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American Thoracic Society 2015 James Skatrud New Investigator Award - Dr Ching Li Chai-Coetzer


Our very own Dr Ching Li Chai-Coetzer has been selected as the winner of the American Thoracic Society 2015 James Skatrud New Investigator Award. This is an international honour recognising career accomplishments to date and future potential of new investigators working in the broad area of respiratory neurobiology and sleep. Ching Li’s research work has focussed predominantly on the development of simplified, community-based models of care for obstructive sleep apnea with the goal of improving equity of access to sleep services worldwide. This award was announced at the recent SRN Assembly meeting held at the American Thoracic Society conference in Denver. We are very proud of her amazing achievement.

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A Flinders Centre of Research Excellence


AISH has recently become a Flinders Centre of Research Excellence in recognition of its outstanding record of research and postgraduate teaching over many years and the potential the Flinders University sees in AISH for further growth and research achievement. It will open the door to new research collaborations at Flinders University of South Australian and the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network and further enhance AISH’s reputation nationally and internationally.

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SAHMRI Heart Health Theme


Professor Doug McEvoy, A/Professor Nick Antic and other Research staff have recently joined the SAHMRI Heart Health Theme led by Professor Stephen Nicholls within the South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI). Professor McEvoy and A/Professor Antic have been appointed as Senior Principal Research Fellow, Principal Research Fellow respectively. AISH Researchers have office space within SAHMRI on North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia where they will evolve cross disciplinary collaborative studies with a number of other SAHMRI research teams.

This is an exciting venture for AISH Sleep Researchers.

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PhD Scholarships and Post-Doctoral Fellowship opportunities


The Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health (AISH) is seeking high-calibre individuals with a strong interest in translational health-science research in sleep medicine to undertake PhD research projects or work as post-doctoral fellows.

AISH, which is based at the Repatriation General Hospital and is affiliated with Flinders University, has a strong national and international reputation for basic science and clinical translational sleep research. It is currently conducting 4 NHMRC-funded clinical trials investigating treatment outcomes in obstructive sleep apnoea that focus on cardiovascular outcomes, supine-avoidance strategies, comorbid insomnia management, and upper airway surgery. AISH is also part of the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Alertness, Safety and Productivity; a new national research consortium comprising 25 organisations including universities, research institutes, industry, policy and regulatory agencies and insurers. The CRC research program provides exciting new opportunities to undertake research at the health science, engineering and industry interface spanning the areas of;

  • Improving personalised sleep medicine through 'phenotyping' and targeting treatments to underlying causes of abnormal breathing in sleep
  • Identifying biomarkers of sleepiness and performance deficits to help reduce accident and adverse health outcome risks
  • Developing new technologies to assess alertness impairment
  • Individualising sleep and alertness management in safety critical occupations

Full and top-up scholarships are available for suitable students to undertake PhD projects within these research programs. Post-doctoral fellowship opportunities are also available through the CRC research program.

For enquiries contact

  • Professor Doug McEvoy - doug.mcevoy@sa.gov.au
  • A/Professor Peter Catcheside - peter.catcheside@sa.gov.au
  • Professor Karen Reynolds, Flinders University Biomedical Engineering - karen.reynolds@flinders.edu.au