Symposium: Psychiatry and Sleep

Sunday, 1 December 2019
@ German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, Halle

Sleep is an enigma; we spend a third of our lives asleep, yet the functions sleep subserves are still unclear. Besides basic biological functions such as immunological, metabolic and endocrine regulation, sleep is increasingly discussed as a state of active cognitive and affective processing and stress regulation. Accordingly, sleep disturbances represent symptoms, causal factors and informative biomarkers for many psychiatric disorders.

In this symposium, we aim to elucidate the relevance of sleep for psychiatric research and practice.



10:00 Lisa Genzel (Donders Institute, Nijmegen)
Sleep and psychiatry

10:30 Michael Kluge (University of Leipzig)
Emil Kraepelin’s concepts of the phenomenology and physiology of sleep

11:00 Marcel Zeising (Klinikum Ingolstadt, Centre of Mental Health, Ingolstadt)
EEG-based neuroimaging of REM sleep in depression

11:30 Thorsten Mikoteit (Psychiatric Services Solothurn, University of Basel)
REM sleep based predictors of therapy response

12:00 Lunch

13:00 Elise McGlashan (Monash University, Melbourne)
Sensitivity of the circadian system to light in depression

13:30 Marcus Harrington (University of York)
Losing control: sleep deprivation impairs the suppression of unwanted thoughts

14:00 Peter Meerlo (University of Groningen)
Neurobiological consequences of chronically restricted sleep: implications for psychiatric disorders

14:30 Robert Goeder (University of Kiel)
Schizophrenia and sleep

15:00 Coffee

15:30 Birgit Kleim (University of Zurich)
Sleep and traumatic memories

16:00 Peter Simor (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest)
Aroused brain, alert mind: hyperarousal as a pathophysiological feature in nightmare disorder

16:30 Marike Lancel (University of Groningen)
Sleep in forensic psychiatry

17:00 Axel Steiger (Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry)
Four decades of sleep research – a personal review and perspectives

18:00 End 


Junge Akademie

The symposium is organized by Martin Dresler, Alkomiet Hasan and Philipp Kanske on behalf of the Young Academy of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences.

Please also consider attending the workshop “Introduction into sleep research methods” on the preceding day.

Attendance is free, but please register via

Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina
– National Academy of Sciences –
Jägerberg 1 (formerly Moritzburgring 10)
D-06108 Halle (Saale)


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