Dr Sophie West
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer

I am a respiratory consultant in Newcastle and lead the Newcastle Regional Sleep Service. My research interests are in the field of sleep-disordered breathing, particularly Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA). I completed my MD in Oxford. I am particularly interested in OSA and type 2 diabetes, diabetic retinopathy and potential novel ways to manage this. I am the chief investigator for the multi-centre UK ROSA trial – Retinopathy in OSA, a study randomising people with type 2 diabetes, macular oedema and severe obstructive sleep apnoea to CPAP (continuous positive pressure therapy) or control to assess if this has any impact on visual acuity. Key people with whom I am collaborating include Professor John Stradling (Oxford), Professor Mary Morrell (Imperial), Dr Sonya Craig (Liverpool) and in Newcastle, Mr Rajen Gupta (Ophthalmology).

I am also the principal investigator leading a cross-speciality group assessing sleep disordered breathing in people with myotonic dystrophy and therapeutic options for them. My co-investigators are Dr Simon Baudouin (Home Ventilation service), Dr Kirstie Anderson (Neurology) and Professor Hanns Lochmuller (Clinical Genetics).
 
I am a member of the Oxrich Sleep Research group, led by Professor John Stradling (Oxford) and Professor Malcolm Kohler (Zurich). I am a member of the British Thoracic Society Sleep Specialist Advisory Group and recently sat on the Department of Health Sleep working group for Sleep.

Grants

ResMed Foundation award US$687,764 for ROSA study 2012-15

ResMed award for Clinical Research Associate for 3 years £178,641 to support ROSA study 2012-15
Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals Research Capability Funding £30 122 for Assessment of overnight ventilation and daytime sleepiness in patients with myotonic dystrophy, April 2012 for 1 year.

Current MD student  Dr Ben Prudon