Professor Ron Grunstein has been a consultant physician in sleep disorders for over 30 years and a pioneer in improving patient care in sleep medicine in Australia and internationally. He is currently a Senior Principal Research Fellow of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC highest level research appointment) and Professor of Sleep Medicine at the University of Sydney. Ron heads the Sleep and Circadian Research Group at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research and the NHMRC’s Centre of Research Excellence in Sleep and Circadian Translational Neurobiology aka “Neurosleep”. As well, he is Program Leader in the Co-operative Research Centre in Alertness, Safety and Productivity part-funded by the Commonwealth Department of Industry to answer the challenge of poor sleep and sleepiness impacting on driving, work and society in general.
From 2007-2011, Professor Grunstein served as President of the World Sleep Federation, the roof body for sleep researchers and clinicians internationally organising successful world congresses in Cairns and Kyoto. He was awarded the Australasian Sleep Association Distinguished Achievement Award in 2010, the Kleitman Award, the premier award of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine in 2011 and the Royal Prince Alfred Foundation Medal for Excellence in Medical Research in 2012. In 2014, he received the Distinguished Professor Award from the Sydney Medical School and in 2016 has been awarded the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand Research Medal. Most recently, on Australia Day, 2019, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia “For significant service to medical education and research in the field of sleep disorders”.