2013 NHMRC Menzies Fellow
Scholarship biography (at time of award)
Dr Scott Sands will undertake his NHMRC/RG Menzies Fellowship at Harvard Medical School and later at The Alfred in Melbourne. Dr Sands 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.
Dr Sands 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.
Studied at: The Alfred Hospital; Harvard Medical School
I am an Instructor in Medicine working within the Sleep Disorders Research Program at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. My primary research goal is to identify the mechanisms contributing to sleep apnea, with a focus on developing new ways to measure these in the clinic to guide therapeutic intervention.
Scholarship Year: 2013
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