News – May 2013

REGISTER NOW GP Sleep Symposium: “Deprivation, Festination and Ideation - Sleep, the Brain, Mental Health and Insomnia”, June 22, 2013

Presented by the Woolcock and the Brain & Mind Research Institute (BMRI)
RACGP QI & CPD Accredited 40 Cat1 POINTS (TBC)

Join Professor Ron Grunstein and the Woolcock Sleep research team for a day especially designed to consider issues commonly faced by GP’-s when treating at-risk patients for insomnia and other sleep disorders.

Professor Simon Lewis from the Brain Mind Research Institute will present the first keynote on ‘The Brain, Parkinson’s and Sleep Disorders’ followed by Associate Professor Sharon Naismith in the afternoon speaking on ‘Sleep in Ageing and Neurodegenerative Disease’. Click here to read more and to register

Woolcock Research Symposium

On Monday 8th April 2013, the Woolcock Institute held their inaugural Research Symposium. Many people attended the day and enjoyed the open exchange of science and ideas that prevailed. Congratulations to CIRUS PhD scholars Joanne Fuller (Best Oral - Pharmacist delivered behavioural interventions for insomnia: a randomized controlled trial) and Angela D' Rozario (Best Poster - Electroencephalogram slowing during sleep correlates with neurobehavioral impairment in patients with sleep apnea ) who were winners of the awards for excellence in their presentation category. Other awards went to Ling Chen (Highly Commended Poster - Differences between matrix and soluble fibulin-1 in airway smooth muscle cells); Alen Faiz (Highly Commended Oral - Latrophilins may contribute to increased airway smooth muscle mass and contraction in asthmatic airways); Louise Harkness (Student Choice Award - The angio-regulatory role of tumstatin in the asthmatic airway); and Jade Jaffar (Research Symposium Award - Levels of fibulin-1 in the lung and serum are increased in fibrotic interstitial lung disease). Congratulations to all students and thank you to all who supported the day.

Is poor sleep contributing to your waist line?

Poor sleep not only has major health risks in the future it can also be contributing to those extra kilos now! Elizabeth Machan, CIRUS researcher and exercise physiologist and nutritionist outlines the common sleeping issues and ways to prevent putting on those kilos in the Weight Watchers magazine, May edition, 2013.

Tech savvy generation getting more sleep

We are told of plenty of reasons why people in today’s 24-hour society should be getting less sleep. But is it true? Associate Professor Nick Glozier from the CIRUS research group and the University of Sydney brings this notion into question with new research that shows people today are getting more sleep now than 30 years ago. Read more…