Broad Research Area: Mechanisms and Consequences of Sleep Disordered Breathing
The Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health: A Flinders Centre of Research Excellence (AISH FCRE) is a 7 bed clinical and research facility currently based at Repatriation General Hospital, with strong inter-disciplinary links with the School of Psychology, Faculty of Science and Engineering and the Flinders Human Behaviour and Health Research Unit. AISH FCRE provides a clinical service for patients with sleep related problems, such as obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA; repeated obstructive breathing events in sleep in otherwise healthy people), insomnia, sleep hypoventilation in patients with known respiratory muscle weakness or lung disease and other sleep disorders. Breathing disturbances and poor sleep have important daytime consequences including pathological daytime sleepiness, neurocognitive impairments and a substantially increased risk of traffic and other accidents. OSA is also associated with cardiovascular disease (eg hypertension and heart disease). AISH FCRE is one of the leading clinical research laboratories in Australia with major strengths in cardio-respiratory sleep physiology, neurocognitive performance and insomnia-related research. AISH FCRE/Flinders University are also playing an important role in the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Alertness, Safety and Productivity (www.alertnesscrc.com), with a particular focus on improving diagnostic methods and outcomes for patients through more personalised sleep medicine that better targets treatments to underlying causes of sleep problems and individual patient vulnerability to daytime performance deficits.
Students who may be interested in sleep-related research are encouraged to discuss potential honours projects in more detail with one of the members of the AISH FCRE group.
A/Prof Peter Catcheside
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Prof Doug McEvoy
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Dr David Stevens
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Dr Andrew Vakulin
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Dr Ching Li Chai Coetzer
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Dr Nicole Lovato
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Honours and PhD studies can be undertaken at AISH through the following institutions:
- Adelaide University - Discipline of Physiology, School of Molecular and Biomedical Sciences
- Flinders University - Sleep Research Laboratory / School of Psychology
- UniSA - Centre for Sleep Research / School of Psychology / School of Health Sciences
Scholarships & Employment:
A $3000 stipend is available from AISH for Honours students. Many of our students also obtain employment in the Sleep Lab as clinical sleep technicians.
To apply: Contact one of the supervisors, and your institution's honours program coordinator for further details of how to apply.