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Danny Eckert

Danny Eckert

Danny Eckert, PhD
School of Medical Sciences
University of New South Wales, Australia

 

Biography

Dr. Danny Eckert has been actively involved in human sleep and respiratory physiology research since 2001. In 2006, he completed his PhD at the University of Adelaide, based at the Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health, investigating the effects of low oxygen levels on protective respiratory reflexes and sensory processing in humans during wakefulness and sleep. Dr. Eckert was subsequently awarded the Australasian Sleep Association Helen Bearpark Memorial Scholarship and the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand Allen and Hanburys Respiratory Research Fellowship, followed by a NHMRC overseas Biomedical Fellowship to pursue postdoctoral studies. After three years of postdoctoral training at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, he was promoted to Faculty; first to Instructor in Medicine in 2009, and subsequently to Assistant Professor in 2011. After a highly productive five and a half years in the United States, Danny has returned to Australia to continue his sleep and respiratory physiology research at NeuRA.

Research Interest

Dr Eckert is a sleep and respiratory physiologist. His research based at Neuroscience Research Australia investigates various aspects of sleep and upper airway physiology in humans. One of the primary goals is to investigate the multiple pathogenic causes of a common sleep-related breathing disorder, obstructive sleep apnoea, with a view towards developing novel, targeted therapeutic approaches for individual patients. A variety of neurophysiological techniques to study human upper airway muscle activity, function, and airway mechanics during wakefulness and sleep are utilised as part of a comprehensive basic sciences and translational sleep research program. The focus of current NHMRC funded projects is to assess the role of a variety of pharmacological agents on upper airway physiology and sleep-disordered breathing in humans.

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