Interfaculty Research Cooperation - Decoding Sleep

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The Interfaculty Research Cooperation, “Decoding Sleep: From Neurons to Health & Mind”, is an interdisciplinary project funded by the University of Bern, which started on the 1st of March 2018. It is comprised of 13 research groups from the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Human Sciences and bridges several domains including Medicine, Psychology, Psychiatry and Computer Science.

The project aims to gain new and in-depth understanding of the function and regulation of sleep-wake-rhythms and to develop strategies for early and personalized therapies of sleep-wake and neuropsychiatric disorders.


The Art and Science of Sleep

The Schlaf-Wach-Epilepsie-Zentrum (SWEZ) and Center for Experimental Neurology (ZEN) are pleased to announce an evening on “The art and science of sleep”. This special event will include a concert putting sleep and wakefulness to music by the Carpe Diem String Quartet and a brief perspective on the depiction of sleep in art and literature by Dr. Markus Schmidt. The concert will include a performance of Morpheus Rides composed by Korine Fujiwara. This composition is inspired by the structure of normal sleep and the cycling of NREM and REM sleep.

The event will take place on Thursday, June 30 at 17:30-18:30 in the Hörsaal Dermatologie (DERK) B113 on the Insel campus. Members of SWEZ, ZEN and the Interfaculty Research Cooperation (IRC) are cordially invited to join in a post-concert apero at the ZEN laboratory.

SNF Advanced Grant

IRC Investigator Katharina Henke (Institute of Psychology) has been awarded a prestigious SNF Advanced Grant "Strengthening memory formation for retrieval despite amnesia". We wish her productive, inspiring, and exciting research activities!

IRC Decoding Sleep Symposium 2019

The IRC “Decoding Sleep” had the pleasure to open the 23rd Berner-Schlaf-Wach-Tage on Wednesday, December 4 with the IRC Symposium. This year the conference included two inspiring key note lectures held by Ritchie Brown (USA) and Takeshi Sakurai (JP) as well as three interesting Scientific Sessions of the IRC “Decoding Sleep” presented by Carolina Gutierrez Herrera, Katharina Henke and Athina Tzovara.

We are looking forward to Next year's IRC Symposium on September 16, 2020.


IRC Lab Tour at the University Psychiatric Services (Universitäre Psychiatrische Dienste, UPD)

C. Nissen and his group members organized a very interesting tour in the UPD. We first visited the main building, where we learned about the daily routine, the influence of sleep deprivation in patients with mental disorders, and how/why a stay in the clinic can have an effect on sleep. In the sleep laboratory, the group presented their projects, where they use auditory closed-loop modulation to either suppress or enhance sleep slow waves. They also showed us their new facilities for these experiments.

2019/09/17 IRC LAB TOURS

IRC Lecture

The first IRC Lecture was very well attended. Prof. Paolo Favaro gave an introduction to Computational Models for Temporal Data.

2019/04/12 IRC LECTURE

IRC Lab Tour at the Institute of Psychology

The groups of Prof. Henke and Prof. Mast gave us a tour through their institute and explained about the sleep-EEG lab, subliminal experiments, the VR facilities and experiments on vestibular stimulation. It was very interesting.

The next IRC Lab Tour will take place on September, 17 at the UPD.

2019/04/08 IRC LAB TOURS

IRC lab Tour at the Institute for Infectious Diseases

Denis Grandgirard and Gabriele Chiffi gave a fantastic tour through the IFIK and showed us their newly established zebrafish facility, the Morris water maze installation and explained about stem cell transplantation and much more. It was very interesting.

The next IRC Lab Tour will take place on April, 8 at the Institute of Psychology.

2019/02/12 IRC LAB TOURS

Kinderuniversität on the topic of sleep

Prof. Thomas König and Dr. Leila Tarokh participated at the Kinderuniversität Bern. They gave a lecture and organized an interactive program on the topic of sleep. Among others they informed about different aspects of sleep, showed how an EEG measurement works and discussed and answered the different questions of the kids.


IRC Decoding Sleep Symposium 2018

The exchange with our IRC Advisory Board was officially launched during the IRC Decoding Sleep Symposium on October, 17. The conference - including two fantastic key note lectures and promising contributions of young scientistis - was of great success.

Next year's Symposium will take place on December 4, 2019.


IRC lab Tour @ the ZEN (Carolina Gutierrez Herrera)

In order to increase collaboration between members of the IRC Decoding Sleep, we initiated lab visits. 13 researchers joined the first visit at the ZEN. Carolina showed us their animal facility and the surgery room and kindly explained about their main methods and ongoing research projects. Thank you, Carolina, for hostig us!

2018/08/29 IRC LAB TOURS


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