IBAS research spans a wide range of respiratory and sleep disorders. Research is focussed on all stages of intervention: from physiology and cell biology through diagnosis and assessment to treatment and quality of life.
Within the core area of breathing and sleep, IBAS has a number of focuses:
The impact of respiratory and sleep disorders on driving is one focus of research. One large program, the HealthBreak project researched the change in workplace injuries before and after implementation of a sleep disorders and cardiovascular risk screening program in the road transport industry. Other projects evaluate the impact of shiftwork, sleep apnoea and lung disease on simulated driving and have trialled interventions including drowsiness monitors and education in young drivers.
Sleep Health in Quadriplegia
The interaction between sleep and quadriplegia is the focus of a large program of research known as Sleep Health in Quadriplegia (SHiQ). The program of research developed from earlier research within IBAS. Between 2010 and 2015, the SHiQ team aim to improve the assessment, treatment and understanding of sleep for those affected by a quadriplegic injury.
The prescription and use of oxygen, for a variety of respiratory disorders.
Sponsored Clinical Trials
In addition to research that is initiated by a researcher, IBAS conducts research on behalf of pharmaceutical or equipment companies who are seeking to test newer medications or other treatments for sleep or respiratory conditions.
Participating in Research
Much of IBAS’ research relies on participants who volunteer their time to be involved in research. IBAS is often looking for people who people who have respiratory or sleep conditions, as well as healthy people, to be involved in research. If you are interested in finding out more, please see our Participating in Research page, which includes frequently asked questions and details of projects that are currently seeking participants.
Researchers at Austin Health are looking for volunteers to participate in a study exploring the impact shift work has on breast milk composition. Participants will be compensated with a $100 gift voucher.
Interstitial lung disease (ILD) is a chronic lung condition that causes stiff lungs and restricts sufferers from taking a deep breath. Exercise in a gym, or swimming, walking or riding a bike, can help...
Interested to participate in a study investigating the effect of fatigue on driving performance?
The benefits of quality sleep and to acknowledge the issue of sleep problems and their medical, educational, and social aspects as well as the prevention and management of sleep disorders, is promoted on World Sleep Day on the 17th March 2023.
The Australian's Research magazine names the top researcher and top research institution in each field of research, based on the number of citations for papers published in the top 20 journals in each field over the past five years.
Congratulations Anne Holland for winning the ERS Mid-Career Gold Medal for Allied Health Professionals in recognition of her potential for further outstanding research within a field of the allied health professions. Well Done Anne!
Congratulations to the following IBAS staff members who have been successful in obtaining research funding from the Austin Medical Research Foundation (AMRF) for 2022.