Dr. Sarah Appleton
Sarah’s research has aimed to identify clinical phenotypes of people at risk of poor health outcomes in order to inform evidenced based policy for the improved delivery of health services and prevention of chronic disease.
Since 2012, she has made contributions to identifying the burden of poor sleep and undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in men and its relationship with chronic disease outcomes life in the Men Androgens Inflammation Lifestyle Environment and Stress (MAILES) study as the most productive epidemiologist investigating the co-morbidities of OSA in Australia.
Given the size of the population at risk of OSA related health problems that her work has identified, current research projects aim to better identify who actually is at risk and require treatment. This will involve the investigation of whether electrophysiological signals (EEG and ECG) on sleep studies improves risk stratification. Her partners include collaborators at The University of Adelaide based at SAHMRI, the Woolcock Institute at Sydney University and the Institut de Recerca Biomèdica de Lleida (IRBLleida) in Spain.
Her major goal will be the acquisition of research funds to investigate impacts of OSA in women who are far less likely to be diagnosed with OSA than men and to date are vastly under-represented in OSA research studies despite recent findings suggesting a quarter of women may be affected by OSA.