About Professor Ron Grunstein

Professor Grunstein has numerous research interests that include therapies for sleep disorders and metabolic-endocrine interactions in sleep medicine.

Professor Ron Grunstein is head of the Sleep Investigation Unit at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and the Sleep and Circadian Research Group at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research.

Professor Grunstein is a consultant physician with over 20 years of experience in sleep research and was the first staff specialist appointed to a full time position in sleep medicine in Australia (1988). He now heads an internationally recognized clinical sleep research team at the Woolcock Institute that has grown rapidly under his leadership. He has had a longstanding interest in the health consequences of sleep apnea and sleep disorders.

Professor Grunstein has published over 140 peer reviewed articles and 34 book chapters in sleep medicine including chapters on CPAP and Endocrine Disorders and Sleep for the past 5 editions of the main text book in the field, Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine. He has been recognized for his work on the links between obesity, endocrine and metabolic disorders and sleep apnea, and for translating early research at the University of Sydney and RPAH on CPAP treatment into the gold standard therapy for sleep apnea. In addition, he has had a major role in professional development of sleep medicine as a clinical discipline including developing formal training programs within the RACP, co-founding the Australasian Sleep Association, developing education in sleep medicine in the Asia-Pacific area and more recently, as the first Australian President of the World Federation of Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine Societies (World Sleep Federation, WFS).

Professor Grunstein has been an NHMRC Practitioner Fellow since 2002 and was promoted to a Level 2 appointment in 2007.   In 2005, he became the founding chief investigator of the NHMRC Centre of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine (CCRE funding 2004-2009) at RPAH and the University of Sydney, and the Australasian Sleep Trials Network (NHMRC enabling grant). He is also chief investigator of the Centre for Integrated Research and Understanding of Sleep, a NHMRC-supported centre of clinical research excellence in interdisciplinary sleep health (2009 – 2013). In May 2008, his team moved into a purpose built sleep clinical research centre funded by the University of Sydney, Federal and NSW Governments.

Selected publications

For a comprehensive list of Professor Grunstein's publicatons, please visit his Sydney Medical School profile page.