Clare Anderson

Biomarkers and determinants of drowsy driving: Advances in reducing crash risk

 

Clare Anderson, PhD
Associate Professor, Monash Institute of Cognitive & Clinical Neuroscience, and School of Psychological Sciences | Monash University (Australia)

Keynote Summary: Drowsiness remains a significant cause of motor vehicle crash, responsible for approximately 20% of all crashes. This talk will examine current approaches to reducing the impact of drowsy driving, including (i) understanding of the characteristics of drowsiness-related motor vehicle crashes, beyond falling asleep (e.g., gaze allocation and distractibility); (ii) an evaluation of the available technologies that map onto these different signatures of impairment; (iii) a look into the future of roadside testing, including the development of novel biomarkers of the drowsy state that yield promise for implementation into road side tests; and (iv) revisiting the associations between subjective awareness of drowsiness and adverse driving events.

Biosketch: Associate Professor Clare Anderson leads her research team in the Sleep and Circadian Medicine Laboratory at the Monash Institute for Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience. She also holds positions at the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston, USA), and is a Theme Leader in the Cooperative Research Centre for Alertness, Safety and Productivity, Australia. She undertook her PhD and post-doctoral training at Loughborough University in the UK, before moving to the USA to take up a faculty position at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. She moved to Australia in 2011 and is now a tenured faculty member at Monash University. Her research interests lie in assessing the impact of sleep loss and circadian misalignment on alertness and cognitive function across the lifespan, with a specific focus on developing novel biomarkers of alertness state, and identifying strategies to reduce the risk of drowsy driving (e.g., informed education, technology use).

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