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Contact Details

Phone
+64 3 474 0999
Email
barbara.galland@otago.ac.nz
Position
Professor
Department
Department of Women's and Children's Health (Dunedin)
Qualifications
PhD BSc(Hons) NZCS
Research summary
Paediatric sleep health, sleep measurement, sleep disordered breathing, sleep and obesity
Teaching
  • NEUR301 Current topics in neuroscience
  • NEUR455 Sleep
  • ELM2 Case tutor

Research

  • Sleep related breathing disorders
  • Sleep and academic outcomes
  • Sleep development and measurement
  • The role of sleep in obesity
  • Sleep and Type 1 Diabetes
  • Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy

Barbara Galland heads the paediatric sleep research group within the Department of Women’s & Children’s Health. She has published more than 100 scientific research and review articles, mainly in the field of child sleep health within a multi-disciplinary programme of research that investigates the role of sleep and sleep disturbance in a range of health outcomes. More specifically, her research interests include studying the effects of sleep and breathing disorders in children and adolescents on behaviour, cognition and academic performance.

Other research focuses on the role that sleep plays in overweight and obesity, sleep related disturbances in children with Type 1 diabetes, and the biological mechanisms underpinning Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy. Studies of sleep disordered breathing and sleep measurement have contributed to many international collaborative research projects. She currently co-chairs the Paediatric Council of the Australasian Sleep Association and is on the editorial board of Sleep Medicine Reviews and Behavioral Sleep Medicine.

Publications

Meredith-Jones, K. A., Haszard, J. J., Graham-DeMello, A., Campbell, A., Stewart, T., Galland, B. C., Cox, A., Kennedy, G., … Taylor, R. W. (2024). Validation of actigraphy sleep metrics in children aged 8 to 16 years: Considerations for device type, placement and algorithms. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity, 21, 40. doi: 10.1186/s12966-024-01590-x Journal - Research Article

Boucsein, A., Zhou, Y., Haszard, J. J., Jefferies, C. A., Wiltshire, E. J., Styles, S. E., … Galland, B. C., … de Bock, M. I., & Wheeler, B. J. (2024). Protocol for a prospective, multicenter, parallel-group, open-label randomized controlled trial comparing standard care with Closed lOoP In chiLdren and yOuth with Type 1 diabetes and high-risk glycemic control: The CO-PILOT trial. Journal of Diabetes & Metabolic Disorders. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s40200-024-01397-4 Journal - Research Other

Beanland, V., Ritchie, C., Ousset, C., Galland, B. C., & Schaughency, E. A. (2024). Distracted and unfocused driving in supervised and unsupervised teen drivers: Associations with sleep, inattention, and cognitive disengagement syndrome symptoms. Transportation Research Part F, 100, 169-180. doi: 10.1016/j.trf.2023.11.013 Journal - Research Article

Abshirini, M., Galland, B., Conner, T. S., Roy, N. C., Gearry, R. B., Frampton, C. M. A., Ware, L., Forrest, B., Smith, H., … Meredith-Jones, K., & Miller, J. C. (2023). Effect of heat-inactivated Lactobacillus sp. on sleep, stress, and gastrointestinal health in adults with insomnia and elevated stress levels: A study protocol for a randomised, controlled, double-blind study. Proceedings of the Annual Scientific Meeting of the New Zealand and Australian Nutrition Societies: Nutrition and Wellbeing in Oceania. (pp. 205). Retrieved from https://nsnzconference.org.nz/ Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Rivera, E., Hesketh, K. D., Orellana, L., Taylor, R., Carson, V., Nicholson, J. M., … Galland, B., … Downing, K. L. (2023). Prevalence of toddlers meeting 24-hour movement guidelines and associations with parental perceptions and practices. Journal of Science & Medicine in Sport. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2023.12.008 Journal - Research Article

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