Our successes have been rewarded with further NHMRC support to establish the Centre for Integrated Research and Understanding of Sleep (CIRUS) in 2009. CIRUS is a Centre of Clinical Research Excellence in Interdisciplinary Sleep Health whose aim is to investigate the biology of sleep, and to prevent and to treat disorders of sleep through a uniquely interdisciplinary approach. CIRUS supports world-class interventional sleep health research aimed to inform clinical practice and alter health policy. Our goal is to foster the next generation of sleep researchers and create research leaders. Please visit our website at www.cirus.org.au
Our Centre for Clinical Research Excellence in Respiratory and Sleep Medicine was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) – Centre of Clinical Excellence scheme for a period of 5 years from 2004 - 2009. During that time our research achievements have made an important impact on the respiratory and sleep health of Australians. Translation of our work has contributed to improved diagnostics, development of novel treatment strategies, a clearer understanding of disease pathways, and advanced recommendations for ongoing management of disease. As a result of our research, CCRE investigators have participated and contributed to the development of health policy directives and consensus recommendations, and evidence-based guidelines for the treatment and management of respiratory and sleep disorders. Further, our commitment to training and mentorship of clinical researchers has established a new generation of skilled respiratory and sleep researchers for the field.
The Government’s intent of the Centres of Clinical Research Excellence program is to recognise and reward successful clinical researchers, and expand their ability to produce high quality research, provide high quality clinical research training and translate their research funding into improved health outcomes.
The CCRE program aims to:
- support clinical (human) research with potential to lead to improved health outcomes for the community;
- foster training of clinical researchers, particularly those with a capacity for independent research and future leadership roles; and
- ensure effective translation of research outcomes into clinical practice.
Aims of our CCRE
To support clinical research with potential to improve the health outcomes for patients with airway diseases and sleep disorders by developing, evaluating and promoting effective disease management strategies.
To foster training of clinical researchers
To ensure effective translation of research findings into improved clinical practice
To encourage links between hospital-based researchers