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