1983 …2021
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Personal profile

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 is one of four Deputy Directors of Hudson Institute’s Ritchie Centre, where she heads the Infant and Child Health theme.

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 170 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.

Education/Academic qualification


Classics and archiology, BLitt, The University of Melbourne


Zoology, MSc, Massey University

Physiology and Zoology, BSc, Massey University


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

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Projects 2000 2021

Research Output 1983 2019

Assessing ventilatory control stability in children with and without an elevated central apnoea index

Harman, K., Weichard, A. J., Davey, M. J., Horne, R. S. C., Nixon, G. M. & Edwards, B. A., 30 May 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Respirology. 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Cardiovascular Autonomic Control Is Altered in Children Born Preterm with Sleep Disordered Breathing

Thomas, B., Thillainathan, K., Delahunty, M., Weichard, A., Davey, M. J., Nixon, G. M., Walter, L. M. & Horne, R. S. C., Mar 2019, In : Journal of Pediatrics. 206, p. 83-90

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Effects of Prone Sleeping on Cerebral Oxygenation in Preterm Infants

Shepherd, K. L., Yiallourou, S. R., Odoi, A., Brew, N., Yeomans, E., Willis, S., Horne, R. S. C. & Wong, F. Y., Jan 2019, In : Journal of Pediatrics. 204, p. 103-110.e1 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Pollen levels on the day of polysomnography influence sleep disordered breathing severity in children with allergic rhinitis

Walter, L. M., Tamanyan, K., Nisbet, L., Weichard, A. J., Davey, M. J., Nixon, G. M. & Horne, R. S. C., Jun 2019, In : Sleep and Breathing. 23, 2, p. 651–657 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Reply to Rana's comment on sleep and sleep disordered breathing in children with Down syndrome

Horne, R. SC., Wijayaratne, P., Nixon, G. M. & Walter, L. M., 1 Jun 2019, In : Sleep Medicine Reviews. 45, 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetterOtherpeer-review