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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.

All-cause mortality


Cardiovascular disease


  • On the use of CPAP versus oxygen supplementation in the management of patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (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




Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)



Screening by questionnaire

Home diagnosis

Historical landmarks

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

Metabolic syndrome


Perioperative management

Women and OSA


  • In elderly patients with severe sleep apnoea, CPAP treatment achieves an improvement in all domains of quality of life High prevalence of OSA in patients with chronic wounds not detected by standard screening questionnaires