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About

I am a sleep scientist working at the Centre for Chronobiology in Basel, Switzerland. My research interests center around circadian rhythms and cognitive processing during healthy sleep and in patients with disorders of consciousness following severe brain injury. Currently, my main focus is the effects of artificial light on sleep, where I am specifically interested in its effects on brain processes during sleep (for more details see here).

To study cognitive processing I use electro- and magnetencephalography (EEG and MEG). To study circadian rhythms, I use hormonal measurements (i.e., melatonin) as well as body temperature and actigraphy (i.e., a method to track human rest/activity cycles).

For more information, please find my CV here.

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News

2019

October

On 26th October I was a guest at “Talk am See” and talked about sleep with Gaby Hauptmann. Check out the media page for more information.

In the beginning of October, I have attended a 3-day training course on Cognitive Behavioural Treatment for Insomnia (CBT-I) at the University Hospital in Freiburg, Germany. The more clinical perspective was truly stimulating and I hope to apply it more in the future.

September

On 28th September, my research on artificial light and sleep was featured in ORF Newton in an episode on light pollution.

August

I am happy to see my first publication from the Basel Chronobiology Lab with my colleagues Manuel Spitschan and Corrado Garbazza to be published: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11818-019-00215-x#citeas. We review the effects of light on circadian rhythms, sleep, and mood, also covering some basic aspects about the visual system.

May/June

I have been granted additional funding for the LIGHT.Sleep study I am running here in Basel from the Freiwillige Akademische Gesellschaft Basel (CHF 20.000) and the Forschungsförderungsfonds of the Psychiatric Hospital of the University of Basel (CHF 31.500).

Additionally, we have submitted a manuscript entitled “How does Austria sleep? An update on self-reported sleep habits and complaints.”. The preprint can be downloaded here.

We have submitted a manuscript on the “Effects of light on human circadian rhythms, sleep, and mood”. The preprint can be downloaded here.

March

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 ;-)…

February

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/

January

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.

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Research & Publications

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.

Selected Publications

Blume, C., Garbazza, C., Spitschan, M. (2019). Effects of light on human circadian rhythms, sleep, and mood. Somnologie. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11818-019-00215-x

Blume, C., Angerer, M., Raml, M., del Giudice, R., Santhi, N., Pichler, G., Scarpatetti, M., Kunz, A. B., Trinka, E., & Schabus, M. (2019). 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.

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Awards & Grants

June 2019 Grant from the Forschungsförderungsfonds of the Psychiatric Hospital of the University of Basel for the LIGHT.Sleep project at the Centre for Chronobiology in Basel (CHF 31.500,00)
May 2019 Grant from the Freiwillige Akademische Gesellschaft (FAG) Basel for the LIGHT.Sleep project at the Centre for Chronobiology in Basel (CHF 20.000,00)
January 2019  – present
3-year Schrödinger Fellowship from the Austrian Science Fund (FWF; € 177.805,00)
March 2019 – present
Doctoral College “Imaging the Mind” at the University of Salzburg (Speaker: Prof. M. Schabus, Deputy-Speaker: Prof. J. Perner, co-author: C. Blume): 3rd funding period (3/2019-3/2022, € 2.979.007,00).
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”
May 2017    Young Investigators Award of the University of Salzburg
January 2014 – December 2016 PhD Scholarship from the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V. (≈ € 49.000)
October 2009 – June 2010 One-year grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) (≈ € 14.000)
December 2007 – November 2012 Scholarship from the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes e.V./ German Academic Scholarship Foundation (≈ € 6.200)