Professor Peter Cistulli

Medicine, Northern Clinical School
Woolcock Institute of Medical Research

E25 - Royal North Shore Hospital
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

T: +61 2 94632934
F: +61 2 94632099

Research interests

His research has focussed on sleep-disordered breathing. He has developed an interdsiciplinary clinical research programme, spanning the study of the causes, consequences, diagnosis and management of sleep-disordered breathing. A focus has been on the interface between upper airway anatomy and physiology, and orofacial biology. This research programme has been evaluating the relationships between craniofacial and upper airway morphology and their interaction with obesity to promote breathing impairment during sleep, the genetic underpinnings of these relationships, and their diagnostic and therapeutic implications. Another theme is the impact of sleep disordered breathing on chronic diseases such as chronic respiratory disorders, cardiovascular disease, diabtetes, and quadriplegia. A feature of the work has been the conduct of rigorous clinical trials evaluating the health outcomes of novel therapies (such as oral appliances) in the management of sleep-disordered breathing. Other research interests include the role of new technologies as enablers of simplfied models of care for diagnosis and long-term monitoring of patients with sleep-disordered breathing.

Teaching areas

Postgraduate courses in Sleep Medicine

Current national competitive grants*


NeuroSLEEP: the Centre for Translational Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology
Grunstein R, Wilson Rajaratnam S, Naismith S, Eckert D, Lewis S, Glozier N, Cistulli P, Wong K, Marshall N, Robinson P
NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence ($2,496,739 over 5 years)


Multimodel phenotyping to predict oral appliance treatment outcome in obstructive sleep apnoea
Cistulli P, Darendeliler M, Chan A, Sutherland K
NHMRC Project Grants ($507,963 over 3 years)


CCRE in Interdisciplinary Sleep Health
Grunstein R, Anderson C, Liu P, Cistulli P, Glozier N, Armour C, Robinson P, Marks G
National Health and Medical Research Council Centre of Clinical Research Excellence ($2,500,000 over 6 years)

* Grants administered through the University of Sydney

International links

Hong Kong S.A.R.. (Chinese University of Hong Kong) Ethnic and gender differences in craniofacial phenotype in obstructive sleep apnoea.
Iceland. (University of Iceland) Craniofacial phenotyping in obstructive sleep apnoea.
United States. (University of Pennsylvania) Sleep Apnea Genetics International Consortium (SAGIC).
Canada. (University of British Columbia) Oral Appliance Research Network (ORANGE).