Institut de Neurosciences Cognitives et Intégratives d'Aquitaine (UMR5287)

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Altena Ellemarije

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Assistant Professor (Maître de Conférences) –Université de Bordeaux
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Site: : Carreire
Team: Neuroimaging and Human Cognition

Domain: Interaction between sleep disruption and daytime functioning

Scientific expertise:
• Sleep disruption
• Functional neuroimaging
• Development of behavioral and neuroimaging tasks
• Cognitive behavioral therapy

My research focuses on the interaction between sleep disruption and daytime functioning, which I investigate using affective, cognitive and physiological tests as well as neuroimaging techniques (fMRI). By setting up clinical research studies comparing patients and controls but also performing analyses in large datasets, I try to unravel, with my team and international collaborators, the pathophysiological mechanisms behind comorbid disorders that involve sleep disruption, affective and cognitive symptoms and physiological malfunctioning. Furthermore, I am particularly interested in the development of feasible and accessible interventions to normalize and improve both behavioral and physiological symptoms in these disorders.

Selected Publications:

O Ballot, Y Daviaux, EJ Sanz-Arigita, H Ivers, JA Micoulaud-Franchi, S Bioulac, P Philip, CM Morin, E Altena.
Emotion coping strategies and dysfunctional sleep-related beliefs are associated with objective sleep problems in young adults with insomnia
Sleep Medicine 88 (2021), 180-186, DOI:10.1016/j.sleep.2021.10.014

Altena E, Ellis JG. How sleep affects daytime functioning: the latest insights from different patient and age groups. Brain Sciences, 11, 1163,, 2021.

Ellis JG, Perlis ML, Espie CA, Grandner MA, Bastien CH, Barclay NL, Altena E, Gardani M. The natural history of insomnia: predisposing, precipitating, coping and perpetuating factors over the early developmental course of insomnia. Sleep, zsab095. doi: 10.1093/sleep/zsab095, 2021.

Sanz-Arigita E, Daviaux Y, Joliot M, Dilharreguy B, Micoulaud-Franchi JA, Bioulac S, Taillard J, Philip P, Altena E. Brain reactivity to humorous films is affected by insomnia. Sleep, zsab081, doi: 10.1093/sleep/zsab081, 2021.

Edde M, Leroux G, Altena E, Chanraud S. Functional brain connectivity changes across the human life span: from fetal development to old age. Journal of Neuroscience Research, 99, 236-262,, 2021.

Baglioni C, Tang NKY, Johann AF, Altena E, Bramante A, Riemann D, Palagini L. Insomnia and poor sleep quality during peripartum: a family issue with potential long term consequences on mental health, The Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine (in press), DOI: 10.1080/14767058.2020.1854718, 2020.

Altena E, Baglioni C, Espie CA, Ellis J, Gavriloff D, Holzinger B, Schlarb A, Frase L, Jernelöv S, Riemann D. Dealing with sleep problems during home confinement due to the COVID-19 outbreak: practical recommendations from a task force of the European CBT-I Academy. J Sleep Res, doi: 10.1111/jsr.13052, 2020

Daviaux Y, Bonhomme E, Ivers H, De Sevin É, Micoulaud-Franchi JA, Bioulac S, Morin CM, Philip P, Altena E. Event-Related Electrodermal Response to Stress: Results From a Realistic Driving Simulator Scenario. Human Factors, doi: 10.1177/0018720819842779, 2019.

Altena E, Daviaux Y, Sanz-Arigita E, Bonhomme E, de Sevin É, Micoulaud-Franchi JA, Bioulac S, Philip P. How sleep problems contribute to simulator sickness: Preliminary results from a realistic driving scenario. Journal of Sleep Research 28: e12677. doi: 10.1111/jsr.12677, 2019.

Altena E, Chen IY, Daviaux Y, Ivers H, Philip P, Morin, C. How Hyperarousal and Sleep Reactivity Are Represented in Different Adult Age Groups: Results from a Large Cohort Study on Insomnia. Brain Sciences 7: doi:10.3390/brainsci7040041, 2017.

Altena E, Micoulaud-Franchi J-A, Geoffroy P-A, Sanz-Arigita EJ, Bioulac S, Philip P. The bidirectional relation between sleep and emotional reactivity: from disruption to recovery. Behavioral Neuroscience 130: 335-350, 2016.

Altena E, Vrenken H, Van der Werf, YD, Van den Heuvel OA, Van Someren EJW. Reduced orbitofrontal and parietal grey matter in chronic insomnia: a voxel-based morphometric study. Biological Psychiatry, 67: 182-185, 2010.

Van Der Werf YD, Altena E, Schoonheim MM, Sanz-Arigita EJ, Vis JC, De Rijke W, Van Someren EJW. Sleep benefits subsequent hippocampal functioning. Nature Neuroscience, 12: 122-123, 2009.