dr. sc. Barbara Barun, dr. med, neurology specialist

Barbara BarunBarbara Barun, MD, PhD
Neurology Specialist, International Sleep Disorder Specialist

I graduated from the School of Medicine, University of Zagreb in 2005, and a year after that I was hired by the School of Medicine, University of Zagreb as a science junior on a research project titled ‘Molecular and Diagnostic Basics of Demyelinating Diseases’.

During the period of my specialization in neurology, I have had professional training and produced a scientific research paper at the Neuroimmunology Unit of the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, McGill University, which served as a basis for my doctoral dissertation titled “Serum Inflammatory Factors as Markers of Daily Somnolence/Fatigue in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis”.

Since 2012, I have been employed as a neurologist at the Reference Center for Demyelinating Diseases of the Central Nervous System of the Department of Neurology, KBC Zagreb, and since January 2013, I have served as head of the Polysomnography Laboratory at the Department of Neurology, KBC Zagreb. I am also an employee of the School of Medicine, University of Zagreb, where I hold the position of senior post-doctoral assistant at the Department of Neurology.

I have had education in somnology and international cooperation at the Centro Medizina di Sonno, Fondazione San Raffaele, Milano, Italy, and at the Laboratory of Sleep Research, Department of Biomedical and Neuromotor Sciences, University of Bologna, Italy. In 2014, I completed the Edinburgh Sleep Medicine Course, as well as the basic part of the VIREPA distance education course on the topic of ‘Epilepsy and Sleep’, and in the following year, the clinical part of the VIREPA distance education course on the topic of ‘Epilepsy and Sleep’. I am currently attending the 2nd level of my education in behavioral-cognitive psychotherapy. I have also been certified as an international somnologist by the World Association of Sleep Medicine.

I am a member of the Croatian Neurological Society, a member of the board of directors of the Croatian Somnology Society, a member of the European Academy of Neurology and a representative of the Republic of Croatia on its ‘Sleep Panel’, and a member of the European Sleep Research Society.

I have authored scientific and professional articles, and a chapter in a book on the field of somnology and neuroimmunology.