• 264 Ferntree Gully Road, Ground floor

    3164 Notting Hill


  • 264 Ferntree Gully Road, Building 1

    3164 Notting Hill


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PhD projects

Understanding the causes of sleep apnoea and using this information to personalise treatment to the individual


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Dr. Edwards completed his PhD in respiratory physiology at Monash University in 2009. During this time he acquired considerable expertise in the area of respiratory control, with a particular focus on the understanding the mechanisms responsible for unstable breathing in newborn infants. During his PhD, he also held a part-time Medical Scientist position at the Monash Sleep Centre where he became skilled in performing clinical assessments and overnight monitoring of individuals with sleep disorders.

Following his PhD, Dr. Edwards was awarded two successive fellowship (2010-11; Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand Allen and Hanburys Respiratory Research Fellowship, 2012-16; NHMRC CJ Martin Fellowship) to pursue post-doctoral studies at Harvard Medical School (Boston, USA) focused on understanding the pathogenesis of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). During his postdoctoral studies at Harvard, he assisted in the development of the technique to 'phenotype' the underlying causes of OSA and has also been the project leader on several studies that have tested novel therapies targeting these individual phenotypic traits as a potential treatment alternatives, work which saw him promoted to Faculty in 2012.

Dr. Edwards returned to Monash University in 2015 as a Senior Research Fellow where he now leads the Sleep Disorders Research Program.


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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

External positions

Honourary Fellow, Monash Health

2015 → …

Associate Physiologist, Brigham and Women's Hospital Inc

2012 → …

Instructor in Medicine , Harvard Medical School


Research Fellow, Brigham and Women's Hospital Inc


Sleep technician, Monash Health


Research area keywords

  • Sleep apnoea pathogenesis
  • respiratory control
  • loop gain
  • phenotyping
  • personalised therapy

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