Professor Robert Adams

Professor in Respiratory and Sleep Medicine

College of Medicine and Public Health

Research expertise

Professor Robert Adams maintains a highly collaborative, transdisciplinary research agenda aiming to better identify who is at risk of adverse health outcomes out of the large pool of people in the community who have some form of sleep problems, including sleep apnea, circadian misalignment, sleep deprivation and insomnia.

Research expertise

Professor Robert Adams maintains a highly collaborative, transdisciplinary research agenda aiming to better identify who is at risk of adverse health outcomes out of the large pool of people in the community who have some form of sleep problems, including sleep apnea, circadian misalignment, sleep deprivation and insomnia.

place Flinders Medical Centre (2A22)

Prof 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) cohort. He was responsible for the conduct of sleep studies in almost 850 men in the MAILES cohort, one of the largest longitudinal cohort studies worldwide of sleep health in the community. He is CI on the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence National Centre for Sleep Health Services Research.

Qualifications

Professor Robert Adams, MBBS, FRACP, FRCP (London), MD 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 Professor of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine and Medical Director, Adelaide Institute of Sleep Health (AISH) at Flinders University. He is Adjunct Professor, Adelaide Medical School, University of Adelaide.

Research expertise
Sleep and Respiratory Medicine
Research interests

Sleep

His work with national and international collaborators includes seeing if new biomarkers of sleep apnea on sleep studies (qEEG power spectral analysis, heart rate variability, hypoxic load) can be used to improve the precision for identifying those at risk of adverse consequences. His work on Sleep Health formed the basis of national reports that led to the recent Parliamentary Inquiry into Sleep Health and ongoing work aims to identify and develop interventions to improve sleep in the community. He has an emerging interest in the effect of circadian misalignment on health, and the influences of diet, exercise and daily activity as potential intervention sites.

Chronic disease

The North-West Adelaide Health Study (NWAHS) has followed over 4000 adults since 2000 for a wide range of biopsychosocial and environmental variables, and resulted in over 200 publications so far. The study is a valuable resource and has been involved in various collaborative research projects both nationally and internationally. Prospective longitudinal data has been collected at multiple time-points since 2000 and there is broad multidisciplinary data on physical, mental and social aspects of health. Data linkage with other publicly held datasets, e.g. medication and hospital records, are available, as well as stored biological samples. Enquiries from researchers regarding use of the data are welcome.

See https://health.adelaide.edu.au/medicine/research/north-west-adelaide-health-study

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