Through local, national and international collaborations, the labs research team has identified a number of important research themes and projects. One major theme concerns the consequences of insufficient sleep across the lifespan. Our research on sleep and circadian timing in adolescents, for example, is a primary example of science that has a global reach. Insufficient and ill-timed sleep are involved in on-going studies of the interaction of work and sleep scheduling. Testing countermeasures for inadequate sleep or circadian phase desynchrony form another of our major research themes, we also have recent NHMRC funding to examine countermeasures to prevent metabolic disorders in shift workers. Another primary set of investigations examines the role of sleep and associated physiology in cognitive function, including learning, memory, and emotional tone of cognitive activity. In sum, our science focuses on understanding and improving the human condition through learning about sleep, circadian rhythms and cognition.
The overarching mission for the Sleep and Chronobiology Laboratory is to promote sleep health. Our goals are to produce new knowledge about sleep at multiple levels: genetic, brain and behaviour, cognition, physiology, and metabolism to translate this knowledge into management of insufficient sleep.
Selected research projects
Altering meal times to reverse the metabolic consequences of shift work
Associate Professor Siobhan Banks
Does Adenotonsillectomy Improve Neurocognition in Pre-school Children with Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)
Professor Kurt Lushington
ARC Discovery Grants
The biological origins underpinning adolescent sleep timing
Professor Mary Carskadon
Safework SA - Coping the shiftwork: understanding and communicating resilience strategies for performance, safety and health.
Associate Professor Jill Dorrian