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Dr Sarah L Appleton

Dr Sarah L Appleton

Flinders Health and Medical Research Institute (Sleep Health), College of Medicine and Public Health, Flinders University, Adelaide, SA, Australia

Dr. Sarah Appleton, BSc (Hons), PhD, is a chronic disease epidemiologist and Senior Research fellow at AISH at Flinders University, South Australia. Prior to this she was working in The Health Observatory, Adelaide Medical School, The University of Adelaide. She completed her PhD there in 2010 after working across a broad range of laboratory-based basic science and clinical research areas. She is a Chief Investigator for the North West Adelaide Health Study (NWAHS), a biomedical cohort study established in 2000-01. Since 2012, she has made contributions to identifying the burden of undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea in men and its relationship with chronic disease outcomes life in the Men Androgens Inflammation Lifestyle Environment and Stress (MAILES) study. She coordinated the follow-up of the MAILES study cohort in 2018-19 including a repeat full-in home sleep studies and assessments of cardiometabolic factors and cognition. Her work has led to over 100 original publications in chronic disease and sleep epidemiology.

Sarah's research has aimed to identify clinical phenotypes of people at risk of poor health outcomes in order to inform evidenced based policy for the improved delivery of health services and prevention of chronic disease. She has a particular interest in the role of gender in the diagnosis and management of sleep disorders, particularly sleep apnea.

Updated 28 November 2023