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The brain in a non-stop round the world regatta. Chronobiology and sleep management is a Course

The brain in a non-stop round the world regatta. Chronobiology and sleep management

Ended May 11, 2015

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Starts January 26, 2015 and is available until May 2015

This is a course from the Barcelona World Race Ocean Campus

You can also follow this course in Spanish and Catalan.

The sailors in a round the world regatta, race around the globe from west to east for three months, sailing in watches of four hours. They sail down the Atlantic from north to south, with little variation in longitude, but descending the latitudes of the planet, going from the northern winter to the southern summer. They them round Antarctica, crossing longitudes, gaining a day on the calendar as they go. A situation like this takes its toll on their biological clocks and sleep patterns and their cognitive capacity and physical performance are affected.

In this course you will learn the foundations of the biological patterns governing sleep and performance in general, it's application to solo and double-handed ocean sailing. Students look at how circadian rhythms are disrupted as one sails round the world, after months of environmental changes. Students examine the distribution of the activity-sleep rhythm and what strategies sailors employ to sleep and adapt to the gruelling course.

This course also has projects associated with the Barcelona World Race 2014/15.

The course team will be carrying out a research project called Cognitive Changes Associated With Ocean Sailing in Extreme Conditions, with Aleix Gelabert and Dídac Costa from One Planet One Ocean. Measurements will be taken immediately before and after the regatta, including functional brain imaging, a polisomnography, sleep-wake patterns and cognitive performance and environmental factor measurements. There are very few existing scientific studies and none with the measurement and recording techniques to be used, nor is there any study of a regatta as long as the Barcelona World Race.

To follow this course does not require previous knowledge of chronobiology.

When students finish the course, they may, if they wish, obtain a certificate of completion from the University of Barcelona..

Course Structure:

The course is structured around six modules. For more information about the course, please visit the course website.


The brain during a non-stop round the world regatta. Chronobiology and sleep management is a Barcelona World Race Ocean Campus course.

The Barcelona World Race Ocean Campus is an initiative by the Fundació Navegació Oceànica Barcelona(FNOB) and the University of Barcelona (UB).

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Ana Adam

Ana Adan

Course Coordinator & Instructor

Ana is a Doctor of Psychology and a professor with tenure at the Department of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychobiology at the University of Barcelona (Spain).

She directs the research team of Psychopharmacology and Drug Addiction at the Neuropsychology group at the University of Barcelona.

Member of the council board of Institute for Research on the Brain, Cognition and Behavior (IR3C) from University of Barcelona.

For over 20 years Dr. Adan has coordinated studies and lectured on many different subjects within Psychology, at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctorate level. She is currently the coordinator of the Psychology Faculty's undergraduate Psychopharmacology course and the Addictions course which is part of the Masters in General Health Psychology program. Ana Adan is also the director of the online IL3-UB Masters in Drug Addiction.

Dr Adan has published over 150 papers, with an “h” index of visibility and impact factor of 23. She is on the editorial committee of a number of specialist journals and is also part of the scientific committee for different clinical trials, and reports acting as an expert for the Spanish Ministry of Health.

Josep Serra-Grabulosa

Josep M Serra-Grabulosa


Josep is a Doctor of Psychology and a professor with tenure at Department of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychobiology at the University of Barcelona (Spain).

He directs research into "The cerebral basis for school learning disorders”,integrated into the neuropsychology group at the University of Barcelona, coordinating a multidisciplinary research group.

Josep is currently heading up research on a number of projects (http// in coordination with the Sant Joan de Deu Hospital (Barcelona, Spain).

His work as a professor involves coordinating study and lecturing for different courses within the Psychology Faculty's undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Dr. Serra-Grabulosa has also worked extensively teaching postgraduate, masters and doctorate courses.

He is a consultant for Lucataps for the development of digital technologies aimed at the diagnosis of school learning disorders.

Sandra Badia

Sandra Giménez Badia


Doctor of Medicine and Surgery. Neurophysiologist and specialist in Sleep Medicine, with certification as an Expert Somnolgist from the European Sleep Research Society.

Associate Professor at the University of Barcelona's Department of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychobiology. Director of the Sleep Unit at the Hospital de Santa Creu I Sant Pau Research Institute in Barcelona (Spain). Director of the Sleep Pathology at the Medical and Health Sciences Academy for Catalonia and the Balearic Islands (ACMCB).

Dr Giménez Badia has taken part in multiple national and international projects on Neuropsychopharmacology and Chronobiology of the sleep-wake system and sleep biomarkers. She has published 21 scientific articles in indexed journals.