Andrew Vakulin, PhD

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Department of Physiology
Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, Australia

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Dr. Andrew Vakulin has a research interest in the impact of central nervous system stressors such as sleep loss, alcohol and sleep apnea on neurobehavioral and neurophysiological function particularly in relation to driving performance. He has completed his honors degree through the physiology department at the University of Adelaide in 2005 and was based at the Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health (AISH) investigating the separate and combined effects of sleep loss and alcohol on driving performance in healthy young males. In 2006 Andrew continued working at AISH and began his PhD studies examining the impact of additional sleep loss and alcohol on driving performance and cortical function in a clinical group of sleep apnea patients. During his PhD studies, Andrew has published his research finding in high impact international journals such as Sleep and Annals of Internal Medicine and was a recipient of the competitive New Investigator Award and Helen Bearpark Memorial Travel Award from the Australasian Sleep Association. After completing his PhD in 2011, Dr Vakulin was a recipient of the competitive National Health & Medical Research Council of Australia (NH&MRC) Early Career Fellowship to undertake post-doctoral work starting 2012. He has recently joined the NH&MRC Centre for Integrated Research and Understanding of Sleep (CIRUS) group at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research in Sydney to investigate potential brain and genetic biomarkers that may help to explain the inter-individual variability in neurobehavioral function in sleep apnea patients to better identify individual patients at an increased risk of sleepiness related performance failure.

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Dr. Andrew Vakulin's research interests include: Neurology, Sleep.

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