The 2-year Sleep School organized jointly by the Universities of Helsinki and Turku, in co-operation with Nordic experts, will provide overview and practical tools for phycisians, nurses, psychologists and researchers in the field of sleep medicine and sleep research. CME credits will be applied from the Universities of Helsinki and Turku.
The course combines high quality expertises in sleep research (Sleepwell research program at Helsinki University Medical Faculty) and clinical sleep medicine (Sleep and Breathing Centre at the Turku University Hospital). The teachers are internationally recognized experts on their respective fields, and experienced educatiors. The curriculum has been created and evaluated in reference with the recommendations of the EACCME.
Aims of the course: The course “Sleep medicine” will provide the participants overview on sleep medicine and practical tools for professionals and students in the field.
Target audience: Medical doctors, nurses, psychologists and other health care professionals working in fields where patients have sleep problems, as well as students and researchers of these fields.
Methods: The course is an e-learning course. The lectures will be offered through Zoom (please, see below).
Schedule: The lectures will be given once a month on Wednesday at 16.00-18.00 EEST:
Finland, Estonia, Lithuania at 16.00-18.00 (Eastern European time)
Sweden, Norway, Denmark at 15.00-17.00 (Central European time)
Iceland at 14.00-15.00 (Greenwich mean time)
If you have further questions, please contact: Tiina Härkönen at email@example.com
Meeting ID: 694 8325 7796
Curriculum spring term 2023
January 18th at 16.00-18.00 (EET)
February 15th at 16.00-18.00 (EET)
29. Sleep and sleep disorders in women.
MD, PhD, prof Päivi Polo and D.Med.Sc. Ulla Anttalainen
30. Sleep and pain.
D.Med.Sc, docent, Professor of Pain Medicine Eija Kalso
March 22nd at 16.00-18.00 (EET)
31. Sleep and dreaming.
PhD, Docent Katja Valli
32. Sleep and work.
Prof Paula Salo and D.Med.Sc. prof Mikko Härmä
April 19th at 16.00-18.00 (EEST)
33. Sleep and the role of dentistry.
DDS, PhD Marie Marklund
34. Sleep disturbancies among prisoners and forensic psychiatric aspects of sleep.
D.Med.Sc, docent Hannu Lauerma
May 10th at 16.00-18.00 (EEST)
35. Fitness to drive and sleep disorders.
D.Med.Sc, docent Markku Partinen
36. Education of sleep medicine in Nordic countries.
D.Med.Sc, prof Tiina Paunio
Recordings December 14th at 16.00-18.00 (EET)
Sleep in clinical neurosciences, 2 credits -course 9.11.- 30.11.2022.
Optional course coordinated by KLTO.
Assessment practices and criteria
After the course, the student is familiar with sleep research in clinical neuroscience. In addition, he/she knows how to prepare and present a study plan together with a group. The course encourages for networking and opportunities for future collaborations.
Prof Tiina Paunio, Docent Hanna Harno and doctoral researcher Paavo Laitinen
Sleepwell program offers a web course on basic sleep and circadian rhythm mechanism for students at the University of Helsinki.
This course offers basic knowledge of sleep and circadian rhythms. It will address the neurobiological mechanism of brain oscillations during waking and sleep, as well as the brain areas and neurotransmitters that regulate sleep and circadian rhythms. Understanding of these basic features of sleep helps gaining understanding of the multitude of sleep-related physiological changes and conditions. The course also assess questions like why we have to sleep, what are the consequences of sleep deprivation and how sleep affects physiological functions of the body and brain, including learning and memory.
This is a web-based course that students can attend at their convenience, and for examination to obtain credits, prescribe examination at Examinarium facility.
The course consists of 15-20 min videos on twenty topics. Each topic includes a reading recommendation and a quiz of 10 questions.
Information for students:
Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology web course, 2,5 credits (MED-TOU11) consists of teaching videos and a selection of review articles on the nineteen topics of the course. The easiest way is to start with the video, if available, and then study the article, and complete the entity by taking the quiz. The questions are aimed to guide the studies, and to prepare for the final test.
You can take your own university’s exam in another university’s Exam room.
Interdisciplinary insights into sleep and circadian rhythms
(2,5 study points, spring 2023/ period 4) 2.-11.5.2023
An intensive 2 week-hands-on course on sleep and circadian biology for the undergraduate and doctoral students of
Selection criteria: accepted MED-TOU11 Moodle course
The course consists of specialist lectures, video problems, hands-on training and small group presentations. The participants will collect data on their own circadian rhythms and sleep using actigraphs and polysomnography to learn the principles of data collection and analysis applicable to both research- and clinical work. Translational aspects will also be introduced. During the course, a small group of specific topic will be prepared and presented in the final seminar.
Specialist lecture topics:
What epidemiology can and cannot offer for sleep research
Regulation of circadian rhythms
Introduction to sleep medicine
Analysis of EEG data
Polysomnography executed at home environment
Translational sleep research