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Professor Alister Neill

profile_Alister_Neill

MD, FRACP, Dip Anaesth, MBChB, BSc

Professor, Department of Medicine
Clinical and Research Director Wellington School of Medicine Sleep Investigation Centre
Respiratory and Sleep Physician, Department of Respiratory Medicine, Capital and Coast Health

Contact details

Fax +64 4 389 5725

For admin/academic teaching enquiries, email : alister.neill@otago.ac.nz
For WellSleep enquiries, email: wellsleep@otago.ac.nz

Research expertise and interest

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.

My research expertise and interest are:

  • 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

Inaugural Professorial Lecture

On Wednesday, 7 August 2019 Professor Alister Neill gave his Inaugural Professorial lecture (IPL) on ‘Searching for the third pillar of health: The importance of sleep’.

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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.

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.

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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.

Journal - Research Article

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

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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.

Journal - Research Article

Campbell, A. J., Neill, A. M., Trengrove, H., & Reynolds, G. (2006). Effectiveness of a titratable mandibular advancement splint. Internal Medicine Journal. 36, (pp. A34). [Abstract]

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Neill, A. M., Campbell, A. J., & Marshall, N. S. (2006, May). Randomized controlled trial of compliance with flexible and standard continuous positive airway pressure for severe obstructive sleep apnea. Poster session presented at the American Thoracic Society International Conference, San Diego, USA.

Conference Contribution - Poster Presentation (not in published proceedings)

Neill, A. (2006). Obstructive Sleep Apnoea: Clinical significance, pathophysiology and treatment. (MD). University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. 211p.

Awarded Doctoral Degree

Neil, A., Veale, A., McLachlan, J., & Campbell, A. (2006) Inquiry into obesity and type II diabetes in New Zealand Submission by Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand to Health Committee Inquiry into Obesity and Type II Diabetes, 33p. [Government Submission].

Other Research Output

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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