Our research

Through local, national and international collaborations, the Centre 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 are evaluating biomarkers that may help identify people at risk of poor outcomes with sleep loss.  Several of our projects look at how the timing of meals may impact diet and metabolism. 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. We take great pride in the research of the Patient Safety group’s efforts to create safe and effective systems of care via collaboration with clinical experts to ensure the delivery is standardised, relevant and timely and to evaluate the appropriateness of healthcare delivery to Australian children. In sum, our science focusses on understanding and improving the uman condition through learning about sleep, circadian rhythms, cognition and healthcare deliver.


We regularly recruit subjects to participate in research projects. This could involve the use of an  interactive  simulator, staying awake through the night, going without daylight or other time cues for a week or more, and generally finding out more about how you perform when well rested, when going without sleep or recovering from it.

To register your details as a potential volunteer, please contact the Centre on 08 8302 6624 or send us an email.

Areas of study and research

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