I am a cognitive neuroscientist working at the Centre for Chronobiology in Basel, Switzerland. My research interests center around circadian rhythms and cognitive processing in altered states of consciousness including healthy sleep and disorders of consciousness following severe brain injury (for more details see here).
To study cognitive processing I use EEG as well as MEG and for studying circadian rhythms I focus on hormonal measurements (melatonin) as well as body temperature and actigraphy (i.e. a method to track human rest/activity cycles, usually with wrist-worn devices).
In my first science communication competition, which was one of the Swiss semi-finals of FameLab, I advanced to the Swiss final to be held in Bern in April. I really enjoyed the competition, it will definitely not have been my last ;-)…
We were pleased to learn that our new publication on circadian rhythms in severely brain-injured patients entitled Healthier Rhythm, Healthier Brain? Integrity of Circadian Melatonin and Temperature Rhythms Relates to the Clinical State of Brain-Injured Patients has been accepted for publication in the European Journal of Neurology.
Our comment on Legendre and colleagues‘ study published in Nature Human Behaviour earlier this year is now available as a preprint on Open Science Framework: https://osf.io/bq8hr/
I have moved to Basel, Switzerland, where I will work on the effects of artificial light on sleep at the Centre for Chronobiology for the next two years working on my project LIGHT.Sleep funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF.
I am thrilled to learn that I have been awarded the „Giselher-Guttmann Price 2018“ of the Austrian Society for Neuropsychology (GNPÖ) for our work on circadian rhythms in patients with disorders of consciousness (DOC) following severe brain injury.
Daylight Saving Time Discussion
Moreover, we contribute to the discussion on the potential effects of constant daylight saving time (DST) with a press release (see here).
Meeting of the European Sleep Research Society Meeting (Basel, Switzerland, 24-28 September)
Manuel Schabus and I are organising a panel discussuion at the ESRS meeting in Basel, CH (24-28 September) on the effects of constant daylight saving time. On the panel: Derk-Jan Dijk (Surrey), Gilles Vandewalle (Liège), Kenneth Wright (Colorado, Boulder), and Eva Winnebeck (Munich). The discussion will take place on 27th September 13:05-14:05 in room „Osaka“.
I have been awarded a Schrödinger-Fellowship from the Austrian Science Fund (FWF, 177.805,00 €). From 2019 on I am going to spend two years at the Department for Chronobiology at the Psychiatric University Clinic Basel (Switzerland) before returning to Salzburg in 2021. In Basel, I will extend my research on circadian rhythms and sleep. In particular, I will investigate how artificial light exposure in the evening alters cognitive processes during the night. Today it is well-known that especially exposure to blue light in the evening, which is for example emitted by e-readers or smartphones, has negative effects on sleep. However, the underlying mechanisms, for example whether light exposure renders cognitive processing more “wake-like”, are entirely unknown.
All the efforts paid off and my publication „Standing Sentinel during Human Sleep: Continued Evaluation of Environmental Stimuli in the Absence of Consciousness“ has finally been accepted for publication in NeuroImage.
During the „Dies Academicus“ on 31st May I was awarded the Young Investigators Award of the University of Salzburg in the category „Life Sciences“ for my work on circadian rhythms in patients with disorders of consciousness.
In April our paper with the title „Circadian Rhythms in Patients with Severe Brain Injury: A Clue to Consciousness?“ was published in Neurology. For more information check out the media and publication sections.
In my research I study cognitive processing during sleep as well as how circadian rhythms brought about by the internal biological clock interact with higher cognitive functions including consciousness. For a short summary of these topics see below.
All publications are open access. If you nevertheless cannot find it or are just too lazy to search for it, just drop me a line and I will be happy to send you the PDF.
Blume, C., Angerer, M., Raml, M., del Giudice, R., Santhi, N., Pichler, G., Scarpatetti, M., Kunz, A. B., Trinka, E., & Schabus, M. (accepted). Healthier Rhythm, Healthier Brain? Integrity of Circadian Melatonin and Temperature Rhythms Relates to the Clinical State of Brain-Injured Patients. European Journal of Neurology.
Blume, C., del Giudice, R., Wislowska, M., Heib, D. P. J., & Schabus, M. (2018). Standing Sentinel during Sleep: Continued Evaluation of Environmental Stimuli in the Absence of Consciousness. NeuroImage.
Blume, C., Lechinger, J., Santhi, N., Giudice, R. d., Gnjezda, M.-T., Pichler, G., Scarpatetti, M., Donis, J., Michitsch, G., & Schabus, M. (2017). Significance of circadian rhythms in severely brain-injured patients: A clue to consciousness? Neurology.
Blume, C., del Giudice, R., Lechinger, J., Wislowska, M., Heib, D. P. J., Hoedlmoser, K., & Schabus, M. (2016). Preferential processing of emotionally and self-relevant stimuli persists in unconscious N2 sleep. Brain and Language.
|September 2018||Giselher-Guttmann Price 2018 of the Austrian Society for Neuropsychology (GNPÖ) for our work on circadian rhythms in patients with severe brain injury (500 €)|
|Poster Prize of the Young Austrian Neuroscience Association (ANA) at the „Salzburg Neuroscience Day“|
|June 2018||3-year Schrödinger Fellowship from the Austrian Science Fund (FWF; 177.805,00 €)|
|May 2017||Young Investigators Award of the University of Salzburg|
|2014-2016||PhD Scholarship from the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V. (≈ 49.000€)|
|2009-2010||One-year grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) (≈ 14.000€)|
|2007-2012||Scholarship from the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes e.V./ German Academic Scholarship Foundation (≈ 6.200€)|