Bernhard Staresina

Dr Bernhard Staresina is a Sir Henry Dale Fellow at the University of Birmingham's School of Psychology and Head of Sleep Research at the Centre for Human Brain Health (CHBH). 

Dr Staresina's research focuses on the neural mechanisms underlying episodic memory in humans, with  a recent focus on sleep and consolidation. His lab uses an array of cognitive neuroscience methods (sleep EEG, fMRI, iEEG, MEG, behavioral testing) to elucidate the mechanisms of episodic memory in the human brain.


Brendan Cooper

Prof Brendan Cooper is a Consultant Clinical Scientist in Respiratory Physiology at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and also a Hon. Professor in Respiratory & Sleep Physiology at the University of Birmingham. 


Prof Cooper’s clinical interests include weekly sleep apnoea clinics, leading the sleep disordered breathing service as well as a research programme which includes the evaluation of equipment, development of standards of quality for sleep disordered breathing services.  His research portfolio includes a wide spectrum of respiratory physiology from the resting state to exercise and sleep.


Core Members


Manny Bagary

Dr Manny Bagary runs a tertiary epilepsy service in Birmingham which includes a surgical programme, VNS clinic, modified ketogenic diet service for adults and has a particular interest in mental health comorbidity in epilepsy. He is actively involved in epilepsy research and is currently involved in a number of NIHR studies evaluating novel AEDs. 

Dr Bagary is an elected council member and treasurer of the ILAE-UK Chapter. He is the CRN lead for epilepsy research in the West Midlands.


Andrew Bagshaw

Dr Andrew Bagshaw is Reader in Imaging Neuroscience; Director of the Birmingham University Imaging Centre; and Co-Director of the Centre for Human Brain Health, at the University of Birmingham. 

His main interest is in developing and applying non-invasive neuroimaging methods to questions in clinical and behavioural neuroscience. His current work focuses on using EEG-fMRI to understand the influence of ongoing brain activity on evoked and behavioural responses, and to examine the localisation and functional significance of electrophysiological discharges in epilepsy and sleep. 


George Balanos

Dr George Balanos is Lecturer in Exercise Physiology, at the School of Sport, Excersice and Rehabilitation Excercise, at the University of Birmingham. ​

His main research interests include the regulation of blood flow in humans both during exercise and in disease, and the regulation of breathing, especially sleep disordered breathing. 


Richard Glover

​Richard Glover is a clinical scientist based in the Lung Function and Sleep Department at Good Hope Hospital (University Hospitals Birmingham).


His clinical interests include working with patients requiring non-invasive positive pressure therapies for the management of sleep disordered breathing. Further interests include using research and quality improvement methodologies to improve local practice and thereby improve patient care

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Syed Huq

​Dr Syed Huq is a consultant respiratory and sleep physician based at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. During the final year of his specialty training he undertook a clinical fellowship at the Papworth sleep centre, one of the largest tertiary sleep services in the UK. He also obtained the European Somnologist accreditation in sleep medicine in September 2016, and the Registered Polysmonographic Technologist accreditation in sleep study reporting in May 2017. He is one of the core members of the cross-site multi-disciplinary sleep team at UHB providing a comprehensive sleep service for respiratory and non-respiratory sleep disorders. He is also involved with acute and domiciliary home ventilation service at QEHB.


Shyam Madathil 

​Dr Madathil works at the University Hospitals Birmingham, and has special interest in caring for patients with respiratory failure and sleep apnoea including those needing respiratory support in the form on non-invasive ventilation or CPAP therapy.


Caroline Richards

Dr Caroline Richards is Lecturer in Neurodevelopmental Disorders, at the School of Psychology, at the University of Birmingham. 

The aim of Dr Richards’ research is to reduce negative clinical outcomes for individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders. Her work with children with autism and children with rare genetic syndromes has thus far focused on reducing self-injury, improving sleep disorders and understanding the impact of premature birth. 


Andrew Surtees

Dr Andrew Surtees is Lecturer in Psychology, at the School of Psychology, at the University of Birmingham.

Dr Surtees is an expert in social cognition, autism and mental health. He combines cutting-edge research on social understanding in typical and atypical populations with practice as a Clinical Psychologist. He is interested in the impact of sleep deprivation on social cognition and in the impact of social difficulties on sleep.


Abd Tahrani

Dr Abd A Tahrani is NHIR Clinical Scientist at the University of Birmingham. 

Dr Tahrani leads a multi-disciplinary research group that includes scientists, clinicians and allied health-care professionals. The aims of this research group are to: 1) examine the impact of sleep-related disorders (including obstructive apnoea) on metabolic health, diabetes and obesity; 2) improve our understanding of the pathogenesis of diabetes-related microvascular complications; 3) improve our understanding of the pathogenesis of foot ulceration in diabetes and develop new treatments; 4) explore the pharmacological and non-pharmacological options to treat and manage patients with obesity (including the long-term outcomes of bariatric surgery); and 5) develop new treatments for type 2 diabetes


Max Thomas

Max Thomas is a clinical scientist at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital with a specialist interest in complex breathlessness, exercise physiology and sleep.                                                                             

He currently leads the cardiopulmonary exercise testing service at the hospital, but he is intimately involved with services including oxygen therapy; occupational lung disease; measurement of sleep (full-polysomnography); treatment and monitoring of sleep disordered breathing; severe asthma; and interstitial lung disease. He also has a burgeoning interest in upper airway disorders and excessive dynamic airway collapse – both during exertion and sleep.


Affiliated Members


Stacey Bissell

Dr Stacey Bissell graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2013 with an undergraduate degree in Psychology. Stacey’s MRes research project investigated the behavioural phenotype of Potocki-Lupski syndrome under the supervision of Prof Chris Oliver and Dr Lucy Wilde at the Cerebra Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders. From 2014 – 2018, Stacey was co-funded by Cerebra and the Tuberous Sclerosis Association to explore behaviours in children with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) at the Cerebra Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Having completed her PhD, Stacey continues to work within the field of TSC behavioural research at the Richards Lab, University of Birmingham. Her work aims to investigate the association between sleep problems and daytime externalising behaviours in children with TSC using actigraphy and mobile app technology.


Isabel Morales-Muñoz

​Dr Isabel Morales-Muñoz is Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute for Mental Health (IMH). Dr Morales-Muñoz holds the position of Academy of Finland postdoctoral research fellow, at the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), in Helsinki, Finland. Her main research interests lie within the field of sleep, neuropsychology and mental health. Her current research focuses on sleep development in early childhood and the links with neurodevelopmental disorders; in addition to the study of the associations between sleep and mental health.