Professor Rosemary Horne, NHMRC Senior Research Fellow

Biography

Professor Rosemary Horne is one of four Deputy Directors of Hudson Institute’s Ritchie Centre, where she heads the Infant and Child Health theme. She is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow.

Her research interests focus on sleep in infants and children and current research projects are investigating mechanisms involved in the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), development of cardio-respiratory control in preterm infants and the effects of sleep disordered breathing on daytime performance and the cardiovascular system in children. She has received funding from the NHMRC, the Heart Foundation and both national and international SIDS organisations to support her research. Professor Horne’s findings have had clinical impact, with her study outcomes changing treatment approaches for sleep-disordered breathing in children, as well as advice provided to parents to reduce their baby’s risk of SIDS.

Professor Horne has an international reputation in her field and is the Chair of the Physiology working group of the International Society for the Prevention of Infant Death. She is a Director of the International Paediatric Sleep Association and is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Sleep Research, Sleep, and Sleep Medicine.

She has published more than 120 research and review scientific articles and has been an invited speaker at a number of national and international sleep and Sudden Infant Death research conferences.

Selected publications

  • Witcombe NB*, Yiallourou SR*, Sands SA, Walker AM, Horne RSC. Preterm birth alters the maturation of baroreflex sensitivity in sleeping infants. Pediatrics 129(1): e89-96, 2012.

  • Yiallourou SR, Sands S, Walker AM, Horne RSC.Maturation of Heart Rate and Blood Pressure Variability during Sleep in Term-Born Infants. Sleep 35(2):177-86 2012.

  • Jackman AR, Biggs SN, Walter LM, Embuldeniya US, Davey MJ, Nixon GM, Anderson V, Trinder J, Horne RSC. Sleep-disordered breathing in preschool children is associated with behavioral but not cognitive impairments. Sleep Medicine 13(6):621-31, 2012. IF 3.430 Rank 45/185.

  • Walter LM, Nixon GM, Davey MJ, Anderson V, Trinder J, Walker AM, Horne RSC. Differential effects of sleep disordered breathing on polysomnographic characteristics in preschool and elementary school-aged children. Sleep Medicine 13: 810-815, 2012.

  • Biggs SN, Walter LM, Nisbet L, Jackman AR, Anderson V, Nixon GM, Davey MJ, Trinder J, Hoffman R, Armitage R, Horne RSC. Time course of EEG slow-wave activity in pre-school children with sleep disordered breathing: A possible mechanism for daytime deficits? Sleep Medicine 13:999-1005, 2012.

  • Golder V*, Hepponstall M*, Yiallourou SR, Odoi A, Horne RSC. Autonomic cardiovascular control in hypotensive critically ill preterm infants is impaired during the first days of life. Early Human Development 89(6):419-23, 2013.

  • Walter LM, Yiallourou SR, Vlahandonis A, Sands SA, Johnson CA, Nixon GM, Davey MJ, Trinder J, Walker AM, Horne RSC. Impaired blood pressure control in children with obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep Medicine 14(9):858-66, 2013.

  • Jackman AR, Biggs SN, Walter LM, Embuldeniya US, Davey MJ, Nixon GM, Anderson V, Trinder J, Horne RSC. Sleep disordered breathing in early childhood: quality of life for children and families. Sleep 36(11):1639-46, 2013.

  • Vlahandonis A, Nixon GM, Davey MJ, Walter L, Horne RSC. A four year follow-up of sleep and respiratory measures in children with sleep disordered breathing. Sleep Medicine 14:440-448, 2013.

  • Richardson HL, Horne RSC Arousal from sleep pathways are affected by the prone sleeping position and preterm birth. Early Human Development 89(9):705-711, 2013.

  • Nisbet LC, Yiallourou SR, Biggs SN, Nixon GM, Davey MJ, Trinder J, Walter LM*, Horne RSC* Characterization of the acute cardiovascular response to obstructive apneas and hypopneas in preschool children with sleep disordered breathing. Sleep Medicine 14(11):1123-31, 2013.

  • Nisbet LC, Yiallourou SR, Biggs SN, Nixon GM, Davey MJ, Trinder J, Walter LM*, Horne RSC* Nocturnal autonomic function in preschool children with sleep disordered breathing. Sleep Med 14(12):1310-6, 2013.

  • Horne RSC Cardiorespiratory control during sleep in infancy. Paediatr Respir Rev. 2013 Mar 20. doi:pii: S1526-0542(13)00024-9. 10.1016/j.prrv.2013.02.012. [Epub ahead of print]

  • Vlahandonis A, Yiallourou SR, Sands SA, Nixon GM, Davey MJ, Walter LM*, Horne RSC*. Long-term changes in heart rate variability in elementary school-aged children with sleep disordered breathing. Sleep Med 15(1):76-82, 2014.

  • Collins CL, Barfield C, Horne RSC, Davis PG. A comparison of nasal trauma in preterm infants extubated to either heated humidified high flow nasal cannulae or nasal continuous positive airway pressure. Eur J Pediatr 173(2):181-6, 2014.