CogSleep, the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence to Optimise Sleep in Brain Ageing and Neurodegeneration investigates the bidirectional relationship between the disturbances of the sleep or circadian (sleep-wake) systems and brain degeneration. The CRE provides outstanding academic training, clinical infrastructure, expertise and platforms to investigate new biomarkers, technology and novel clinical trials to examine all major forms of dementia and major sleep disorders affecting older people.

The aims of the CRE are to:

  1. Investigate new biomarkers of sleep-wake disturbance that predict and monitor cognitive decline and accelerated disease progression;
  2. Undertake novel clinical trials for sleep-wake disturbance in ageing and neurodegeneration;
  3. Utilise new technology and data science approaches for real-time, ongoing surveillance of symptoms, triage and e-health interventions;
  4. Provide a fertile academic training ground for cross-disciplinary clinician-researchers to develop national capacity in this field and to establish best practice for management.

We bring together a world class cross-disciplinary team of researchers in the fields of ageing, dementia, chronobiology, sleep and neuroimaging. Our collaboration will enable us to examine all major forms of dementia and sleep disorders affecting older people and translate these findings into health practice.