The founder and president of the FNT, Prof. Claudio Bassetti, grew up in Ticino, studied Medicine and specialized in Neurology. In 2000 he became Professor at Zurich University. In 2009 he founded the Neurocenter of Southern Switzerland (NSI). Since 2012 he has been Professor and Director of the Neurological Clinic of the University of Bern. He served as President of the European Sleep Research Society (ESRS, 2008-2012), of the Swiss Neurological Society (SNG, 2009-2013) and of the Swiss Federation of Clinical Neurosocieties (SFCNS, 2009-2013). He was also President of the European Neurological Society (ENS, 2013-2014).