Congratulations Colin Sullivan
2021 Sleep Research Society Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award recipient

18 March 2021

Colin Sullivan, PhD
Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award for novel and seminal discoveries of a basic, clinical or theoretical nature that have made a significant impact on the sleep field.

Colin Sullivan, PhD, is a professor and chair of the research committee in the department of medicine at the University of Sydney, and a consultant physician with the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and the Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick. Beyond the identification of the significant influence of sleep on breathing, his major scientific achievements have included the characterization of the pathophysiology of adult sleep apnea; the invention of nasal CPAP in 1980, now the ‘gold standard’ treatment of sleep apnea; the development of non-invasive ventilation during sleep to manage respiratory failure; the recognition of the extent of upper airway obstruction in infantile apnea; the development of human fetal monitoring technology, and the discovery of the mechanism of sleep-induced worsening of blood pressure in pre-eclampsia.

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