Farrell Historical Landmarks
Farrell Historical Landmarks

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


Screening by questionnaire

Home Diagnosis

All-cause mortality

Cardiovascular disease


  • 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



 Drug Resistant Hypertension





Women and OSA

Metabolic syndrome


Perioperative management


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)