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.
Respiratory research focuses on conditions including asthma, bronchiectasis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung cancer and the treatment of dyspnoea caused by a range of conditions. View current respiratory projects.
Sleep research focuses on circadian rhythm disturbances (including shiftwork), insomnia and obstructive sleep apnoea.View current sleep projects.
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.
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.
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Members of the DRSM and IBAS were well-represented in the medals and prizes awarded by the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) and the Australian and New Zealand Society of Respiratory Science (ANZSRS).
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