CSRU Facility

The Clinical and Sleep Research Unit is dedicated to welcome patients and to record sleep in a private environment.


The aim of the Clinical and Sleep Research Unit (CSRU) is first to welcome patients in need of a calm and private environment when they come to Campus Biotech to take part in research trials. For this purpose, the Facility is equipped to monitor clinically ambulatory patients. A room is dedicated to perform neuropsychological interviews and a battery of neurogical, -psychological tests frequently used is available for children and adults. Finally, a nurse/TSM technician is present on site for medical assistance if needed.

A second major axis of the platform is enabling research on sleep. We spend the third part of our life to sleep and sleep plays a fundamental role in brain functioning, like memory consolidation or emotions regulation. The platform contains two rooms each fitted with a comfortable bed. Its proximity to the other platforms, particularly MRI, is a considerable benefit and makes it possible to construct multidisciplinary research protocols where brain function can be measured using MRI before, during and after a night’s sleep.


Scientific supervision of the NMOD facility is performed by Prof. Sophie SCHWARTZ (UNIGE), and Prof. Friedhelm HUMMEL (EPFL).

Dr. Virginie STERPENICH is responsible for the facility. Loan Mattera and Nathalie Philippe are the medical assistants.

<a href="https://hnp.fcbg.ch/people/virginie-sterpenich/">Virginie Sterpenich</a><a href="https://hnp.fcbg.ch/home/csru/"></a>

Virginie Sterpenich

Clinical and Sleep Research Unit Manager

<a href="https://hnp.fcbg.ch/people/nathalie-philippe/">Nathalie Philippe</a><a href="https://hnp.fcbg.ch/home/csru/"></a>

Nathalie Philippe

Medical Assistant

<a href="https://hnp.fcbg.ch/people/loan-mattera/">Loan Mattera</a><a href="https://hnp.fcbg.ch/home/csru/"></a>

Loan Mattera

Medical Assistant


Here is an overview of the equipment available for experiments

Polysomnographic sleep recording

Two comfortable rooms are equipped to perform polysomnography during sleep. Brain activity can be measured using a 16 channel EEG systems (Vamp) and if necessary the rooms can be equipped with other high density systems of the EEG facility. Different physiological parameters such as breathing, skin conductance and heart rate can be recorded. Air extractors have been installed to send odors during periods of wake or sleep. The rooms are under video control and all of the parameters are viewed remotely in the control room. Portable EEG amplifier with 8 bipolar electrodes are also available to record sleep at home.

Monitoring the patients

The Facility is equipped to monitor clinically ambulatory patients. It contains an automatized hospital bed, a tensiometer, a resuscitation trolley and a wheelchair.

Relaxing area

The facility contains a relaxed seating area with a fully equipped kitchen and 2 bathrooms to fully welcome patients (and their relatives) and healthy volunteers in a private environment.

Neuropsychological interview

A room is dedicated to perform neuropsychological interviews and a battery of neurological, -psychological tests frequently used is available for children and adults. (For children : ADOS, ADI-R, WISC-IV, WPPSI-IV, RAVEN) (For motor assessement : ARAT, 9-Hole-Peg test, Purdue pegboard test, Box and Blocks test, Dynanometer: Jamar hand evaluation).

Blood sampling

An on-site medical assistant can assist and/or collect blood samples if necessary.

Blood Sampling Room

A dedicated space for blood sample collection.






 Please contact us for specific inquiries, project applications or additional information on the facility.

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