As Seen on ABC Catalyst

This week on Catalyst: Sleep Matters. See our researchers on the ABC, Tuesday 27th Feb, 8:30pm. Click here to watch the story.


Participate in research

The Woolcock Institute of Medical Research is currently recruiting volunteers for our sleep and memory research. If you would you like to have a cognitive assessment and take part in an overnight sleep study to help us better understand the impact of sleep on brain functioning, please contact the study coordinator.

Click here to find out more about this research study. 


About sleep, ageing and memory

It is increasingly recognised that various disturbances of the sleep or circadian (sleep-wake) systems are linked to brain degeneration in ageing, with recent research suggesting these relationships are likely to be bidirectional. With our collaborators at the Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney we are conducting a number of research studies examining the relationship between sleep, cognitive functions and neurodegeneration.

Sleep is important for learning and memory processes and disrupted sleep may underlie changes in cognitive functions that occur with older age including memory impairment. Our high-density electroencephalography (EEG) facility housed at the NeuroSleep NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence at the Woolcock Institute, allows our team to use novel approaches to examine the neurophysiology of sleep. 

High-density EEG is a non-invasive technique that uses a special sensor net worn on the head to record detailed brain activity during sleep and wakefulness from 256 electrode sites. Using this innovative technology we can examine brain waves during sleep to better understand the impact of sleep disturbance on cognition and sleep-dependent memory processes, and evaluate novel treatments for boosting sleep and enhancing cognition.