Rosemary Horne


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cardiovascular and daytime consequences of sleep disordered breathing in children; development of cardiovascular control in preterm infants

1983 …2023

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Research interests

Paediatric sleep problems including the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and sleep disordered breathing

Preterm infants

Supervision interests

honours, masters and PhD students


Professor Rosemary Horne holds a NHMRC Leadership Fellowship (2021-2025) and heads the Infant and Child Health theme within the Ritchie Centre, Departments of Paediatrics, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Hudson Institute of Medical Research.

Her research interests focus on sleep in infants and children and current research projects are investigating mechanisms involved in the Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI), development of cardio-respiratory control in preterm infants and the effects of sleep disordered breathing on daytime performance and the cardiovascular system in children. She has received funding from the NHMRC, the Heart Foundation and both national and international SUDI organisations to support her research. Professor Horne’s findings have had clinical impact, with her study outcomes changing treatment approaches for sleep-disordered breathing in children, as well as advice provided to parents to reduce their baby’s risk of SIDS.

Professor Horne has an international reputation in her field and is the Chair of the Physiology working group of the International Society for the Prevention of Infant Death. She is a Director of the International Paediatric Sleep Association and is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Sleep Research, Sleep, and Sleep Medicine.

She has published more than 200 research and review scientific articles and has been an invited speaker at a number of national and international sleep and SUDI research conferences. She has supervised 16 PhD students and 40 honours and masters students to completion.

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

Education/Academic qualification

Physiology, DSc, Physiological studies during sleep, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Award Date: 8 Dec 2017

Classics and archiology, BLitt, University of Melbourne

Award Date: 3 Dec 1999

Physiology, PhD, Arousal responses in newborn lambs, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Award Date: 8 Dec 1989

Zoology, MSc, The diet of hares in Tongariro National Park, Massey University

Award Date: 8 Dec 1989

Physiology and Zoology, BSc, Massey University

Award Date: 10 Dec 1986

Research area keywords

  • Paediatric Sleep
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
  • Paediatrics
  • Premature babies
  • Sleep and sleep disorders
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

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