Congratulations to MDRI PhD student Laura Gell, jointly winning the Young Investigator Award at 2017 Adelaide Sleep Retreat earlier this month for her presentation on ‘The relationship between low drive and airway re-obstruction in the post-arousal recovery period in OSA’.
Laura has had a busy month, also selected to participate in the annual Fresh Science competition in Adelaide (7-8 Nov). Fresh Science is a national competition helping early-career researchers find, and then share, their stories of discovery. Over two day’s Laura received coaching and media training, followed by the opportunity to present her research in a fun, informal way at a ‘Science in the Pub’ night.
Laura also recently participated in the Present Around the World competition together with fellow MDRI PhD student and winner Dhara Amin.
As part of her PhD, Laura is studying breathing and muscle activity around airway collapse and reopening in order to identify key changes in upper airway muscle activity that can help to stabilise breathing.
More than a million Australians suffer from sleep apnoea, repeatedly stopping breathing during sleep.
“Understanding these mechanisms is vital in creating new, desperately needed treatment options for obstructive sleep apnoea,” she says.