Research seminars 2019-2024

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 in spring 2024

25 April 2024 at 15.00-16.00

Prof. Vladyslav Vyazovskiy, University of Oxford
“Local and global aspects of sleep regulation”

Seminar link:


30 May 2024 at 15.00-16.00
Prof. Franz Weber, University of Pennsylvania

Past seminars
21 March 2024 
Doctoral Researcher Daniel Persson
Cerebrospinal fluid flow and the glymphatic system – visualized with MR and SPECT/PET imaging”
29 Feb 2024 
MHSci, doctoral researcher Heta Helakari:
Brain pulsations during sleep
18 Jan 2024 
Prof. Tiina Paunio
Clinical guidelines for treatment of Insomnia - Europe & Finland
21st December at 15.00-16.00
SleepWell Research Seminar Christmas Special: PI's Annual Summary – Year 2023 wrapped 
23rd November 
Matias Rusanen, M.Sc. Junior Researcher, Sleep Technology and Analytics Research (STAR) Group, Department of Technical Physics, University of Eastern Finland
Diagnostic Imaging Center, Kuopio University Hospital
"Innovative Tools for Sleep Research and Diagnostics: Machine Learning and Beyond by STAR Group"
26th October
Sofie de Sena, PhD Student, UH, BABA Center / Sampsa Vanhatalo group
"NAPPA (NAPping PAnts): Measuring Infant Sleep Behaviours in a Home Setting" 


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
"Mechanisms of sleep disturbances - role of noradrenaline"
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
Title: 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)
Title: 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
Title: 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.