Sleep Group

The Regional Sleep Service is a large research active sleep centre fully integrated with respiratory medicine. Dr Kirstie Anderson (Consultant Neurologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer) runs the neurological sleep service and Dr Sophie West coordinates the respiratory service with dedicated in patient polysomnography beds, video telemetry and a range of out patient investigations including domiciliary polysomnography and actigraphy. In total there are four consultants, two specialist nurses and six clinical physiologists within the service seeing more than 2000 new patients a year.

Current research projects are recruiting patients for studies into narcolepsy, nonREM parasomnias, sleep disturbance in bipolar and parkinson’s disease and also looking for normal controls. A large cohort study (ASCRIBE) looking to understand the sleep disturbance seen in chronic mental health problems has been running since 2012 and there are strong collaborative links between Academic Psychiatry, The Institute of Neuroscience and the Centre for Ageing Research Unit as well as the MOVElab. Two full time doctoral students, one undergraduate medical student and a postdoctoral computer scientist work within the current sleep research projects.

Principle Investigators

Kirstie Anderson runs the neurological sleep service and has research interests in hypersomnia, insomnia and parasomnias. She lectures extensively on sleep disorders. In 2012 she co-presented Goodnight Britain and helped establish an online insomnia course, “sleep station“.

Jason Ellis is Director of The Northumbria Centre for Sleep Research (NCSR), a state of the art research centre looking at both physiological aspects of sleep, as well as working closely with clinical staff on sleep disorders. He is internationally renowned for his work on insomnia.┬áIn 2012 he co-presented Goodnight Britain“.

Some sleep resources are available here.

Return to Meet the Teams