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Dr. Virginie Gabel receives Young Investigator Award

Dr. Virginie Gabel received the Young Investigator Award from the Society for Light Treatment & Biological Rhythms (SLTBR). She could present her work at the yearly meeting on 27.06.2015 in San Diego.

Toutes nos félicitations, Virginie!

PhD Student, Micheline Maire, receives Award for Best Publication in basic sleep research

Micheline Maire has been awarded with the prize of the best publication in basic sleep research by the Swiss Society for Sleep Research, Sleep Medicine and Chronobiology (SSSSC), for her work on “Sleep ability mediates individual differences in the vulnerability to sleep loss: evidence from a PER3 polymorphism. Maire M, Reichert CF, Gabel V, Viola AU, Strobel W, Krebs J, Landolt HP, Bachmann V, Cajochen C, Schmidt C. Cortex. 2014 Mar;52:47-59”. The award of 5000.- CHF has been handed out at this years annual meeting of the SSSSC 18.05.2014 in Lucerne.
Congratulations!!!

Prof. emerita Anna Wirz-Justice, elected honorary member of the Swiss Society for Sleep Research, Sleep Medcine and Chronobiology

Prof. em. Anna Wirz-Justice has been awarded a honorary membership of the Swiss Society for Sleep Research, Sleep Medicine and Chronobiology (SSSSC) at the annual meeting in Luzern (18.05.2014). Her excellent merits in Chronobiology research on the international level, but also on the national level, where she engaged for Light Therapy in SAD and was a founding member and also president (1994-1997) of the SSSSC, underline her pivotal role in setting up the goals and spirits of the society.

We are partner in the EU project SSL-erate

SSL-erate is a 3-year coordination project that aims to accelerate the uptake of high-quality Solid State Lighting (SSL) technology in Europe by supporting open innovation and bringing validated information to all relevant stakeholders. At a higher level this coordinated European effort addresses a number of socio-economic challenges. for more information please see here .

 

Our team is partner of the SNF Sinergia Project SiRENE: Short and Long Term Effects of Transportation Noise Exposure

SiRENE: Short and Long Term Effects of Transportation Noise Exposure

The overall goal of this interdisciplinary study is to investigate acute, short- and long-term effects of road, railway and aircraft noise exposure on annoyance, sleep disturbances and cardiometabolic risk. Noise exposure patterns that most strongly affect individuals are identified by means of sleep experiments, surveys and epidemiological research. In addition, the role of individual characteristics such as age and gender, noise sensitivity and genetic predispositions will be elucidated.

Aims: The overall goal of this project is to investigate acute, short- and long-term effects of road, railway and aircraft noise exposure on annoyance, sleep disturbances and cardiometabolic risk. The project aims at identifying noise exposure patterns that most strongly affect individuals during sleep and thus may ultimately result in long-term health consequences.

Methods: A nationwide assessment of road, railway and aircraft noise exposure will be conducted. In addition to average exposure, exposure modelling will be considerably refined to reflect additional exposure characteristics such as the degree of intermittence of noise events or the diurnal distribution of noise. During a one-week period in the sleep-laboratory, volunteers will be randomly exposed to different noise scenarios and effects on sleep as well as cardiometabolic parameters and subsequent cognitive performance will be investigated. Noise annoyance and coping responses in the Swiss population will be evaluated via a representative survey. Taking into account biomarkers and other factors including air pollution, data from two large on-going epidemiological studies (SAPALDIA Biobank and Swiss National Cohort) will be used to explore the exposure-response association for the various traffic noise sources and cardiometabolic morbidity and mortality.

Significance: A key asset of this interdisciplinary study is the mutual combination of human experimental and epidemiological research to address acute, short- and long-term noise effects on sleep and cardiometabolic outcomes. Source-specific exposure-response functions will be determined giving due consideration to the acoustical characteristics of noise, such as the distribution of noise events during the night. This contribution to the understanding of health risks, especially for urban dwellers, and is highly relevant for regulating environmental noise.

Principal Investigators in SiRENE:
–    SwissTPH, University of Basel,  Prof. M. Röösli und Prof. N. Probst-Hensch
–    Psychiatric Hospital of the University of Basel, Ctr for Chronobiology, Prof. C. Cajochen
–    EMPA, Abt. Akustik/Lärmminderung, Dübendorf, Dr. J.M. Wunderli
–    n-Sphere AG, Zürich, Dr. M. Köpfli
–    Bundesamt für Umwelt, Abt. Lärm und NIS, Bern, PD Dr. M. Brink

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SiRENE Team Meeting at the UPK, Centre for Chronobiology, 15 January 2014, Basel.

Release of New Paper causes International Attention

The release of the new paper about the effects of the lunar cycle on human sleep from Prof. Christian Cajochen and his team caused tons of calls and emails from journalists in the last days. Here are some articles:

Also the russian, chinese and thai press seems to be interested. Go to Google-News to see more of the currently 247 english articles.