NHMRC and ARC Fellowship Recipients in Sleep

2020 NHMRC Grant Announcements

Congratulations to the following members and their colleagues who collectively were awarded over $4.6m for their sleep-related applications via these funding mechanisms:

Prof Sharon Naismith, University of Sydney
NHMRC Boosting Dementia Research Initiative: REducing Sleep Apnoea for the PrEvention of Dementia (REShAPED): a multi-site feasibility RCT

Prof Lynne Bilston, University of New South Wales
NHMRC Investigator Grant: Biomechanical factors in health and disease

Dr Joshua Wiley, Monash University
NHMRC Investigator Grant: Optimising treatment to reduce sleep and depression symptoms in cancer: A personalised medicine approach

A/Prof Sean Cain, Monash University
NHMRC Ideas Grant: Circadian mechanisms for antidepressant medication treatment

2019 NHMRC Fellowship and Centre for Research Excellence Announcements

Recently, the outcomes of several NHMRC funding mechanisms were announced.

Congratulations to the following individuals and teams who collectively were awarded over $3.25m for their sleep-related applications via these funding mechanisms:

Clinical Centre of Research Excellence: Professor Sharon Naismith (Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney) and colleagues for a Centre of Research Excellence to Optimise Sleep in Brain Ageing and Neurodegeneration (CogSleep) ($2.5m over 5 years)

RD Wright Biomedical Career Development Fellow: Dr Andrew Vakulin (Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health, Flinders University) was awarded this highly prestigious and competitive Fellowship for his project titled: “Individualised Sleep Medicine: Through decision support tools needed to support screening, diagnosis and phenotyping sleep disorders” ($437,000 over 4 years)

Peter Doherty Biomedical Early Career Fellowship: Dr Thomas Andrillon (Monash University) for his project titled: “Fathoming sleep depth: a novel approach to the understanding and assessing of sleep-state misperception in insomnia” ($327,000 over 4 years).

2018 Project Grants

Prof David Hillman and colleagues 
The interaction between obstructive sleep apnea and cardiovascular risk factors on cardiovascular disease
University of Western Australia

CIA Dr Bradley Edwards and colleagues 
Predicting the successful resolution of obstructive sleep apnoea following weight-loss surgery
Monash University

Prof Ronald Grunstein and colleagues 
Local Sleep in the Awake Brain: An Underlying Cause of Neurobehavioural Deficits in Sleep Apnea?
University of Sydney

Dr Andrew Vakulin and colleagues 
A new clinical tool to assess fitness-to-drive in obstructive sleep apnea
Flinders University

Prof Lynne Bilston and colleagues 
A novel optical stimulation method for Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Treatment
University of New South Wales

Postgraduate Scholarships

Dr Robert Anderson 
A prospective multicentre randomized study to evaluate the impact of OSA treatment with CPAP on atrial electrical and structural substrate and on long term maintenance of sinus rhythm following catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation
Melbourne Health


Early Career Fellows

Recipients Fellowship Type Years
Peter Eastwood CJ Martin - Overseas Biomedical 1996-1999
Jason Kirkness CJ Martin - Overseas Biomedical 2005-2009
Danny Eckert CJ Martin - Overseas Biomedical 2008-2012
Craig Phillips Peter Doherty - Australian Biomedical 2009-2012
David Wang Health Professional Research 2009-2013
Kristina Kairaitis Health Professional Research 2010-2014
Heidi Richardson CJ Martin - Overseas Biomedical 2010-2013
Scott Sands CJ Martin - Overseas Biomedical 2011-2014
Christian Nicholas Peter Doherty - Australian Biomedical 2011-2014
Andrew Vakulin Australian Clinical Research 2012-2016
Brad Edwards CJ Martin - Overseas Biomedical 2012-2015
Julian Saboisky Australian Clinical Research 2012-2015
Melinda Jackson Peter Doherty - Australian Biomedical 2013-2016
Sarah Biggs Peter Doherty - Australian Biomedical 2013-2016
Ching Li Chai-Coetzer Health Professional Research 2014-2017
Rowan Ogeil Peter Doherty - Australian Biomedical 2014-2017
Sally Staton 2016-2020
John Arkwright 2017-2019
Michelle Blumfield 2017-2020
Danny Eckert 2017-2021
Sharon Naismith 2017-2020
Craig Phillips 2017-2020
Douglas McEvoy 2017-2022
Alexander Wolkow 2018-2021
Simon Joosten 2018-2021
Bei Bei 2018-2021
Harriet Hiscock 2018-2022
Rinaldo Bellomo 2018-2022
Peter Eastwood 2018-2022

Career Development Fellows

Peter Eastwood RD Wright (Biomedical) 2004-2007
Danny Eckert RD Wright (Biomedical) 2013-2016
Craig Phillips Clinical - Level 1 2014-2017
Harriet Hiscock Clinical - Level 2 2014-2017

Senior Research and Practitioner Fellows

Ronald Grunstein Practitioner Fellowship - Level I 2002-2006
Doug McEvoy Practitioner Fellowship - Level I 2005-2009
Rosemary Horne Senior Research Fellow 2005-2014
Ronald Grunstein Practitioner Fellowship - Level II 2007-2016
Peter Eastwood Senior Research Fellow 2008-Present
Doug McEvoy Practitioner Fellowship - Level II 2010-2014
John Wheatley Practitioner Fellowship 2010-2014
Doug McEvoy Practitioner Fellowship - Level II 2015-2019
Lynne Bilston Research Fellowship 2015-2019
Ronald Grunstein Senior Principal Research Fellowship 2016-2020

Recipient Fellowship Type Years
Amy Jordan Future Fellowship 2011-2015
Peter Catcheside Future Fellowship 2012-2016
Jon Quach DECRA 2014-2016

NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowships
Recipient Fellowship Type Years
Camilla Hoyos Early Career Fellowship 2016-2019
Shantel Duffy Early Career Fellowship 2016-2019
Angela D'Rozario Early Career Fellowship 2016-2019

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If you are a recipient of a competitive NHMRC, ARC or HRC fellowship in sleep and you do not see your name on the list, please forward the relevant details to admin@sleep.org.au

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