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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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Volunteers needed for sleep studies




Do you snore on your back?

As shown on Channel 9 News on Wednesday 8th July 2015 -

Volunteers aged 18-75 years are needed to participate in a research trial for people who find sleeping on their back makes snoring or obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) worse.

A new position-triggered vibration device called BuzzPOD, is being trialled by Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health researchers. The BuzzPOD is designed to discourage back (supine) sleeping in people who have been diagnosed with OSA that is only a clinical problem during supine sleep.

As part of your participation in the study you will receive free of charge an eight week trial of both Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) – the standard treatment for OSA – and an eight week trial of supine-avoidance treatment using the BuzzPOD device.

Trial participants must not have previously used CPAP treatment.

To be eligible for the SUPA OSA Trial you would need to have had a sleep study (that we can screen) which shows supine-mainly OSA, or if you have not had a sleep study you would need a referral from your GP for a sleep study at AISH.

To find out if you are eligible, select aishresearch and complete the online screening questionnaire, or contact Melanie Heath on 1800 397 371 or to email select Melanie Heath.

 This research has been approved by the Southern Adelaide Clinical Human Research Ethics Committee.


Surgery Trial for Sleep Apnoea

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for a new SURGICAL trial for OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNOEA (OSA). The Surgery of the upper airway Trial is a multi-centre, randomised controlled clinical study investigating the clinical benefit of multi-level upper airway surgery for patients with moderate-severe OSA who have failed medical treatments such as continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and mandibular advancement splints (MAS).

Participants are required to be in the trial for 6 months and half of the participants will receive upper airway surgery at no cost. At the conclusion of the trial, if surgery outcomes are found favourable control patients will also be offered the surgery at no cost.

Patients should be aged 18 – 70, have moderate to severe OSA and have tried and failed CPAP and MAS treatments.

For more information and to find out if you are eligible, select aishresearch and complete the online screening questionnaire. Alison Pinczel may be contacted on 1800 397 371 or to email select Alison Pinczel.

 This research has been approved by the Southern Adelaide Clinical Human Research Ethics Committee.


Do you suffer from Insomnia and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea?

The COMISA trial is a research study of a non-drug (behavioural) treatment designed to help people with the two overlapping sleep disorders and will test if insomnia therapy will improve Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) adherence leading to better sleep quality.

Participants are required to be in the trial for six months and will receive CPAP free of charge, with some also receiving four sessions of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for their insomnia.

Participants should be aged 18-75, have symptoms of OSA (e.g. snoring, day time tiredness) and insomnia.

To find out if you are eligible, select aishresearch and complete the online screening questionnaire.

This research has been approved by the Southern Adelaide Clinical Human Research Ethics Committee.

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@health.sa.gov.au
  • A/Professor Peter Catcheside - peter.catcheside@health.sa.gov.au
  • A/Professor Nick Antic - nick.antic@health.sa.gov.au
  • Professor Karen Reynolds, Flinders University Biomedical Engineering - karen.reynolds@flinders.edu.au