Sleep and Circadian Research

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Sleep and Circadian Research

Sleep and Circadian Research Group

The Sleep and Circadian Research Group is focused on understanding the impact of sleep disorders on health and well-being, and developing new diagnostic and therapeutic pathways to improve sleep health. The Group’s work spans several key research areas including: Neurobiology, Neurodegeneration and Sleep; Insomnia and Behavioural Sleep Medicine; Chronic Respiratory Disease and Sleep; Cardiometabolic Diseases and Sleep; and Epidemiology and Clinical Trials. The Woolcock has a suite of state-of-the-art research facilities including high-density electroencephalography and the ‘Australian Centre for Chronobiology, Endocrinology and Sleep Sciences Laboratory’ – a sleep lab which can be operated in time isolation mode, with varying light intensity and light spectra and controlled noise exposure.

Current examples of some of the research studies include: Sleep and health effects of wind turbine exposure; Novel brain biomarkers of driving and vigilance performance in sleep apnea after extended wakefulness; Light to improve sleep, circadian rhythms, cognition and daytime alertness; and Cannabis-based medicine for chronic insomnia.

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CIRUS: The Centre for Sleep and Chronobiology

CIRUS, the Centre for Sleep and Chronobiology conducts patient-centred translational research across a broad spectrum of sleep disorders at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, University of Sydney and at partner sites within Sydney, across Australia and internationally. 

CIRUS is a sophisticated network of organisations, clinical services, research leaders and facilities which conducts research in a range of areas through a multi-site collaborative approach, utilising the strengths of each partner. Its collective capacity and interdisciplinary methodology fosters new discoveries in science and medicine which are then translated to improved sleep healthcare.

Our Higher Degree Research Students

Elle Galgut
Carla Haroutonian
Dr Keith Johnson
Aaron Lam
Isobel Lavender
Fraser Lowry
Teha Pun
James Puterflam
Andrea Ricciardiello
Zoe Schrire
Anastasia Suraev
Dr Yizhong Zheng

Coordinators and Research Assistants

Jack Anderson
Garry Cho
Jeffrey Chung
Paola Espinel Diaz
Emma Funnell
Kyle Kremerskothen
Richard Lim
Ping-hsiu Lin
Matthew Rahimi
Arina Ridha
Helena Salomon
Jun Teh
Isabella Valenzuela
Alison Wheaton
Marilyn Yee

CIRUS Collaborators

Dr Julia Chapman
Dr Shantel Duffy
Associate Professor David Wang
Professor Sharon Naismith
Associate Professor Amanda Piper
Associate Professor Andrew Vakulin
Dr Maria Comas Soberats
Dr Pearl Chung
Dr Yasmina Serinel
Professor Danny Eckert
Dr Tom Altree
Professor Glenda Halliday
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