BSS Colin Sullivan Sleep Research Award

The BSS Colin Sullivan Sleep Research Award has been made possible by the generosity of Professor Colin Sullivan, Professor of Medicine, University of Sydney, Australia.

Prof Sullivan is known for the invention of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure therapy that revolutionised the treatment of sleep apnoea. His seminal paper (Lancet (1981) 317:862-65) has been cited over 2,000 times and the relief CPAP has brought to millions of patients is immeasurable.

Successfully translating scientific research into effective clinical treatments, Colin and colleagues developed the thriving commercial enterprise of ResMed. His latest work is on the link between sleep-disordered breathing and hypertension in pregnancy, and on the recognition of sleep disordered breathing in infants and children.

Prof Sullivan’s connections with the UK go back to his respiratory training, and we were delighted to welcome him and his wife Janette to the BSS 25th Anniversary celebrations in Edinburgh. We are now in the privileged position of strengthen our links with Prof Sullivan by setting up this award.

What is the purpose of the BSS Colin Sullivan Sleep Research Award?

The purpose of the award is to facilitate sleep research in the UK. The funds may be used develop skills in basic or clinical sleep research, to buy out time to submit funding applications, or collect pilot data. NB: The award is not intended to allow individuals to travel to conferences.

The applicant must be a current member of the BSS. The maximum amount awarded for each scholarship will be £1,000. The award will be made every 2 years at the scientific meeting. The successful applicant will provide a report on completion of the award at the subsequent scientific meeting, and in the BSS Newsletter.

The award is intended for individuals who are not yet fully established in a sleep research career. However, there is no restriction on the duration of practice following qualification. The applicant should not have received other substantial sources of funding for their proposal. However, supplemental support from other sources to meet the essential costs is allowed.

The Winner of the BSS Collin Sullivan Sleep Research award 2015 is

Dr Hui-Leng Tan, Imperial College London


2015 Winner


The Colin Sullivan Sleep Research award 2015 was won by Dr Hui-Leng Tan which was presented by De Terri E Weaver, at Newcastle Sleep 2015