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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).

Besides doing research, I also like talking and educating about it. I love doing science communication in German and English and am available as a speaker for events, workshops, or webinars. You find an overview of my activities here. If you would like to chat with me, please just drop me a line.

For more information, please find my CV here.

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News

2021

October

With my colleague Monika Angerer (University of Salzburg), I have been awareded the Christian-Doppler-Preis of the Land Salzburg 2021 (division Molecular Biosciences and Neurosciences).


I have joined the team of freelance #scicomm trainers at the German National Institute for Science Communication (Nawik). I am looking forward to share my passion for science communication and help others discover and develop their potential.


I was delighted to be invited as a guest for “Zwischentöne” on Deutschlandfunk, where, among other aspects, we chatted about sleep, precarious working conditions in academia, and my cello.

August

I am incredibly grateful and happy that my Ambizione” grant will be funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. The funding allows me to continue my research at the Centre for Chronobiology at the University of Basel and the Psychiatric Hospital of the University of Basel.

July

Our new publication entitled “Association of transportation noise with sleep during the first year of life: a longitudinal study” has been accepted in Environmental Research.


With Amrei Bahr, Kristin Eichhorn, and Sebastian Kubon, I have written a piece on the #IchBinHanna protests for Nature Human Behaviour. With the hashtag #IchBinHanna, thousands of researchers protest against a German law that forces researchers out (btw. Austria adopted a similar law in May 21).

May

On 19 May, I gave an expert interview in “Die grosse TerraX Show” on ZDF.

April

Our new preprint “Association of transportation noise with sleep during infancy: a longitudinal study” is online on OSF.

March

On 22 March, I was a guest in the programme “Abendrot” (Saarländischer Rundfunk, SR1). We chatted about sleep and society, chronotypes, and what everyone can do for his/her sleep. The podcast is available here.


Our companion paper to the R package “SleepCycles” was accepted for publication in MethodsX. – Yay :).


On 15 March, I gave a talk at the “Woche des Gehirns” of the University of Basel on “Sleep Myths”.

January

On 11 January, I was a guest at the University of Kiel (Germany) in the lecture series “Science and alternative facts”. My talk on “Sleep Myths” is available here (in German).

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Research

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., Schmidt, M.H., & Cajochen, C. (2020). Effects of the COVID-19 lockdown on human sleep and rest-activity rhythms. Current Biology. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2020.06.021

Angerer M., Schabus M., Raml M., Pichler G., Kunz A.B., Scarpatetti M., Trinka E., & Blume C. (2020). Actigraphy in brain-injured patients – A valid measurement for assessing circadian rhythms? BMC Medicine. doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/839472

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

October 2021 Christian-Doppler Award of the Land Salzburg 2021 in the division Molecular Biosciences and Neurosciences (together with Monika Angerer, University of Salzburg).
August 2021 Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) Ambizione grant (04/22-03/26; principal investigator; CHF 930.449,-).
December 2020 Initiative WISS2025 “Virtual Sleep Laboratory” (Land Salzburg, Austria; co-author and collaborator; € 576.016,-).
November 2020 Grant from the Research Fund of the University of Basel for Outstanding Junior Researchers (principal investigator; CHF 79.412,00).
October 2020 Nachwuchsförderpreis Schlafforschung for our work on COVID-19 and Sleep by the German Sleep Society DGSM.
December 2019 Grant from the Novartis Foundation for Biological-Medical Research for the LIGHT.Sleep project at the Centre for Chronobiology in Basel (principal investigator; CHF 55.111,00)
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 (principal investigator; 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 (principal investigator; CHF 20.000,00)
January 2019  – present
3-year Schrödinger Fellowship from the Austrian Science Fund (FWF; principal investigator; € 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)