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.
Upcoming seminars



    Thu 26th January 2023 at 15.00-16.00

    MD, prof Heikki Tanila, Translational neuroscience, University of Eastern Finland
    The mouse sleep cycle: much shorter than we have thought so far

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      Meeting ID: 620 2740 8718
      Passcode: 213926



      Thu 16th J February 2023 at 15.00-16.00

      PhD, Tsvetan Serchov, Centre national de la recherche scientifique


      Thu 23th March 2023 at 15.00-16.00


      Thu 20th April 2023 at 15.00-16.00


        Past seminars 2022


        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.