Institute for Breathing and Sleep (IBAS)


The Institute for Breathing and Sleep (IBAS) is the research arm of the Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, located at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne.

IBAS is an incorporated not-for-profit organisation with the mission of promoting, facilitating and co-ordinating research and education in respiratory and sleep health.

The objectives of the Institute are to:

  • Promote and provide a focus for research and education in respiratory and sleep health
  • Reduce morbidity and mortality and improve quality of life for persons with respiratory and sleep disorders
  • Promote occupational health, driver safety and clean air through respiratory and sleep health programs
  • Provide leadership and education in respiratory and sleep health
  • Attract, co-ordinate and manage funding programs for research and education in respiratory and sleep health.

IBAS has been working towards these objectives since its inception in 2000. It has grown from a handful of clinician-researchers to a group of over 150 personnel. IBAS is affiliated with The University of Melbourne, Monash University, Swinburne University, as well as the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

International Experience

The Institute for Breathing and Sleep recently hosted two scholars from the Netherlands for a period of four (4) months. It has also invited a researcher from Sweden to speak at one of its research seminars.

Research infrastructure

As a research institution, IBAS receives funding support from agencies that support our range of research. These are more fully outlined on the website, but briefly include the: National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC). The NHMRC is Australia's peak funding body for medical research, with a budget of about $AUD700 million a year; The Heart Foundation, the Motor Neurone Disease Research Foundation, philanthropic bodies and others.

IBAS is a lead organisation in the Australian Cooperative Research Centre into Alertness, Productivity and Safety that is investigating a number of research studies in industry, in particular Sleep Health Management in Healthcare Workers.

The Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine at Austin Health operates sleep and respiratory laboratories that test thousands of patient annually. The Victorian Respiratory Support Service (VRSS) is an integral element of the Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine at Austin Health. This multi-disciplinary service provides comprehensive care to approximately 1,000 people in the state of Victoria who require domiciliary ventilatory support. IBAS provides an opportunity to evaluate these clinical services and these clinical services are a ready source of trial participants.

  • Host center eligibility:

    Global fellowships (outgoing initial phase only)

  • Research areas:

    Acute Lung Injury (ALI)\ Asthma\ Biomarkers\ Bronchiectasis\ COPD\ Cough\ Environmental medicine/lung diseases\ Epidemiology\ Fibrosis\ Infection\ Interstitial lung disease\ Lung cancer\ Occupational medicine/lung diseases\ Pharmacology\ Physical activity

  • Type of research:

    Clinical Science\ Translational Research

  • Address:

    Austin Health,
    145 Studley Road,
    Victoria 3084, Australia

  • Contact person 1:

    Rosalba Drummond

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