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Fernando Lopes da Silva

University of Amsterdam – The Netherlands

F.H. Lopes da Silva received the M.D. degree from the University of Lisbon, Portugal. After a short period as assistant in the department of Psychiatry of Lisbon Medical Faculty, he was granted a fellowship of the Gulbenkian Foundation and went to the UK, where he got training in neurophysiology at the Medical Research Institute (Mill Hill), on the Division led by Professor W. Feldberg, and followed a post-graduate course on “Engineering and Physics for physiologists” at the Imperial College of the University of London, U.K, completed in 1964. He joined the research staff of the Institute of Medical Physics (TNO) in Utrecht, The Netherlands, in 1965, and received the Ph.D. from the University of Utrecht in 1970.
He was appointed full professor of General Physiology at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Amsterdam in 1980. He was part-time professor of Neurophysiology (from 1975 to 1985) at Twente University (THT), Enschede, The Netherlands, as part of the program on biomedical engineering.
In 1985, he was elected member of the Netherlands Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1993, he was appointed Scientific Director of the newly created Institute of Neurobiology, and member of the Scientific Directorate of the Graduate School of Neurosciences Amsterdam. Since 1995 until his retirement, he was Scientific Director of the Institute for Epilepsy “Meer en Bosch” in Heemstede, on part-time basis.
After having reached the official retirement age he became Emeritus Professor of the University of Amsterdam, and scientific coordinator of the Biomedical Engineering program of the Instituto Superior Técnico of the University of Lisbon, Portugal. He was awarded 4 Honorary Doctors titles, a knighthood from the Kingdom of the Netherlands and a honorary title of the Portuguese Republic.
His research interests are mainly the study of the basic electrophysiology of the brain, in particular the generation and function of brain rhythms, the origin of epileptic phenomena, and brain–computer interfaces, but also general themes, particularly concerning education and polemology.

Helene Bastuji

University of Lyon - France

Born in France in 1955, MD degree from the University of Créteil and PhD degree from the University of Lyon. Head of the sleep unit at the Neurological Hospital of Lyon and member INSERM, U1028, Lyon Neuroscience Research Center, Central Integration of Pain Unit, Lyon, France. Author or co-author of 52 international publications and 27 didactic papers. Member of the Scientific Committee of the European sleep Research Society (2001-2004).
General Secretary of the French Sleep Society (Société Française de Recherche et Médecine du Sommeil) (2005-2009). Main research interests: sleep and cognition, central integration of sensory information during human sleep, sleep and pain.
- S. MAZZA, C. PERCHET, M. FROT, GA. MICKAEL, M. MAGNIN, L. GARCIA LARREA, H.BASTUJI. Asleep but aware? Brain and Cognition, 2014, 87 : 7–15
- Bastuji H, Frot M, Mazza S, Perchet C, Magnin M, Garcia-Larrea L. Thalamic responses to nociceptive-specific input in humans. Functional dichotomies and thalamo-cortical connectivity. 2015 doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhv106
- Peter-Derex L, Magnin M, Bastuji H. Heterogeneity of arousals in human sleep: A stereo-electroencephalographic study. Neuroimage. 2015 Jul 26. pii: S1053-8119(15)00677-1. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.07.057.
- Claude L, Chouchou F, Prados G, Castro M, De Blay B, Perchet C, García-Larrea L, Mazza S, Bastuji H. Sleep spindles and human cortical nociception: a surface and intracerebral electrophysiological study. J Physiol. 2015 Nov 15;593(22):4995-5008. doi: 10.1113/JP270941.
- Bastuji H, Frot M, Perchet C, Magnin M, Garcia-Larrea L. Pain Networks From the Inside: Spatiotemporal Analysis of Brain Responses Leading From Nociception to Conscious Perception. Human Brain Mapping 2016 Jul 8. doi: 10.1002/hbm.23310.
- Mak-McCully RA, Rolland M, Sargsyan A, Gonzalez C, Magnin M, Chauvel P, Rey M, Bastuji H, Halgren E. Coordination of cortical and thalamic activity during non-REM sleep in humans. Nat Commun. 2017 May 25;8:15499. doi: 10.1038/ncomms15499.
- Claire Bradley, Hélène Bastuji and Luis Garcia-Larrea. Evidence-based source modeling of nociceptive cortical responses: A direct comparison of scalp and intracranial activity in humans. Human Brain Mapping. SEP 2017. doi: 10.1002/hbm.23812

Katie Almondes

Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte - Brazil

Katie Moraes de Almondes is psychologist with Master and Ph.D in Psychobiology at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte.
She has Post-Ph.D at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, and University of Salamanca, Spain. Sleep Psychology certified by the Brazilian Sleep Society.
Actually, she is Associate Professor of the Department of Psychology at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Natal, Brazil and Professor of the Post-Graduate Program in Psychobiology. Coordinator of Sleep Clinic - Ambsono and Coordinator of the Neuropsychology of Aging Service. Coordinator Research Group Applied Neurosciences, Basic Processes and Chronobiology and Research Group Cognitive Neuroscience and Behavioral. Coordinator of the Department of Neuroscience of Sleep Behavior at the Brazilian Sleep Society and President of Brazilian Sleep Society of Rio Grande do Norte. President of Sleep Psychology Commission of the Brazilian Sleep Society. Member of the​​ Brazilian Society of Neuropsychology (SBNp) and President of Brazilian Society of Neuropsychology (SBNp) of the Rio Grande do Norte. Editorial Board of Frontiers in Psychology and Frontiers in Psychiatric (section Psychopathology).
Katie Almondes works with Sleep Neuropsychology, Sleep and Aging, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Virtual Behavioral Cognitive Therapy for Sleep Disorders in adults and elderly, and use of games for intervention for sleep and education.

Luigi Ferini Strambi

Past President of WASM, Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele di Milano - Italy

Luigi Ferini-Strambi earned his degree in medicine at the State University in Milan, Italy and he completed a fellowship in the Sleep Disorders Center at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, USA in 1983. He earned his Postgraduate Degree in Neurology at the State University in Milan, Italy in 1984.
He is currently Full Professor of Neurology at the Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milan, Italy. Professor Ferini-Strambi is the Chair of the Dept. of Neurology, Scientific Institute H San Raffaele-Turro, Milan and the Director of the Sleep Disorders Centre.
He is the Field Editor of “Sleep Medicine” journal, Associate Editor of “Journal of Alzheimer’s disease” and Member of the Editorial Board of “Journal of Neurology”, and “Behavioral Neurology”.
He is frequent reviewer for “Neurology”, “Sleep”, “Journal of Sleep Research”, “Journal of Neurology”, “Brain”, “Lancet Neurology”.
Professor Ferini-Strambi is Past-President of the Italian Association of Sleep Medicine and the the Past-Secretary of the International RBD Study Group.
He is the Past-President of the World Association of Sleep Medicine Society.
He has published 300 full papers in International Journals, on various neurological topics.
(Scopus H-index: 70). The main researches of Professor Ferini-Strambi are on the field of sleep-related movement disorders, REM sleep behavior disorder and neurodegenerative disorders.

Maria Raquel Silva

Universidade Fernando Pessoa, Porto - Portugal

Maria-Raquel G. Silva is Associate Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics at the Faculty of Health Sciences of University Fernando Pessoa, Scientific Coordinator of the Academy of Health and Leisure, and Scientific Member at the Programme of Oral and Public Health/Nutrition, at the University Fernando Pessoa, Oporto (Portugal).
She is Researcher of the Human Biology, Health and Society Group at the Research Centre for Anthropology and Health, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Coimbra (financed by Foundation for Science and Technology, Lisbon, Portugal). She holds a set on the Scientific Committee of the Gymnastics Federation of Portugal as an expert in Nutrition.
She was Postdoctoral Researcher in Neurosciences at the Institute of Molecular Medicine, Medical School of Lisbon (Portugal), where she conducted a first study on the sleep of elite athletes. She and Professor Teresa Paiva are the authors of the first book on Nutrition, Sleep and Circadian Rhythm in athletes published by an international sport federation.
Her professional career has mostly been developed within the academic field and research activities with strong links to the community and well-being, especially children, adolescents, young adults and athletes in areas related to Nutrition and Dietetics (Obesity, Diabetes, Hypertension, Cardiovascular Diseases), Food Security, Body Composition, Physical Activity and Exercise, Chrono Nutrition (Appetite) and Neurosciences (Neurobiology, Sleep and Stress).

Marc Braem

President of EADSM, Universiteit Antwerpen – Universitair Ziekenhuis Antwerpen - Belgium

Prof. Dr. Marc Braem graduated in 1975 as a general dentist and defended this PhD thesis in 1980 in the field of dental composites and non-destructive mechanical testing. This research topic gradually shifted towards fatigue testing of both composites and dental adhesives.
Since 1980 he became affiliated with the University of Antwerp (Belgium) where he is now full professor and head of the Dental Materials Lab that is involved with mechanical testing of oral appliances and 3D-printing applications. He is appointed as the head of the dental special care unit at the Antwerp University Hospital that is primarily involved with multidisciplinary clinical treatment and research in patients diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea.
This multidisciplinary team has secured substantial research funding from the Flemish Government, from national scientific organizations as well as the industry and has been recognized several national as well as international rewards related to their research on obstructive sleep apnea.
He has published in the leading peer-reviewed scientific journals and is often appointed as a reviewer of submitted papers, he lectures on national and international meetings, and is involved with medico-legal issues as an expert appointed by the Court. In 2017 Prof. Braem has received the “Pierre Robin Award” from the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.
Finally, he is the current president of the European Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine that has recently installed a dental sleep medicine accreditation programme to join with national dental sleep medicine societies in Europe.

Raquel Varela

Historian, researcher and University lecturer

Raquel Varela is a historian, researcher and University lecturer. Starting Grant from the Foundation for science and technology/Universidade Nova de Lisboa/IHC and Fellow of the International Institute for Social History (Amsterdam).
Professor-international visitor Fluminense Federal University, where he teaches a Chair in the field of global labour history in the graduate program in History.
She is a member of the NIEP. She is international judge CNPQ/Brazil.
She is coordinator of the international project of global labour history In The Same Boat - Shipbuilding industry.
Author and coordinator of 23 books on work history, the labour movement, global history. Published as author 44 articles in journals with scientific arbitration, in the area of sociology, history, political science and social service indexed in ISI Thompson, CAPES Qualis A, Scopus, among others. She performed more than 200 invited lectures/courses in more than 50 national and international institutions. She was also coordinator 9 national and international funded projects, in the last 4 years. She supervised 12 post-doctoral, doctoral, masters and sandwich-grants.
She is the editor of Critique. Journal of Socialist Studies(Glasgow Uni.), and Workers of the World (IASSC).
She is a member of the editorial board of several academic journals and founder of Global Labor Studies network. She is a member of Board of Trustees of the ITH-International Conference of Labour and Social History (Austria), the oldest Association of Labour Studies in Europe.
She is currently President of the International Association Strikes and Social Conflicts, a network that has 35 institutions of Europe, North and South AMERICA and Latin America. Scientific responsible of official celebrations of 40th anniversary of 25th April Revolution (2014).
In 2013 she received the Santander Prize for Internationalization of Scientific Production.

Rosário Palma Ramalho

Faculdade de Direito, Universidade de Lisboa – Portugal

Graduate in Law, by the Catholic University of Portugal (1984)
Master in Law (Labour Law) by the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon (1992)
PhD in Law (Labour Law) by the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon(2001)
Post PhD in Law (“Professora Agregada”) by the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon (2009)
Full Professor of the Faculty of Law since 2010, chairing courses of Civil Law and Labour Law, both at graduate, master and doctoral levels
CEO of APODIT – Portuguese Association of Labour Law, since 2013
Portuguese Member of the European Network of Legal Experts in Gender Equality and Non-Discrimination of the European Commission, since 1984
Member of the Executive Committee of the ISLSSL – International Society for Labour and Social Security Law, since 2014
Chief Editor ot the LLR – Lisbon Law Review of the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon
Vice-President of the Labour Law Institute of the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon
Legal adviser, both to private companies and to official bodies and public authorities, and, in this area, work performed in the preparation of several Acts concerning Labour Law, Public Servants Law and Equality Law
Scientific coordinator or participant in several international and European projects in the areas of Labour Law and Equality Law, including for the European Parliament, for European Commission and for the International Labour Organization
Author of a large number of books and articles, published in Portugal but also abroad (in French, English and Spanish) since 1985, in the areas of Civil Law, Labour Law, Social Security Law, Civil Servants Law and Equality Law
Invited speaker at many conferences and seminars, both in Portugal and abroad
Author of of 11 books on Law and Labour

Tiina Paunio

University of Helsinqui - Finland

Dr Paunio obtained her doctor’s degree in Medicine in 1993 and PhD degree in 1995 from UH and did her post-doctoral studies during 1996-1998 in Paris at LGN/CNRS. She worked as a project coordinator for an international collaboration on schizophrenia during 1998-2002, after which she established her own research group "Sleep and Mood" at THL in 2002 (since 2014 with double affiliation at THL/UH). She got her specialist degree in Psychiatry in 2007.
The research interest of Dr Paunio’s research group is focused on etiology and epidemiology of mood disorders and sleep disturbance, and their therapeutic interventions. The group studies relationship of disturbed sleep and mood at epidemiological level, the effect of genetic and environmental factors on regulation of sleep and emotions, and their interplay at molecular level via epigenetic mechanisms. In addition to the genetic and epidemiological research, Dr Paunio is involved in clinical research on sleep and stress related disorders. Her reasearch has been driven by the basic idea that only by understanding the basic mechanisms and inter-individual variation behind the reactivity of these mechanisms one can develop targeted, individualized tools to ameliorate sleep- and stress-related disturbances.
Dr Paunio has supervised and examined a number of doctoral theses in Finland and other European countries. Currently, she is vice president (clinical) for the European Sleep Research Society, leader of the ESRS Sleep examination Subcommittee, and deputy editor of Journal of Sleep Research.