Research seminars 2019-2022



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 & 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.