Professor of Child Health within Medicine at the University of Southampton
Dr Catherine M Hill is an Associate Professor of Child Health within Medicine at the University of Southampton.
Her primary research interest is the effects of sleep related hypoxia in children. Her work has embraced several vulnerable populations including children with developmental disorders and those living at high altitude. She set up and leads the 2 bedded paediatric polysomnography sleep research laboratory within the Southampton NIHR Wellcome Trust clinical research facility. All clinical patients undergoing sleep studies are invited to participate in research donating their biosignals to a research databank. Researchers interested to access this data are welcome to contact Dr Hill.
A number of parallel work streams are driven by her clinical work including the study of a rare sleep related movement disorder (rhythmic movement disorder) and the use of novel technologies for sleep assessment ‘beyond polysomnography’ including domiciliary cardiorespiratory studies, videosomnography and 3D video.
She leads a multi-disciplinary regional sleep disorder service within Southampton Children’s hospital
As part of her work she also leads a programme of training courses for sleep professionals attracting participants from across the UK and internationally (www. piernetwork.org) and is regularly invited to teach and train in her field.
Dr Hill has promoted her work and the importance of sleep in children through media events including documentaries (BBC 1: One show; ITV documentary My child won’t sleep and ‘This Morning’; Channel 4 ‘Extreme Parenting Series 1’: BBC South today; BBC Panorama: Sleepless Britain.); radio appearances (including local BBC radio phone in shows) and articles in the national press.