Farrell Historical Landmarks

Dr. Peter Farrell, ResMed Founder and Chairman, identifies key research findings that are shaping the field of sleep medicine today.

Dr. Peter C. Farrell PhD, DSc, AM is a graduate of the University of Sydney, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Washington, Seattle, and the University of New South Wales. More about Peter.

Historical landmarks

  • Foundation of a sleep disorders clinic at Stanford University with recognition of sleep apnoea syndromes as a medical disorder

    Guilleminault C, Tilkian A, and Dement W. The sleep apnea syndromes. Annual Reviews 1976 465-484

Diagnosis

Screening by questionnaire

Home Diagnosis

All-cause mortality

Cardiovascular disease

General

  • On the use of CPAP versus oxygen supplementation in the management of patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)
    • Gottlieb DJ, Punjabi NM, Mehra R, Patel SR, Quan SF, M.D., Babineau DC, Tracy RP, Rueschman M, Blumenthal RS, Eldrin F. Lewis EF, Bhatt DL, Redline S. CPAP versus Oxygen in Obstructive Sleep Apnea. N Engl J Med 2014; 370:2276–2285 June 12, 2014
  • CPAP therapy can reverse systolic and diastolic abnormalities in OSA sufferers as early as 3 months into therapy
    • Colish J, Walker J, Elmayergi N, Almutairi S, Alharbi F, Lytwyn M, Francis A, Bohonis S, Zeglinski M, Kirkpatrick I, Sharma S, Jassal D. Obstructive sleep apnea: Effects of continuous positive airway pressure on cardiac remodeling as assessed by cardiac biomarkers, echocardiography, and cardiac MRI. Chest 2012 141(3):674–81
  • Comorbidity of OSA and cardiovascular disease suggest OSA as a novel target for risk reduction

 Mortality

 Hypertension

 Drug Resistant Hypertension

 Arteries

Arrhythmia

 Stroke

Women and OSA

Metabolic syndrome

Diabetes

Perioperative management

Cancer

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Nocturia

Miscellaneous