Peigneux is an ESRS member since 2001 and was part of the ESRS Scientific Committee (2006-2008) then Secretary in the ESRS Board (2008-2012). At present he is President of the ESRS. 

Lyon, France


Past RNC Coordinator / ESRS Secretary

Dr. Pierre-Hervé Luppi

Pierre-Hervé LUPPI (51 years old) is a First class Research Director at the CNRS and the Leader of the SLEEP team (with a staff of 32 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 generators 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 elected in 2012 secretary of the European sleep Research Society. He is also a fellow of the Société de Neuroscience, Society For Neuroscience, IBRO, Société Française de Recherche et de Médecine du Sommeil (SFRS), and the Sleep Research Society. He has published one book, 12 book chapters, 85 research papers (Factor H: 34), and 178 abstracts. He has given 62 talks in symposiums and two 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.

Bologna, Italy

Piazza di Porta S. Donato, 2 40126 Bologna, Italy

Scientific Committee Chair

Prof. Giovanna Zoccoli, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Physiology
PRISM lab, Department of Biomedical and NeuroMotor Sciences
Alma Mater Studiorum – Università of Bologna

Phone: +39 051 2091726; fax: +39 051 2091737
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Prof. Giovanna Zoccoli is MD, Specialist in Neurology.

Since 1991, she worked at the Department of Human and General Physiology, University of Bologna, where in 1995 she obtained her PhD in "Experimental and Clinical Pathophysiology".
She was a Research Fellow for cerebral circulation during sleep in newborns with Prof. Adrian Walker at Institute of Reproduction and Development, Monash University, Australia, in 1997, and in 2007 she returned in the same lab as a Visiting Professor.
In 2003, she got the position of Associate Professor at Department of Biomedical and NeuroMotor Sciences, University of Bologna, where she is now head of “PRISM lab” for the study of physiologic regulation during sleep in genetically engineered mice.
She is a member of ESRS since 1990, and held teaching courses at ESRS Congresses; currently she is member of the Italian Sleep Medicine Association (AIMS) Scientific Committee.
She published over 50 peer reviewed papers on cardiovascular regulation during sleep in physiologic and pathophysiologic conditions (hypertension, obesity, narcolepsy), and in different animal models (rabbit, lamb, rat, mice) and human subjects.

Surrey GU2 7XH
United Kingdom

Past Scientific Committee Co-Chair

Raphaelle Winsky-Sommerer, PhD, Dr. Habil.

Surrey Sleep Research Centre
School of Biosciences and Medicine
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Surrey


Raphaëlle Winsky-Sommerer (RWS) is Reader (Associate Professor) in Sleep and Circadian Rhythms at the Surrey Sleep Research Centre, University of Surrey (UK).

RWS’ research interests focus on cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the physiology and pharmacology of the 24-h sleep-wake cycle, with an emphasis on neurotransmitter and neuropeptide systems (e.g., GABA; adenosine; hypocretins/orexins). RWS also developed a particular interest in the relationship between sleep and circadian disturbances, neuropsychiatric symptoms and mental health (e.g., mood disorders, ageing and neurodegenerative disorders).

These research projects are primarily performed using preclinical animal models and combine in vivo assessments of sleep-wake rhythms using quantitative EEG and other long-term monitoring methods in integrative physiology, behavioural phenotyping, as well as molecular (-omics), biochemical and neuroanatomical techniques.

Her research is funded by the UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Leverhulme Trust and the pharmaceutical industry.

RWS was appointed as a Lecturer at the University of Surrey in October 2009. Prior to joining Surrey, she enjoyed an international research training in France and Norway (MSc Biochemistry & Biology of Aging; PhD on Alzheimer’s disease), as well as the USA (post-doctoral fellow in Neuroscience, Scripps Research Institute, California) and Switzerland (Venia Legendi (Habilitation) in Sleep & Pharmacology; Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Zurich).

RWS is also the coordinator of the ESRS Forum for Women in Sleep Research since 2010.

Genova, Italy

EU Committee Coordinator

Dr. Lino Nobili

Lino Nobili received his M.D. in 1991 from the University of Genoa (Italy ) where he also obtained the specialization in Clinical Neurophysiology (1995), in Child Neuropsychiatry (2000) and a PhD in “Neuroscience: Physiopathology of Sleep”. Dr. Lino Nobili works in the “C. Munari” Epilepsy Surgery Centre and he is chief of the Centre of Sleep Medicine of the Department of Neuroscience of the Niguarda Hospital in Milan, Italy. He has been involved in sleep research and clinical care both in adults and children for over 20 years, and has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers. Lino Nobili is an ESRS member since 1995 and was part of the Scientific Committee (2008-2010). At present he is the Assistant Secretary of the ESRS. His areas of major research interest include human sleep neurophysiology, sleep and epilepsy interactions, sleep-related epilepsies, sleep disorders. In the last years, by analyzing data obtained from intracerebral sleep EEG investigations in drug-resistant epileptic patients, he focused his research on the local aspects of sleep regulation and on the activity of different cortical and subcortical structures during sleep.

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

EC ECRN Representative

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 mental health, 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. Additionally, she studies 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 over 40 peer-reviewed papers, 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 Organization (NSWO) and joined the ESRS ECRN committee in 2018.

Pavia, Italy

ESRS Assistant Secretary

Dr. Raffaele Manni

Raffaele Manni, M.D., born in 1953, degree in Medicine in 1977, specialization in Neurology in 1981 and in Clinical Neurophysiology in 1985 at the University of Pavia. He set up a Sleep Laboratory at the National Institute of Neurology C. Mondino Foundation in the mid-eighties and he has then been running the Unit of Sleep Medicine and Epilepsy of this Institute since 2002.He is engaged in several educational activities in the field of sleep and epilepsy, as professor per contract at University of Pavia, teacher at Sleep Medicine Master of the University Alma Mater of Bologna and VIREPA e-learning courses of the International League against Epilepsy.

Raffaele Manni served as counsellor and secretary of the Italian Association of Sleep Medicine (AIMS) where he serves now as probo viro. He served as member of the ESRS Scientific Committee from 2010 to 2014. He is Author of 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals and of several book chapters.

His research is focused on investigation of clinical and pathophysiological aspects of insomnia, circadian disorders, parasomnias and hypersomnias and of sleep disorders and circadian dysfunction in neurological diseases, namely epilepsy, headache, Parkinson disease and dementia.

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