Dr Scott Sands
2012 NHMRC/RG Menzies Fellowship
Dr Scott Sands will undertake his CJ Martin/RG Menzies Overseas Biomedical Fellowship at Harvard Medical School and later at The Alfred in Melbourne. Scott is investigating whether obstructive sleep apnea – which is extremely common in patients with heart failure – is primarily a breathing control disorder rather than anatomical disorder in this patient group.
Scott is concurrently investigating approaches to treat those patients with a primary control disorder using a combination of non-invasive therapies to reduce each component in the pathway to control instability. Patients will be selected for successful treatment using novel techniques to assess breathing control using routine clinical signals. Ultimately the goal is to provide new insights into the mechanisms underlying sleep apnea in this vulnerable population, and provide alternative treatment options beyond those that require a mask to be worn at night.