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Professor Alister Neill

PositionProfessor
DepartmentDepartment of Medicine (UOW)
QualificationsBSc MBChB (Otago) DipAnaesthesia (UK) FRACP
Research summaryRespiratory Medicine

Research

I direct the University of Otago's WellSleep Research Group and am an Associated Investigator and Research Committee member of the NH and MRC funded Australasian Sleep Trials Network.

Current research topics include:

  • The epidemiology and ethnic distribution of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) in New Zealanders and its relationship to cardiovascular disease.
  • Improving access to sleep services and the evaluation of home based diagnosis and treatment pathways for OSA.
  • The use of randomised controlled research methodology to assess new treatment technologies including: oral appliance studies; heated humidification of CPAP and new modes of positive airway pressure (C-flex and Auto CPAP) and non-invasive ventilation.
  • Improving the understanding and awareness of sleep disorders.
  • Community acquired pneumonia

Publications

Bakker, J., Campbell, A., & Neill, A. (2010). Randomized controlled trial comparing flexible and continuous positive airway pressure delivery: Effects on compliance, objective and subjective sleepiness and vigilance. Sleep, 33(4), 523-529.

Campbell, A. J., & Neill, A. M. (2011). Home set-up polysomnography in the assessment of suspected obstructive sleep apnea. Journal of Sleep Research, 20(1), 207-213. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2869.2010.00854.x

Bakker, J. P., O'Keeffe, K. M., Neill, A. M., & Campbell, A. J. (2011). Ethnic disparities in CPAP adherence in New Zealand: Effects of socioeconomic status, health literacy and self-efficacy. Sleep, 34(11), 1595-1603. doi: 10.5665/sleep.1404

Marshall, N. S., Barnes, M., Travier, N., Campbell, A. J., Pierce, R. J., McEvoy, R. D., Neill, A. M., & Gander, P. H. (2006). Continuous positive airway pressure reduces daytime sleepiness in mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnoea: A meta-analysis. Thorax, 61, 430-434.

Mihaere, K. M., Harris, R., Gander, P. H., Reid, P. M., Purdie, G., Robson, B., & Neill, A. (2009). Obstructive sleep apnea in New Zealand adults: Prevalence and risk factors among Māori and non-Māori. Sleep, 32(7), 949-956.

Journal - Research Article

Garner, D. J., Berlowitz, D. J., Douglas, J., Harkness, N., Howard, M., McArdle, N., … Neill, A., … Young, A. (2013). Home mechanical ventilation in Australia and New Zealand. European Respiratory Journal, 41(1), 39-45. doi: 10.1183/09031936.00206311

Bakker, J. P., Campbell, A. J., & Neill, A. M. (2012). Increased mortality risk in congestive heart failure patients with comorbid sleep apnoea: 10-year follow up [Brief communication]. Internal Medicine Journal, 42(11), 1264-1268. doi: 10.1111/j.1445-5994.2012.02904.x

Bakker, J. P., Neill, A. M., & Campbell, A. J. (2012). Nasal versus oronasal continuous positive airway pressure masks for obstructive sleep apnea: A pilot investigation of pressure requirement, residual disease, and leak. Sleep & Breathing, 16(3), 709-716. doi: 10.1007/s11325-011-0564-3

Campbell, A. J., Ferrier, K., & Neill, A. M. (2012). The effect of oxygen versus adaptive pressure support servo-ventilation in patients with Central Sleep Apnoea-Cheyne Stokes Respiration and congestive heart failure. Internal Medicine Journal, 42(10), 1130-1136. doi: 10.1111/j.1445-5994.2011.02623.x

Campbell, A., Neill, A., & Lory, R. (2012). Ethnicity and socioeconomic status predict initial continuous positive airway pressure compliance in New Zealand adults with obstructive sleep apnoea. Internal Medicine Journal, 42(6), e95-e101. doi: 10.1111/j.1445-5994.2010.02360.x

Bakker, J., Campbell, A., & Neill, A. (2011). Randomised controlled trial of auto-adjusting positive airway pressure in morbidly obese patients requiring high therapeutic pressure delivery. Journal of Sleep Research, 20, 233-240. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2869.2010.00846.x

Bakker, J. P., O'Keeffe, K. M., Neill, A. M., & Campbell, A. J. (2011). Ethnic disparities in CPAP adherence in New Zealand: Effects of socioeconomic status, health literacy and self-efficacy. Sleep, 34(11), 1595-1603. doi: 10.5665/sleep.1404

Bakker, J. P., Campbell, A. J., & Neill, A. M. (2011). Pulse wave analysis in a pilot randomised controlled trial of auto-adjusting and continuous positive airway pressure for obstructive sleep apnoea. Sleep & Breathing, 15(3), 325-332. doi: 10.1007/s11325-010-0385-9

Campbell, A. J., & Neill, A. M. (2011). Home set-up polysomnography in the assessment of suspected obstructive sleep apnea. Journal of Sleep Research, 20(1), 207-213. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2869.2010.00854.x

Bakker, J., Campbell, A., & Neill, A. (2010). Randomized controlled trial comparing flexible and continuous positive airway pressure delivery: Effects on compliance, objective and subjective sleepiness and vigilance. Sleep, 33(4), 523-529.

Chang, A. Y., Marsh, S., Smith, N., & Neill, A. (2010). Long-term community non-invasive ventilation. Internal Medicine Journal, 40(11), 764-771. doi: 10.1111/j.1445-5994.2010.02171.x

Mihaere, K. M., Harris, R., Gander, P. H., Reid, P. M., Purdie, G., Robson, B., & Neill, A. (2009). Obstructive sleep apnea in New Zealand adults: Prevalence and risk factors among Māori and non-Māori. Sleep, 32(7), 949-956.

Campbell, A. J., Reynolds, G., Trengrove, H., & Neill, A. M. (2009). Mandibular advancement splint titration in obstructive sleep apnoea. Sleep & Breathing, 13(2), 157-162. doi: 10.1007/s11325-008-0230-6

Ferrier, K. A., Neill, A. M., O'Meeghan, T., Richards, M., & Campbell, A. J. (2008). Continuous positive airway pressure in heart failure patients with obstructive sleep apnoea. Internal Medicine Journal, 38(11), 829-836. doi: 10.1111/j.1445-5994.2007.01585.x

Marshall, N. S., Neill, A. M., & Campbell, A. J. (2008). Randomised trial of compliance with flexible (C-Flex) and standard continuous positive airway pressure for severe obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep & Breathing, 12(4), 393-396.

Marshall, N. S., Barnes, M., Travier, N., Campbell, A. J., Pierce, R. J., McEvoy, R. D., Neill, A. M., & Gander, P. H. (2006). Continuous positive airway pressure reduces daytime sleepiness in mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnoea: A meta-analysis. Thorax, 61, 430-434.

Marshall, N. S., Neill, A. M., Campbell, A. J., & Sheppard, D. S. (2005). Randomised controlled crossover trial of humidified continuous positive airway pressure in mild obstructive sleep apnoea. Thorax, 60, 427-432. doi: 10.1136/thx.2004.032078

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