Prof. Dr. Roumen Kirov
Consulting Editor: Roumen Kirov (M.D. , PhD)
Roumen Kirov, M.D. and Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Department of Cognitive Psychophysiology of the Institute of Neurobiology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria. Dr. Kirov is currently a Senior Researcher of several Bulgarian, German-Bulgarian and Swiss-Bulgarian scientific projects that deal with various aspects of sleep research. He is also a lecturer at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria.
Dr. Kirov achieved his Master’s Degree in Medicine in the Medical University of Sofia, Bulgaria, and specialized Psychiatry in the Regional Hospital of Pernik, Bulgaria. He obtained his Ph.D. in the Institute of Physiology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria for research on pharmacology of sleep regulation and age-related changes in sleep and in electroencephalogram/multi-unit activities in animal models of normal and pathological aging. Dr. Kirov also specialized in Clinical Electroencephalography and Polysomnography in the Clinic for Neurology at the Medical University of Sofia, Bulgaria. He was awarded a German Foundation for Scientific Research Fellowship for post-doctoral study of sleep and sleep disorders in child psychiatric illnesses at the Medical University of Goettingen, Germany. In addition, he worked as a Senior Researcher for investigating effects of oscillating trans-cranial direct current stimulation, applied in different sleep and wake stages, on human cognitive and psychological processes at the Medical University of Luebeck, Germany.
Dr. Kirov has completed over 347 peer reviews for more than 30 international journals including Biological Psychiatry, Journal of Sleep Research, Sleep Medicine, and Sleep Medicine Reviews, and servers as an Editor for Austin Journal of Sleep Disorders. He is member of several international scientific organizations including European Psychiatric Association and International Society of Psychophysiological Research.
Dr. Kirov’s main research focuses include understanding the role for sleep and sleep EEG rhythms and signatures in memory processes, emotion, creativity, and neurobehavioral functions, investigating developmental and age-related sleep changes in norm and psychopathology, exploring effects of modulation of brain oscillations during sleep on human cognition, and understanding dream’s role for well-being. He has authored over 40 original reports and reviews or chapters in different fields of sleep research.