News – March 2013

Shed your OSA by losing those kilos – A new trial investigates

Can weight loss be a treatment pathway for those who cannot use conventional obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) treatments? CIRUS researcher, Dr Nathanial Marshall discusses how his research trial is combining a weight loss and diet program with a new drug that aims to reduce OSA and improve wakefulness. Read more.....

Are you doing more damage than waking up tired?

Sleep deprivation has been linked to the expression of genes that can increase the risk of obesity and heart disease. CIRUS researcher, Andrew Vakulin, states that these research findings are ‘a window into the mechanisms that underpin the harmful effects of sleep deprivation’. Read more.....

CIRUS Special Lecture - Prof. Jerome Dempsey, University of Wisconsin, Madison

An invitation to attend a special lecture from a world leader in Respiratory and Sleep Physiology: Prof. Jerome Dempsey, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Presentation Title Instability of Respiratory Motor Output and OSA: Implications for Treatment
Time / Date 8.45 am Tuesday 19th March 2013.
Venue Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, Level 5, Theatre 1, 431 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, 2037.

Prof. Jerome Dempsey is a world leader in Respiratory Physiology, and the immediate Post Editor of Journal of Applied Physiology. He is John Robert Sutton Professor of Population Health Sciences, and the Director of John Rankin Laboratory of Pulmonary Medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has his primary appointment in the Department of Population Health Sciences and affiliate appointments in Physiology and Kinesiology. His research interests are concerned with the regulation of breathing in various physiologic states in un-anesthetized humans and animals. One group of projects seeks to determine the limits of the healthy human pulmonary system for gas transport, respiratory muscle function and ventilatory output during exercise. The effects of aging, gender, fitness and airway reactivity on these processes are emphasized. A second major aim is the influence of respiration on autonomic control of cardiovascular function. A third series of studies is concerned with regulation of breathing in waking and sleeping humans and animals, with specific emphasis on sleep apnea and the effects of novel treatments.