A novel targetted stimulation therapy for obstructive sleep apnoea

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This project aims to develop and optimise a targeted stimulation system for alleviating obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), a major health issue impacting more than 9% of Australian adults. The PhD project involves developing methods to target specific upper airway muscle regions for stimulation to maintain airway patency in OSA. This approach will form the basis for personalised stimulation therapy for OSA. Development and testing of methods to identify regions of pharyngeal collapse using imaging, and to direct stimulation to these regions are the main focus of this PhD project.

This project requires a student with:

- Undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering or other engineering discipline with background in biomechanics &/or imaging.

- Familiarity or experience with medical imaging, especially MRI, or demonstrated capacity to rapidly acquire these skills

- Interest in, or experience with, medical device development

- Interest in sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnoea

- Ability to work in a magnetic resonance imaging environment (i.e. no implants or other medical conditions that would preclude working with MRI).


Supervisory team

Neuroscience Research Australia and POWCS

Biomedical Engineering

Neuroscience Research Australia and SOMS