Board of SNaNe

Prof. Claudio Bassetti, President

Claudio L. Bassetti is full professor of neurology and vice-dean of the medical faculty at the University of Bern.

He is the director of the neurology department, speaker of Neurocenter and director of the University Sleep-Wake-Epilepsy Center (SWEZ) at the University Hospital (Inselspital) in Bern.

Claudio Bassetti received his MD degree from the University of Basel in 1984. He trained in neurology in Bern and Lausanne (FMH certification in 1992), and performed research fellowships in basic neurophysiology (Basel, 1985-1986) and sleep medicine (Ann Arbor-Michigan, USA, 1995-6). In 1997 he became associate professor at the University of Bern.

In 2000 he was appointed professor of neurology at the university of Zurich and director of the neurological outpatient clinics of the university hospital. In 2009 he founded the Neurocenter of Southern Switzerland which he directed until 2012.

Claudio Bassetti has authored eight books and over 370 scientific publications (CI>12’000; H-index 60).

His research interests include sleep, stroke, and movement disorders with a translational (human and animal) approach. He served as president of the European Neurological Society (ENS, 2013-4), European Sleep Research Society (ESRS, 2008-12) and Swiss Neurological Society (SNG, 2008-12). He was the founder and first president of the Swiss Federation of Clinical Neurosocieties (SFCNS, 2009-13).

Currently he is board member of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMW) and the Swiss Clinical Trails Organization (SCTO).

Claudio Bassetti received the M. Aldrich Award in 2008 and the Pisa Sleep Award in 2010. He is honorary member of the European Academy of Neurology (EAN).

Prof. Mehdi Tafti, Vice-President

Mehdi Tafti studied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology before performing his doctoral work in Neurophysiology at the University of Montpellier France.

His doctoral topic was human narcolepsy under the supervision of Prof. Michel Billiard.

He then moved to Stanford Center for Narcolepsy with Prof. W.C. Dement and E. Mignot, where he worked on pharmacology, neuroanatomy and HLA in narcoleptic dogs.

He moved back to Europe in 1995 and established his own laboratory at the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Geneva. He then joined the University of Lausanne in 2004 and is now Full Prof. of Physiology.

He’s also the co-founder and co-director of the Center for Investigation and Research in Sleep at the Lausanne University Hospital.

He’s the pioneer in the field of Genetics of Sleep in mice and significantly contributed to the Genetics of Sleep disorders such as narcolepsy, sleepwalking and Kleine-Levin Syndrome.

His laboratory has identified the first genes regulating different aspects of sleep in mice and major susceptibility genes for sleep disorders.

Dr. med. MPH Fabrizio Barazzoni, Treasurer

He graduated in medicine at the University of Zurich where he received the MD in 1983.

In 1988 he achieved the Swiss Board Certifications (FMH) in Prevention and Public Health followed by a Master degree in Public Health at the Medical School, University of Geneva (1993) Initiating his professional carrier as attending doctor (1983), from 1984 to 1985 he has been in charge with a research project promoted by World Health Organization (OMS/WHO) called Monica – Ticino, regarding the cardiovascular risk factors.

From 1985 to 1993 he has been nominated as Assistant Cantonal Medical Officer in the Social and Health Department of Ticino Canton.

From 1985 to 2017 (August) he has been the Chief Medical Officer of the Medical Area.

From September 2017 he is the Chief of the EOC Academic Education, Research and Innovation Area (AFRI). He is member of the General Direction of the Cantonal Hospital Institution (EOC), Ticino Canton, and also Chair of the Scientific Research Advisory Board.

Prof. Dr. Johannes Mathis, MAL, Patient association

My clinical interest in Sleep Medicine started as an assistant in the EEG section in the Dept. of Neurology in 1984, when nocturnal polysomnography recordings were performed by the assistant him- or herself. Since 1995 I collected large numbers of electrophysiological data in addition to clinical data in the “Bern-Sleep-Database” containing now more than 10’000 sleep-consultations and over 15’000 sleep examinations.

In the last years, I became a well-known clinical expert in Switzerland and abroad in the field of Narcolepsy and Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) and particularly in the area of driving performance of sleepy patients. In order to improve the awareness about the rare or poorly understood diseases in the medical community, but also in the lay public, I organized a large number of public presentations together with the patient societies, gave TV interviews and wrote articles in the public media. As medical advisor of the Swiss Narcolepsy Patient Association (SNaG) and after more than 1000 consultations in narcolepsy patients during the last 25 years, I received a honorary certificate from the SNaG.

After a study on sleepiness induced accidents in patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, I had the great opportunity to organize an international conference on the topic “Facets on Wakefulness and Sleepiness: Causes, Consequences, and Assessement” in 2002 under the patronage of Federal Councilor of the Department of Transport, Communication and Energy Moritz Leuenberger,.

In our vigilance research group, we investigated the hypothesis, that spontaneously perceived sleepiness (SPS) might be task dependent. This idea was born from my clinical observations of patients in the maintenance of wakefulness test (MWT), in which sleepiness perception was delayed in about 40% of trials compared to the first microsleep (MS), challenging the dogma that sleepiness is always perceived before falling asleep. This observation could be proven in a scientific study on sleep deprived healthy subjects. In a subsequent study, we demonstrated, that SPS was perfect under the driving simulator condition in contrast to the MWT results. Both studies were rewarded by poster and/or publication prices from the German and Swiss Sleep Research Societies respectively. The results from multiple vigilance tests also helped to differentiate between ambiguous diagnoses, demonstrated in a systematic study.

During our collaboration with the industry in a CTI project on the “Development of sleepiness identification and prediction methods based on eyelid videography”, we developed a fatigue Monitoring System based on eyelid videography, which allowed immediate warning of the driver in case of microsleeps. This research on microsleep definitions and performance deficits will continue in a recently accepted grand from the Swiss National Foundation (SNF). Silvia Miano, MAL, pediatric aspect of narcolepsy

Silvia Miano is currently the Head of Clinic at Civic Hospital of Lugano, Neurocenter of the Southern Switzerland Sleep and Epilepsy Center, Lugano. She received her MD degree from La Sapienza University, Rome, in 1997, and she was trained in Developmental Neuropsychiatry in Rome (FMH in paediatric psychiatry). She obtained a Phd in Pediatric Science in 2010. She was enabled as Associate Professor in Developmental Neuropsychiatry, Italian National Concourse, in 2014. She worked at the Sleep Disease Centre, Paediatric Department, Sant’Andrea Hospital, University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’, Rome, Italy. The main field of her research has been focused on clinical studies about paediatric sleep neurophysiology, sleep disorders and epilepsy, sleep maturation and cognition, and hypersomnolence. She has been a member of the Task Force Group for the Clinical practice guideline, for the Diagnosis and management of obstructive sleep-disordered breathing in childhood, European Respiratory Society. She was awarded at the Winner Hospes Sueños 2007 International Award: Second Position: She has been authors of numerous international abstracts, papers, chapters of book (CI:>1200, HI 20). She have been invited as a Professor to teach in several national and international courses (i.e European Sleep Research Society). She is Professor of “Master on line en Sueño: Fisiología y Medicina, “Tema 10. Insomnio en la infancia y en el adolescente. She was part of local Commitee of the Swiss Society for Sleep Research Sleep Medicine and Chronobiology Congress in Lugano, in 2017.

PD Dr. Philipp Valko, MAL, certification, Secretary

Philipp Valko is a neurologist and currently works at the Department of Neurology of the University Hospital Zurich. Over the last decade, he has been involved in scientific projects covering various aspects of sleep-wake medicine.

Dr. Sigrid Von Manitius, MAL, education

Sigrid von Manitius is a neurologist at the Neurological clinic, Kantonsspital St. Gallen. She received her MD degree from Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany, in 1992 and defended her thesis in 1994 on “The involvement of peripheral and central nervous system in vasculitides. “with magna cum laude.

Sigrid von Manitius trained in Neurology and Psychiatry at Erlangen and Zürich (board certification Neurology in 1999, board certification  Psychiatry/Psychotherapy in 2002).

Since 2002 she has served as a clinician at the Kantonsspital St. Gallen with special interests in Epilepsy and sleep medicine, holding the Swis sleep medicine certificate since 2009 and EEG certificate since 1998.

She is currently involved in clinical research in sleep field and member oft the Swiss neurological society and Swiss society of sleep medicine, as well  as a member oft he task force group for Neurological sleep medicine.

Prof. Dr. Ramin Khatami, MAL, databank

Ramin Khatami is Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of Bern and head of the Center of Sleep Medicine and Epileptology at Clinic Barmelweid, Switzerland. Ramin Khatami obtained his MD at Berlin Free University, and was trained in neurology at Dept. of Neurology University Erfurt and Freie Universität Berlin. He became head of the EEG laboratory at Epilepsy Department at Charité Berlin Humboldt University, Germany. In 2003 he received a postdoc research grant to work at the Neurology Department, University Hospital (Prof. Dr. C. Bassetti) and at the Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, section sleep and circadian rhythms (Prof. Dr. A. Borbèly).

In 2008, he obtained his habilitation at the University of Zurich. He is currently Associate Professor and head of Sleep Medicine, Epileptology and Sleep Research, at the Clinic Barmelweid running 12 fully equipped inpatients recording units and a huge outpatient ambulatory unit (>2000 patients/year).

Ramin Khatami heads a team of 32 members, including a research group. His research focus is on the diagnosis and pathophysiology of narcolepsy and other hypersomnias of central origin using electrophysiology and near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) together with advanced data analysis methods including machine learning. He was one of the founding members of the European Narcolepsy Network (EU-NN) and responsible for launching the international EU-NN database on narcolepsy in 2010

PD Dr. med. Alexandre N. Datta

Alexandre Datta is Head of EEG and Epileptology of University Children’s Hospital Basel and Co-Head of the Sleep Center of the University Hospitals USB, UKBB and UPK Basel, Switzerland.

He trained in Paediatrics and Paediatric Neurology at Beata Vergine Hospital Mendrisio, University Children’s Hospital Basel and University Children’s Hospital Geneva and undertook a fellowship in Pediatric Epileptology at Hôpital Necker-Enfants Malades and INSERM unity U663 CEA in Paris from 2007-2008. We was formed in Pediatric Sleep Medicine in Basel, Nantes and Standford.

He has a particular clinical and scientific interest in childhood epilepsy and is involved in many national and international research projects, currently in brain plasticity and functional imaging in childhood epilepsy (in particular BECTS), sleep and circadian rhythm in preterm and term babies and genetic causes of epileptic encephalopathy.

He is in the executive board of the Swiss Epilepsy League, the Swiss Society of Clinical Neurophysiology as well as The Swiss Society of Pediatric Neurology.