We conduct world-class research and teaching to improve health through the science of sleep.
FHMRI: Sleep Health (formerly Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health, AISH) is conducting world-leading transdisciplinary research to advance knowledge of sleep, sleep disorders and develop new treatments to improve sleep.
We are a transdisciplinary team comprising more than 60 health and medical professionals, students and researches collectively combining clinical, physiology, psychology, engineering and epidemiology expertise. We also have external expert and consumer advisory groups that provide well-developed links to internationally-based Universities, industry partners, professional societies and representatives of those who matter most: patients and the community.
We are ideally placed to design and translate novel and practical diagnostic and treatment including new personalised approaches to improve sleep in the lives of people who suffer from sleep disorders, including the two most common disorders insomnia and sleep apnea.
eHealth technology, wearable sensors, nearables and data analytics are redefining the way we manage our health and practice medicine.
Our researchers and engineers are working together with industry partners to develop new, evidence-based technologies to better measure sleep, screen for and treat sleep disorders, and manage sleep health in the community and in health clinics.
Our research focuses on improving models of care across a range of health care settings. The National Centre for Sleep Health Services Research Centre of Research Excellence housed at FHMRI Sleep Health places primary care at the centre of sleep disorders service delivery.
We are focused on the deployment of new simplified, cost-effective technologies, guidelines, and systems to diagnose and manage sleep problems. This includes better connection and support for primary care practitioners by specialist sleep services in a “hub and spoke” model of health service to increase access to care.
Knowing how a person is likely to be impacted by a sleep disorder and how to prevent or manage these conditions and their consequences is an essential part of sleep health research.
Our researchers are conducting innovative longitudinal and cohort research initiatives to promote prevention, and early detection and better management of sleep disorders to improve quality of life, wellbeing, and physical and mental health. This work includes specific clinical populations and the wider community.
Sleep, exercise and healthy eating are the corner stones of leading a healthy life. Missing out on sleep or having a sleep disorder that robs you of good quality sleep can have serious short- and long-term health consequences.
Poor sleep can result in memory and mood disturbance and lead to daytime sleepiness, poor concentration and accidents. In the long-term, chronic sleep deprivation may contribute to a host of health problems including obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Sleep disorders are varied and can affect anyone at any time.
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Sleep disorders have a huge impact on the health, productivity and safety of people around the world. The two most common disorders (obstructive sleep apnea and insomnia) alone cost Australia—by conservative estimates—over $5 billion per year.
Disturbingly, current health services and policy fail to cost-effectively manage these disorders; through over-reliance on too complex and costly sleep apnea tests, unregulated industry practices often failing to deliver good outcomes for patients, and poor treatment selection and access in primary care.
You can help or be involved:
We need people with and without sleep disorders to participate in our important research projects. Volunteers’ support is vital to our success.
You can help to improve sleep health and wellbeing in our community by donating to FHMRI Sleep Health.
We thank you for your valuable support.
We provide community workshops in metro and rural areas and an education outreach program on a range of sleep health issues. We also have long-term international and Australian sleep health partnerships across universities, South Australian Local Health Network and with industry groups. Please contact us to discuss opportunities.
Our dedicated sleep research facility is made up of approximately 900sqm of research and laboratory spaces, including a fully configurable six-bedroom, acoustically treated laboratory equipped with the latest technology to measure respiratory and brain function. There is also separate state of the art driver simulator room and virtual reality space. These rooms can be used to test for the impacts of environmental noise on sleep and conduct live-in sleep deprivation and circadian experiments.
In addition there are Sleep Health Clinic Rooms for consultations and research.
There is space to accommodate over 60 research staff. However, perhaps the most significant advantage of our facility is its ability to facilitate cross-disciplinary scientific collaborations in translational research
We are extremely proud of the combination of such cutting-edge laboratories, the latest technology, and work spaces that are home to our world-class teaching and research into respiratory and non-respiratory sleep disorders.
Professor Eckert is a National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia Leadership Fellow and a Mathew Flinders Professor at Flinders University. He serves as Director of FHMRI Sleep Health and was the inaugural Deputy Director and Clinical Translation Theme Lead at Flinders Health and Medical Research Institute (FHMRI).
Professor Eckert leads a comprehensive basic sciences and translational research program that focuses on identification of the causes of sleep apnea, optimisation of existing therapies, and development of new tailored therapies. He is most well-known for his pioneering respiratory phenotyping work which has led to a new precision medicine therapeutic framework to understand and treat OSA and for his research on the role of arousal mechanisms on sleep apnea pathogenesis and novel pharmacotherapy. He has published more than 170 articles in the leading sleep and respiratory medicine and other cross-disciplinary and general medical journals.
His previous appointments include Professor of Medicine at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Principal Research Scientist at Neuroscience Research Australia where he maintains affiliate appointments, and Assistant Professor within the Division of Sleep Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston.
Professor Robert Adams is a specialist respiratory and general physician with extensive experience in public health, clinical epidemiology and health services research. He completed post-doctoral training at the Channing Laboratory, Harvard Medical School and is currently appointed as Professor in the College of Medicine and Public Health at Flinders University.
Professor Adams has extensive experience with large population-based cohort studies. He is Principal Investigator of The North West Adelaide Health Study (NWAHS) and co-led the process of harmonisation with the Florey Adelaide Male Ageing Study (FAMAS), such that there are now over 2000 men aged over 35 being followed in the Male Androgen, Inflammation, Lifestyle, Environment and Stress (MAILES) study with a further 2000 women in the cohort. He was responsible for the conduct of sleep studies in almost 850 men in the MAILES cohort, one of the largest studies worldwide of sleep health in the community.
He has authored more than 285 peer-reviewed publications in journals and books, including top ranked journals in clinical endocrinology (Diabetes Care), allergy (Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology), sleep (Sleep), respiratory medicine (Lancet Respiratory Medicine; American Journal of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine), and general medicine (Lancet).
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FHMRI Sleep Health team, 2021
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Find us at:
FHMRI: Sleep Health (formerly Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health, AISH)
Level 2, Building A
Mark Oliphant building
5 Laffer Drive
Bedford Park 5042 SA
We acknowledge the traditional owners, both past and present, of the various locations the centre operates on, and recognise their continued relationship and responsibility to these lands and waters.
We value the different experiences and perspectives our people bring to their work and their studies. We are committed to individual and group actions to create and maintain a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment built upon respect, dignity, fairness, caring and equity for all peoples, cultures and histories.
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