This Connect Week, as part of sleep awareness week we are running two sessions to get your Semester 2 sleep routine off to a good start. Join our panel of experts from the Institute of Social Science Research to learn about the science of sleep and how our sleep (or lack of it) impacts our everyday performance.

Learn how important sleep is for our academic performance, physical activity, recovery, muscle gain and even driving. Develop effective sleep strategies to get the most out of your snooze time to achieve your goals.

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Dr Shamsi Shekari Soleimanloo

Dr Shamsi Shekari completed her PhD with Queensland University of Technology in 2016, and her postdoctoral fellowship with Alertness CRC at Monash University and Austin Health in January 2019. Shamsi is currently a Research Fellow with the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) at UQ. She is the investigator of NHMRC funded “Young Adult Health Study (the YAHS)” in ISSR. She is also leading her ECR project that investigates the Characteristics of driver impairments under the chronic influence of illicit drugs and prescription medications in a simulated driving experiment. Shamsi’s research interests are key socio-psychological issues such as

  • Drowsy / fatigued driving and risky driving behaviours
  • Ocular parameters of drowsiness for detecting driver fatigue
  • Sleep and circadian health in non-standard workers and communities
  • Neuropsychology of behavioural and social risk in society
  • Usability of countermeasures for sleepiness (such as blue-green light) for improving performance, wellbeing and alertness or for detecting sleepiness/fatigue in the community.

Dr Cassandra Pattinson

 Dr Cassandra Pattinson is a Research Fellow at UQ’s Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR). Dr Pattinson’s research focuses on the effects of sleep and circadian research on health across the lifespan. Dr Pattinson completed her PhD, focussing on the effects of sleep and light in children at Queensland University of Technology. She then completed her post-doctoral training on the effects of sleep and light on health and recovery following traumatic brain injury at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, USA. At ISSR, Dr Pattinson is part of the research team for the NHMRC funded, Young Adult Health Study (YAHS), and is interested in how sleep and light exposure affects health and wellbeing in young adults.

Panel followed by a Guided Meditation Session by Ivy Yoga

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