Upcoming Events

Wednesday 30 August 2022, time TBC, we will be hosting a GP seminar titled ‘Sleep and the Ageing Brain – Applying the Evidence’. More details to come!


Save the date! CogSleep is excited to announce that this year we will be hosting our annual symposium in-person on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd September, 2022. The event will be held in Sydney, with networking events, CogSleep Academy catch-ups and an exciting program featuring leading national and international researchers in Dr Elizabeth Coulthard (University of Bristol), Dr Jeffrey Iliff (University of Washington) and A/Prof Andrew Varga (Mount Sinai Integrative Sleep Centre). We will also be hearing about the range of incredible work being conducted across the CogSleep network from researchers at all career stages, including Prof Glenda Halliday (USyd), Dr Ben Sinclair (Monash University), Dr Melissa Ree (UWA), A/Prof Clare Anderson (Monash University), Dr Stephanie Ward (UNSW) and more! CogSleep Students and Early Career Researchers will have the opportunity to apply for travel awards (more details to come!) and we aim to get as many people together in Sydney as possible. The event will be offered as a hybrid event, so that those who are unable to attend in-person may join virtually. If you have ideas or suggestions for the program, please contact Julia Chapman, julia.chapman@sydney.edu.au, Chair of the Symposium 2022 Organising Committee. (Committee members: A/Prof Christopher Gordon, Dr Camilla Hoyos, Rebecca Kerestes, Dr Shawn Kong, Alessandra Lee, Dr Elie Matar, Dr Jade Murray, Prof Sharon Naismith, and A/Prof Matthew Pase).


8-11 November 2022, the Sleep DownUnder 2022 hybrid conference will be held in Brisbane, Australia. The conference will feature two amazing international keynote speakers in Michael Perlis and Jean-Louis Pepin, along with the latest research and insights from across the sleep spectrum. For more information, please visit their website, here.

2022 Events, Media and Talks

March 2022, Prof Ron Grunstein spoke at the Idiopathic Hypersomnia and Narcolepsy Education Day in Brisbane and was made a Fellow of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand in March 2022. This award recognises those members with sustained and exceptional expertise and experience in respiratory/sleep medicine and/or research and/or respiratory health service provision and acknowledges Professor Grunstein’s major contribution and commitment to advancing respiratory/sleep health in Australia and New Zealand.


March 2022, Prof Sharon Naismith presented to the Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry in Victoria on ‘sleep in mood and neurodegenerative disease’. She also presented at the Australasian Sleep Association Network of Early Career Sleep Researchers in Training (NEST) webinar titled ‘climbing the sleep ladder: how to become a future leader in research’.


29 April 2022, the 2022 annual Sydney Dementia Network Symposium was chaired by our own Prof Sharon Naismith. Prof Glenda Halliday featured as the opening keynote speaker and presented on ‘the common but overlooked vascular and TDP-43 pathologies in dementia – why should we care’. Dr Loren Mowszowski delivered the EMCR keynote presentation and spoke on “cognitive interventions for healthy brain ageing: pulling and pushing to close the research-to-practice gap”.


April 2022, the Brain and Mind Centre hosted a visit from F1 legend Sir Jackie Stewart. On his way to the Melbourne Grand Prix, he dropped in with Dementia Australia to meet Dr Andrew McKinnon, who holds the Sir Jackie Stewart Race Against Dementia Fellowship, working with the Healthy Brain Ageing Clinic to examine how sleep contributes to the build-up of amyloid and tau in the brain. Andrew is working in collaboration with our CogSleep collaborators A/Prof Stephanie Rainey Smith in WA, as well as with researchers in Newcastle and Brisbane. He has recently commenced a secondment to the CSIRO in Brisbane to develop his expertise in data science and machine learning approaches for application to actigraphy and neuroimaging data.


Prof Sharon Naismith chaired the Prevention Stream of the Australian Dementia Research Forum. Dr Angela D’Rozario spoke on sleep and dementia bidirectionality and Prof Ralph Martins spoke about the plans for the AU-ARROW trial, of which there will be a sleep sub-study.


Dr Camilla Hoyos travelled to San Francisco to present at the American Thoracic Society on the outcomes of their trial examining the effects of CPAP on memory and other cognitive functions for people with MCI. Many CogSleep members were involved in this trial, which has been integral in informing the ReShaped multisite NHMRC trial.

25 March 2022, Prof Sharon Naismith spoke to 2GB about music and neuroplasticity.

6 April 2022, Prof Sharon Naismith spoke on 2SER Community Radio about the benefits of music for preventing dementia.

12 April 2022, Dr Angela D’Rozario featured on The House of Wellness in a segment titled ‘Waking up tired? Why sleep apnea might be to blame’. To find out more click here.

24 February 2022, Dr Angela D’Rozario spoke to The Limbic to discuss how ‘CPAP reverses OSA impacts on the brain’. Find out more here.

15 February 2022, Dr Angela D’Rozario featured on ABC News Breakfast, ABC Mornings, ABC News at Noon, ABC Online, MSN, District Bulletin ABC Radio and 2GB to discuss her “Australian study uncovering what happens in the brains of people with sleep apnoea”. To find out more click here.

2021 Events, Media and Talks

We had so many fantastic events throughout 2021.

20 July 2021, Prof Ron Grunstein spoke at the Australia and New Zealand Obesity Society Conference on “Losing sleep over obesity – Can we fix the problem?”

31 July 2021, Dr Lachlan Stranks (Clinical CogSleep Research Fellow) spoke at the ASA Hypersomnolence Masterclass alongside colleagues Dr Sheila Sivam and A/Prof Brendon Yee.

26 August 2021, Prof Sharon Naismith and Prof Simon Lewis presented at the Australian Dementia Network (ADNeT) Sleep Webinar on sleep in Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia with Lewy Bodies.

Prof Sharon Naismith appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald (26th January 2021), in an article that addressed how an afternoon nap could boost your mental agility. See the article here. She also spoke to Channel 7 news about the WhiteHall study (21st April 2021) which showed that short sleep duration increases the risk for dementia. She appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald (16th May 2021), in an article that addressed how poor sleep increases the risk of cognitive decline and dementia. See the article here. Sharon also made numerous appearances on various radio shows this year to discuss sleep and dementia including Hope Radio Sydney (17th May 2021), 2GB radio with John Stanley (27th January 2021) and ABC Drive with Richard Glover (27th January 2021).


A/Prof Chris Gordon appeared on ABC radio (18th March 2021) at the start of Sleep Awareness Week to discuss insomnia and the importance of getting a good night’s sleep. Listen to the full interview here. He also appeared on Channel 9 News, Sunday Morning and regional stations (18-19 September 2021) to discuss how an innovative smartphone app, SleepFix, designed to treat insomnia is even more effective when connected to a wearable sleep-tracking device like a FitBit. He was was interviewed on ABC Radio (14-19 September 2021) to discuss all things sleep – and particularly the impact that lockdown is having on people’s sleep.


Prof Simon Lewis appeared on Insight on SBS (13th April 2021) to discuss the ‘strange things people do while they’re asleep’. See the episode here.


Dr Camilla Hoyos featured on Channel 9 (6th June 2021) to discuss the use of melatonin for people at risk of dementia.


Prof Ron Grunstein featured on Channel 7 (2nd June 2021) to discuss the availability of over-the-counter melatonin for Australians aged over 55. See the article here. He also appeared on Channel 9 News to discuss the possibility of melatonin becoming available over the counter. See the interview here. He was interviewed on The Medical Republic to discuss “Chronic insomnia – what to do when everything fails”. See the article here.

We recently held our third annual CogSleep CRE conference, held across two half days on Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th September 2021, via Zoom Webinar.

We had an exciting program which including international keynotes from Assistant Prof Yue Leng from University of California, San Francisco and Associate Prof Brendan Lucey from Washington University. We will also be hearing about the range of incredible work being conducted across the CogSleep network from researchers at all career stages as well as from other national experts in the field of sleep, ageing and neurodegeneration. This includes Prof Anna King (UTAS), Prof Elizabeth Coulson (UQ), Prof Meng Law (Monash), A/Prof Laura Jacobson (Florey), A/Prof Mathew Pase (Monash), Dr Melinda Jackson (Monash), Dr Melissa Farnham (HRI) and more. The program will feature dedicated sessions on neurobiology and biomarkers, treatment targets, and the links between sleep and cardiovascular disease.

Building on last year’s success, our symposium also featured two sessions from ECRs and students of the thriving CogSleep Academy. Prizes were awarded to our CogSleep Academy presenters.

A full program from the conference can be downloaded here.

A video recording of the conference will be available soon!