Research seminars 2019-2023
In ad­di­tion to mul­tidiscip­lin­ary sleep research, we aim the education of health care pro­fes­sion­als and stu­dents, which will in­clude a monthly research sem­inar fo­cus­ing on sleep.
SleepWell Research Seminars will continue next autumn 2023

    21st September at 15.00-16.00

    Hanna Antila, Doctor of Philosophy (Pharm.), Master of Science (Pharm.), Postdoctoral Researcher at the at the Laboratory of Dr. Tuomas LiliuS, RPU/INDIVIDRUG, UH

      Past seminars

      20th April 2023 
      Nadia Hejazi, M.D (Neurology, Circadian Biology), Experimental Therapeutics & Pathophysiology Branch, National Institutes of  Mental Health, Bethesda, Maryland, United States

      Title: Sleep in treatment resistant depression (TRD)


      23rd March 2023
      Isabel Morales-Munoz, PhD in Neuroscience, Assistant Professor in Psychology at the University of Birmingham
      Sleep in childhood - Findings from the Child Sleep cohort


      6th February 2023
      Tsvetan Serchov, PhD, HDR, Charge de Recherche, CNRS 
      Institute of Cellular and Integrative Neuroscience (INCI)

      The mPFC molecular clock modulates the development of depression-like phenotype and rapid antidepressant response


      26th January 2023
      Heikki Tanila, MD, prof, Translational neuroscience, University of Eastern Finland

      The mouse sleep cycle: much shorter than we have thought so far

      15th December 2022
      Sleep & Mind (Anu-Katriina Pesonen group)

      Risto Halonen, PhD in psychology and prof Anu-Katriina Pesonen
      Recent experimental studies on acute stress and sleep

      Sleep & Pain (Eija Kalso group):

      Matti Ahlström, Resident in neurology, MD, PhD-student
      Sleep disorders in patients with cerebral small vessel disease


      24th November 2022
      Lab of Neurotherapeutics (Tomi Rantamäki group):

      Stan Rozov, Postdoctoral Researcher, Faculty of Pharmacy
      Rebound electroencephalographic responses to nitrous oxide exposure in men

      Vinko Palada group:

      Vinko Palada, Dr. rer. nat., Translational Pain Research, Principal Investigator
      Effects of spared nerve injury on sleep architecture and circadian rhythmicity in mice


      27th October 2022 
      Henna-Kaisa Wigren, University Lecturer in Neurobiology, coPI, Sleep Team Helsinki, Tarja Stenberg group

      Juvenile social isolation and sleep -preliminary results

      Maija Koskinen, PhD, Postdoctoral researcher, Neurogenomics Lab, Iiris Hovatta group 
      Sleep fragmentation-induced anxiety - preliminary results

      22nd September 2022
      Sleep and health (Tiina Paunio group)

      Johanna Liuhanen (PhD student, University of Helsinki and Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare)
      Chandreyee Roy (Ph.D. in Statistical Physics, Postdoctoral Researcher at Aalto University)
      Paavo Laitinen (M.Sc. in Exercise Physiology, PhD student)

      2nd June 2022 
      Riikka Huhta, Dr

      Sleepiness and traffic accidents

      21th April 2022
      Timo Leppänen, Professor

      Sleep Revolution – towards enhanced and personalized diagnosis and management of sleep apnea

      24th March 2022 Zoom
      Juulia Paavonen, Docent
      Development of infant sleep

      24th February 2022 Zoom
      Matias Palva, Professor
      Roles of brain criticality in regulating neuronal communication and repertoires of brain states

      20th January, 2022 Zoom
      Outi Linnaranta, MD, PhD (THL)
      Clinical correlates of disrupted circadian rhythm in bipolar disorders

      16th December, 2021 Zoom
      Sleep and health (Tiina Paunio group)

      Sonja Sulkava, D.Med.Sc. specialising in medical genetics
      Psychological Distress, Insomnia and risk of dementia - Methodological considerations
      Paavo Laitinen, M.Sc. (Exercise Physiology)
      Sleep and overnight memory consolidation in patients with schizophrenia

      18th November 2021 Zoom

      Eija Kalso, Professor, Department of Diagnostics and Therapeutics
      Sleep problems in chronic pain
      Vinko Palada,  Dr.rer.nat, Academy Research Fellow, Department of Physiology & SleepWell Research Program
      Circadian regulation of pain and analgesia

      21st October 2021 Zoom
      Sleep Team Helsinki (Tarja Stenberg group) 

      Sarah Steffens, MSc in Neuro­bi­o­logy, PhD can­did­ate
      Sleep/wake and microglial morphology
      Henna-Kaisa Wigren, University Lecturer in Neurobiology, coPI
      Do horses have sleep problems?

      16th Septem­ber 2021 Zoom
      Anu-Katriina Pesonen group
      "Sleep & Mind - developments of sleep lab methods"

      Risto Halonen, PhD student, psychologist
      Slow oscillation-spindle coupling and overnight metaphor retention
      Anu-Katriina Pesonen, Leader of BA and MA programs of psychology  and Liisa Kuula, Postdoctoral Researcher
      REM-sleep deprivation in sleep lab

      19th August 2021 Zoom
      Tomi Rantamäki, Associate Professor, Laboratory of Neurotherapeutics
      Physiological basis underlying antidepressant-induced transactivation of TrkB receptors

      29th April 2021 Zoom
      Nils Sandman, Senior Researcher, University of Turku 
      Nightmares during COVID-19 lockdown

      25th March 2021 Zoom
      Samuel Jones, Postdoctoral researcher
      The genetics of sleep and chronotype: findings from large biobank studies

      Sam’s interests lie in identifying the genetics of sleep disorders and circadian rhythms through genetic association studies in large population-based cohorts, to better understand the causal links between sleep characteristics and disease, particularly mental health and metabolic disorders. His research also focusses on the analysis sleep and circadian metrics derived from accelerometer to establish their utility in predicting health outcomes. Currently, he is 1) investigating the genetic factors behind circadian variability in blood biochemistry and cell counts in large population-based cohorts and 2) is deriving measures and investigating the health effects of “circadian disruption” in a large accelerometer dataset.

      18th February 2021 Zoom
      "How to present science for general public"

      Henna-Kaisa Wigren, University Lecturer
      Myth 1: "We all need equal amount of sleep"
      Tarja Stenberg, Docent
      Myth 2: "Sleep is only for the brain"
      Tiina Paunio, Professor
      Myth 3: "It is enough to mind the mind"

      28th January 2021 Zoom
      Sleep and Mind (Anu-Katriina Pesonen group) 
      "Skin surface temperature as an indicator of circadian rhythm - from practical points to mathematical modelling"

      Practicalities are presented by 
      Liisa Kuula, Postdoctoral Researcher
      Anu-Katriina Pesonen, Leader of BA and MA programs of psychology

      Mathematical modelling is presented  by
      Jari Lipsanen, University Instructor

      10th December 2020 Zoom
      Sleep Team Finland (Tarja Stenberg group)

      Henna-Kaisa Wigren (University Lecturer)
      Combining expertise within the Sleepwell: Pilot data from the "Social Defeat Stress and Sleep” -project

      Sarah Steffens (MSc in Neurobiology, PhD candidate)
      The impact of insufficient sleep and diurnal rhythmicity on microglial morphology

      22nd October 2020 Zoom
      Eija Kalso's research group 
      Vinko Palada (Postdoctoral reseacher)
      Circadian regulation of the comorbidity cycle between sleep, anxiety and neuropathic pain

      Sleep and Mind (Anu-Katriina Pesonen group) 
      Ilona Merikanto (Postdoctoral reseacher)
      Increase in eveningness and insufficient sleep among adults in population-based cross-sections from 2007 to 2017

      17th September 2020 Zoom
      Laboratory of Neurotherapeutics 
      Tomi Rantamäki (Associate Professor)

      Laboratory of Neurotherapeutics (Tomi Rantamäki group)
      Stanislav Rozov (Postdoctoral Researcher)

      Shared molecular and electrophysiological signatures of ketamine and nitrous oxide action

      14th May 2020 Zoom
      Eija Kalso group

      Reetta Sipilä (PhD)
      Sleep in women treated for breast cancer and how it associates with pain?

      Teemu Miettinen (MPsych)
      Sleep problems - a distinctive factor among pain patients?

      Hanna Harno (MD PhD)  
      Sleep problems relating to mild traumatic brain injury

      23rd April 2020 Zoom
      Sleep and Health (Tiina Paunio group)

      27th February 2020 Haart­man In­stitute
      Neurogenomics Laboratory (Iiris Hovatta group) and Sleep Team (Tarja Stenberg group)

      16th January 2020 Haart­man In­stitute
      Sleep & Mind (Anu-Katriina Pesonen group) and Laboratory of Neurotherapeutics (Tomi Rantamäki group)

      12th Decem­ber 2019 Haart­man In­stitute

      Research Professor Timo Partonen, The Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare (THL)
      Influence of light exposure on sleep, mood and circadian rhythms

      14th Novem­ber 2019 Haart­man In­stitute

      Docent Tarja Stenberg, Research Program Unit, SleepWell program
      Sleep and health and the influence of stress, gender and aging

      24th Oc­to­ber 2019 Haart­man In­stitute

      Professor Tea Lallukka, Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki
      Associations of sleep and health functioning with the premature exit from paid employment: repeated measures latent class analysis

      25th Septem­ber 2019 Biomedicum

      Christina Schmidt, Uni­versity of Liége, Bel­gium 
      Age-related changes in sleep-wake regulation

      Her research explores the involvement of sleep-wake regulation on human cognition. She uses multidimensional approaches combining cognitive methods, neuroimaging, electrophysiology and chronobiological paradigms, mainly in healthy individuals.

      Peter Meerlo, Uni­versity of Gronin­gen, Neth­er­lands
      Sleep, brain plasticity and memory

      His research focuses on the phylogeny and ecology of sleep. He is especially interested in the role of sleep in neuronal plasticity & memory formation, the consequences of restricted/disrupted sleep and the effects of stress on biological clocks and circadian rhythmicity.