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SNF Ambizione Fellowship

In August 2021, Dr. Christine Blume has been awarded a prestigious Ambizione fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF; approx. CHF 930'000). From April 2022 on, she will be studying the effects of (natural) daylight and physical exercising (i.e., hiking) on circadian rhythms and sleep in a four-year project. The project also includes a position for a PhD candidate, which will be advertised in autumn 2021.

Photo: Universität Basel, Christian Flierl.

Masterproject: Does caffeine affect circadian light processing?

Caffeine is an everyday drug which can disturb the human circadian timing system. We investigate whether this effect can be traced back to a change in the circadian processing of light-dark information. In a placebo controlled design, we specifically test if caffeine intake changes pupil size and sensitivity of intrinsically photosensitive ganglion cells. For our research project we are looking for a highly motivated master student with a strong interest in biological psychology, chronobiology and/or sleep research. The master project involves recruitment of participants, data collection (mainly in the evening hours), analyses as well as interpretation of results. Please do not hesitate to contact us in case of any questions. We are happy to receive your applications (Motivation letter and CV). PIs: Carolin Reichert and Manuel Spitschan.

Internship/ MSc project in caffeine and reward learning

Internship or MSc thesis in molecular psychology

ADoRe study is looking for two MSc students who are interested in doing an internship or a thesis in a topic of caffeine, reinforcement learning, and adenosine-dopamine interaction. In this double-blind randomized crossover study, we will investigate 1) whether reinforcement behaviors can be augmented by acute or daily caffeine intake, and 2) if the caffeine effect on reinforcement learning is preferentially through a direct or an indirect dopaminergic pathway.

Are you interested in molecular psychology and further clinical applications? Contact ys.lin@unibas.ch for more information!

Renowned scholarship from the Prof. Dr. Max Cloëtta Foundation

This year, for the first time, a scholarship from the Prof. Dr. Max Cloëtta Foundation will go to a candidate from the UPK Basel. Corrado Garbazza, MD, research physician at the Center for Chronobiology at the UPK, will benefit from this valuable support. He will spend twelve months at the Harvard Medical School (HMS) in Boston from the end of next year. The program includes research work in various university hospitals of the HMS. After his stay in the USA, Dr. Corrado Garbazza intends to implement the expertise in sleep and circadian medicine gained during his stay at the UPK.

SWISS OphthAWARD for ‘highest clinical relevance’

This year's SWISS OphthAWARD went to Dr. Sarah Chellappa for her publication in JAMA Ophthalmology on the effects of cataract-related lens replacement (artificial lenses) on sleep, circadian rhythm and cognitive functions in older subjects. The contribution was awarded the highest mark in the category "Highest clinical relevance" with prize money of CHF 10,000.

Master Projects Autumn term 2020

Currently, we offer four different Master's projects (5 places) in the field of chronobiology and sleep science at the Centre for Chronobiology (University of Basel, University Psychiatric Clinics Basel). Our research combines different disciplines so that the projects advertised are also suitable for students of different disciplines, including psychology, neuroscience and biology.


Sleep during the ‘lockdown: longer and more regular, but worse

A survey conducted at the University of Basel and the Psychiatric Hospital of the University of Basel has investigated how sleep has changed during the Covid-19 lockdown. The 435 individuals surveyed – most of whom were women – reported sleeping longer while sleep quality deteriorated. The results of the study were published in the scientific journal Current Biology. For more information see the press release of the University of Basel.