Professor Grunstein has been a consultant physician in sleep disorders for over 30 years and a pioneer in improving patient care in sleep medicine in Australia and internationally. He sees patients with all different types of sleep disorders including sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy and sleepiness disorders, restless legs syndrome and sleep-movement disorders.
He is currently a Senior Principal Research Fellow of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC highest level research appointment) and Professor of Sleep Medicine at the University of Sydney and works at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Ron heads CIRUS, the Sleep and Circadian Research Group at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research and has led multiple NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence in sleep medicine. As well, he was Program Leader in the Co-operative Research Centre in Alertness, Safety and Productivity (2014-2020) which addressed the challenge of reducing poor sleep and sleepiness that impacts on driving, work, and society in general. He has a broad range of interests in sleep health research and clinical care.
From 2007-2011, Professor Grunstein served as President of the World Sleep Federation, the roof body for sleep researchers and clinicians internationally, organising successful world congresses in Cairns and Kyoto. He was awarded the Australasian Sleep Association Distinguished Achievement Award in 2010, the Nathaniel Kleitman Distinguished Service Award from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine in 2011 and the Royal Prince Alfred Foundation Medal for Excellence in Medical Research in 2012. In 2014, he received the Distinguished Professor Award from the Sydney Medical School and in 2016 has been awarded the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand Research Medal. Ron was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2019.
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