Supported researchers

CIRUS fosters training and career development of clinical sleep researchers from a range of professional disciplines such as sleep medicine; neurology, stroke medicine and ageing; endocrinology, metabolism and andrology; chronic respiratory diseases and epidemiology; psychiatry and health services research; pharmacy practice; neurobiology and physics; chronobiology; genetics; and psychology.

CIRUS supports an interdisciplinary team of postdoctoral research fellows, clinical research fellows and PhD scholars focused to improve sleep health outcomes:

Current CIRUS supported researchers:

  • Dr Jong Won Kim, Post Doctoral Research Fellow - School of Physics, University of Sydney
    Non linear dynamics, brain modelling and quantitative EEG analysis
  • Dr Craig Phillips, Post Doctoral Research Fellow - Woolcock Institute / Royal North Shore Hospital
    Cardiovascular and metabolic consequences of sleep apnea and shift-work
  • Dr Svetlana Postnova, Post Doctoral Research Fellow - School of Physics, University of Sydney
    Mathematical modelling of homeostatic regulation of sleep-wake cycles
  • Dr Kate Sutherland, Post Doctoral Research Fellow - Woolcock Institute
    Innovative multimodality phenotyping approach to derive an accurate prediction model for use in the clinical setting
  • Dr Shaun Williams, Post Doctoral Research Fellow - Woolcock Institute
    Pharmacological interventions for sleep disorders
  • Dr Camilla Hoyos, Post Doctoral Research Fellow - Woolcock Institute
    Cardiometabolic effects of obstructive sleep apnea: the effects of treatment
  • Dr. Kishani Kannangara, Clinical Research Fellow - Woolcock Institute
    The effect of restorative sleep on the predisposition towards insulin resistance and diabetes
  • Dr Samantha Herath, Clinical Research Fellow - Woolcock Institute / Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
    Sleep disorders in chronic disease
  • Ms. Yu Sun Bin, PhD Scholar - Brain and Mind Research Institute
    The impact of sleep disturbances in Australia
  • Ms. Angela Denotti, PhD Scholar - Central Clinical School, University of Sydney / Woolcock Institute
    Brain activity (EEG) analysis and brain imaging techniques to measure the neurobiological effects of sleep apnea
  • Ms. Joanne Fuller, PhD Scholar – School of Pharmacy, University of Sydney
    Identifying and developing the role of community pharmacists in sleep health
  • Dr. Roo Killick, PhD Scholar – Central Clinical School, University of Sydney / Woolcock Institute of Medical Research
    The effect of restorative sleep on the predisposition towards insulin resistance and diabetes
  • Mr Christopher Miller, Cotutelle PhD Scholar, University of Glasgow, UK / University of Sydney
    Sleep restriction therapy for insomnia
  • Ms. Julia Chapman , PhD Scholar - Central Clinical School, University of Sydney / Woolcock Institute
    Diet exercise and armodafinil for obstructive sleep apnea patients who cannot use standard treatment
  • Ms. Liora Kempler, PhD Scholar – Faculty of Science, University of Sydney / Woolcock Institute
    Early sleep interventions to reduce the risk of post natal depression in new mothers
  • Dr. Samuel Bolitho, PhD Scholar – Brain and Mind Research Institute, University of Sydney
    Utilising functional magnetic imaging to predict pre-clinical Parkinson’s Disease in patients with idiopathic REM Sleep Behaviour Disorder
  • Ms. Carissa Hanes, PhD Scholar – Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Sydney
    The development and implementation of standardised guidelines for the provision of CPAP services in community pharmacies
  • Dr Yasmina Djavadkhani, Clinical Research Fellow - Woolcock Institute / Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
    Evaluation and comparison of screening tools for patients with suspected obstructive sleep apnoea in a primary care setting
  • Mr Romesh Abeysuriya, PhD Scholar – School of Physics, University of Sydney
    Developing an integrated sleep-wake and EEG model of the brain
  • Ms Janet Cheung, PhD Scholar – Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Sydney
    Patient beliefs about insomnia treatment - development and validation of a clinical measure
  • Mr Luke Rowsell, PhD Scholar – Central Clinical School, University of Sydney / Woolcock Institute
    The effect of morphine on obstructive sleep apnea
  • Ms Gagandeep Kaur, PhD Scholar – Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Sydney
    Chronotherapy in practice

CIRUS Research Fellows and Associates:

  • Dr Xuelong Zhao, PhD Scholar – School of Physics, University of Sydney
    Bursting neurons in thalamocortical oscillations
  • Dr Andrew Vakulin, NHMRC Australian Clinical Research Fellow, University of Sydney / Woolcock Institute / Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health
    Novel biomarker of performance impairment in sleep apnea
  • Mr George Dungan, Director Sleep and Chronic Medicine Research, Vapotherm, Inc, TX, USA
    Technology Research
  • Dr Alessandra Coeytaux Jackson, Neurologist - Geneva University Hospitals, Switzerland
    The effect of clonazepam on non REM parasomnia in adults and the effect of melatonin in REM sleep behaviour disorders
  • Dr Christopher Gordon, Director of Postgraduate Advanced Studies, Sydney Nursing School, The University of Sydney
    Temperature regulation and sleep
  • Dr Nathaniel Marshall, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Trials, Sydney Nursing School, The University of Sydney
    Association between sleep apnea and sleep and health outcomes
  • Dr Andras Szentkirayli, Assistant Lecturer, Institute of Behavioural Sciences, Semmelweis University, Hungary
    Quantitative EEG analysis during a driving simulator task
  • Dr Amanda Gamble, Psychologist, Woolcock Institute
    Cognitive-behavioural interventions for young people with sleep disorders
  • Dr. Sheila Sivam, Sleep Physician, St Vincent’s Hospital
    Randomised crossover trial of Modafinil in mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea patients

Past CIRUS researchers:

  • Dr Richard Lee, Post Doctoral Research Fellow - Royal North Shore Hospital
    Craniofacial phenotyping in sleep apnea
  • Dr Lydia Makarie Rofail, Post Doctoral Research Fellow - Woolcock Institute
    Screening and management pathways for sleep disorders in primary care
  • Dr Catherina Chang, Clinical Research Fellow – Royal Prince Alfred Hospital / Woolcock Institute
    Randomised crossover trial of Modafinil in mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea patients
  • Ms. Kelly Sinclair, PhD Scholar – Dept of Psychology, Monash University
    Managing fatigue and sleep disturbance following traumatic brain injury
  • Dr Ruby Brillante, Clinical Research Fellow - Woolcock Institute
    The endocrine and metabolic impact of sleep disorders
  • Ms. Megan Crawford, Cotutelle PhD Scholar - University of Glasgow, UK / University of Sydney
    Behavioural adherence to sleep disorder treatments