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I want to improve sleep medicine by bridging the gap between technical development of sleep monitoring devices and clinical application in patients at the sleep center or at home.

Research profile

Merel van Gilst is a senior researcher in the Signal Processing Systems group (department of Electrical Engineering). She is a neuroscientist and somnologist, and together with Professor Sebastiaan Overeem, van Gilst leads the advanced sleep monitoring group. Her research is focused on the clinical application of new technology for monitoring sleep and diagnosis of sleep disorders. To achieve this goal she is also affiliated with sleep expertise center Kempenhaeghe. At the sleep center she established a large scale data collection project, where sleep registrations are combined with experimental measurement modalities, completely integrated in regular patient care. The SOMNIA database currently contains over 1000 registrations and is a valuable source of data for the sleep research activities within the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e).

Van Gilst obtained her PhD with research on sleep and sleep disorders in patients with Parkinson disease. Movement disorders during sleep are still one of her main research interests. She has ample experience with clinical research and within the Eindhoven MedTech Innovation Center (e/MTIC) she supports technical researchers in establishing clinical validation studies.

Academic background

After her multidisciplinary education in cognitive artificial intelligence and neuroscience at Utrecht University (graduation 2011), Merel van Gilst obtained her PhD at the department of neurology of the Radboud university medical center Nijmegen (graduation 2016). In 2016 she became a post doctoral researcher at TU/e and sleep medicine center Kempenheaghe. In 2017 she passed the European Society of Sleep Research exam and became a somnologist (expert in sleep research).

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Research Output

  • 65 Citations
  • 13 Article
  • 5 Meeting Abstract
  • 4 Conference contribution

A mobile app for longterm monitoring of narcolepsy symptoms: design, development, and evaluation

Quaedackers, L., de Wit, J., Pillen, S., van Gilst, M., Batalas, N., Lammers, G. J., Markopoulos, P. & Overeem, S., 7 Jan 2020, In : JMIR Mhealth and Uhealth. 8, 1, 14 p., e14939.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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  • 3 Downloads (Pure)

    Modelling sleep onset misperception in insomnia

    Hermans, L. W. A., van Gilst, M. M., Regis, M., van den Heuvel, L. C. E., Langen, H., van Mierlo, P., Krijn, R., Hoondert, B., Maass, H., van Dijk, J. P., Leufkens, T. R. M. & Overeem, S., 4 Feb 2020, In : Sleep.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • Multilevel interval coded scoring to assess the cardiovascular status of sleep apnea patients using oxygen saturation markers

    Deviaene, M., Borzée, P., van Gilst, M., van Dijk, J., Overeem, S., Buyse, B., Testelmans, D., van Huffel, S. & Varon, C., 6 Feb 2020, In : IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • Open Access
  • 7 Downloads (Pure)

    Exploring the Parkinson patients' perspective on home-based video recording for movement analysis: a qualitative study

    de Vries, N. M., Smilowska, K., Hummelink, J., Abramiuc, B., van Gilst, M. M., Bloem, B. R., de With, P. H. N. & Overeem, S., 27 Apr 2019, In : BMC Neurology. 19, 1, 6 p., 71.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    27 Downloads (Pure)

    Press / Media

    New method makes the experience of sleeplessness more visible

    Sebastiaan Overeem & Merel M. van Gilst


    2 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment


    Sleep Medicine

    Merel M. van Gilst (Content manager), M.B. (Beatrijs) van der Hout-van der Jagt (Content manager)

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