Emma Thomas

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Research Biography

Emma Thomas is a PhD Candidate at the Flinders Health and Medical Research Institute - Sleep Health and Associate Lecturer (Teaching Specialist) within the College of Medicine and Public Health. Her primary research interests include understanding the physiology of sleep disorders and investigating novel interventions to expand treatment options, particularly for obstructive sleep apnoea. Her research themes include include precision medicine, detailed upper airway physiology, novel pharmacotherapies, and innovative technologies for improving upper airway function. Emma is currently working with industry on the development of the first pharmacotherapy for obstructive sleep apnoea, which aims to expand treatment options and improve health outcomes. Her work employs various detailed physiology methods, prediction models, and precision-medicine techniqies to investigate the underlying physiological cause of an individuals sleep disordered breathing. This work represents a key step towards a new treatment paradigm for OSA, and will support the development of personalised treatment options and improved health outcomes.

Research Interests

  • Sleep Disordered Breathing
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
  • Upper Airway Physiology (i.e., pharyngeal dilator muscle function)
  • Precision Medicine
  • Novel Pharmacotherapies
  • Clinical Trials
  • Novel Health Tracking Technologies

Research Expertise

  • Obstructive sleep apnoea
  • Upper airway physiology
  • Precision medicine in novel pharmacotherapeutics
  • Clinical trials

Team Members

FHMRI Sleep Health Team - 2023