Dr Keith Wong

  • a MBBS (Hons) MMed (Clin Epi) PhD FRACP
  • Research fellow at Sleep and Circadian Research Group, Woolcock Institute of Medical Research
  • Staff Specialist at Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital

Current research interests

Dr Wong is a Sleep and Respiratory Physician with an interest in research methods, and their application in clinical research in sleep and respiratory medicine. His specific interests in sleep health have included developing simplified methods to detect sleep disorders, assessing the neurobehavioral effects of sleep loss, and methods to improve adherence to sleep apnea therapy.

Major research achievements

Dr Wong has expertise in programs related to clinical screening in sleep apnea and is chief investigator on an NHMRC grant working on this topic. He completed a PhD examining the role of various neurophysiologic tests to explain sleepiness and other aspects of daytime performance in sleep apnea. Dr Wong works on the Biostatistics Advisory Group for the Australasian Sleep Trials Network, is on the membership committee of the Australasian Sleep Association and was a member of the local organizing committee for the Worldsleep07 international sleep conference held in Cairns in September 2007.

CCRE role & involvement in CCRE projects

Dr Wong's involvement in CCRE projects include:

  • Providing support for study design and data analysis for CCRE projects and postgraduate students.
  • Coordinating the CCRE research theme "increasing effectiveness of treatments for sleep disorders".
  • As responsible chief investigator for an NHMRC-funded project developing and evaluating simplified methods to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea in primary care.

Relevant publications

  1. Marshall NS, Wong KKH, Liu PY, Cullen S, Knuiman MK, Grunstein RR. Sleep apnea as an independent risk factor for all-cause mortality: The Busselton Health Study. Sleep 2008; 31(8): 1079-1085.
  2. Richards D, Bartlett DJ, Wong K, Malouff J, Grunstein RR. Increased Adherence to CPAP With a Group Cognitive Behavioral Treatment Intervention: A Randomized Trial. Sleep 2007;30(5):635-40.
  3. Wong KKH, Marshall NS, Grunstein RR, Dodd MJ, Rogers NL. Comparing the neurocognitive effects of 40 hours sustained wakefulness in patients with untreated OSA and healthy controls. Journal of Sleep Research 2008; 17: 322-330.
  4. Tran A, Fuller J, Wong KK, Krass I, Grunstein R, Saini R. The development of a sleep disorder screening program in Australian community pharmacies. Pharmacy World and Science 2009 Aug;31(4):473-80.
  5. Wong KKH, Grunstein RRG, Bartlett DJ, Gordon E. Brain Function In Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Results From An International Brain Database. Journal of Integrative Neuroscience 2006; 5(1): 111-121.
  6. Wong K, Jankelson D, Reid A, Unger G, Dungan G, Hedner J, Grunstein R. Diagnostic test evaluation of a nasal flow monitor for obstructive sleep apnea detection in sleep apnea research. Behavior Research Methods 2008; 40(1), 360-366.
  7. Rofail LM, Wong KKH, Unger G, Marks GB, Grunstein RR. Comparison between a single channel nasal airflow device and oximetry for the diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea, accepted Sleep 26 Nov 2009.