Emerging Sleep Hero Awards Winner 1st - Anastasia Suraev

Anastasia is a Clinical Research Associate at the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics, a philanthropically funded centre for cannabinoid research at the University of Sydney, and a PhD candidate at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research. Prior to starting her PhD, Anastasia graduated with a Bachelor of Advanced Science and Honours in Psychology at the University of Sydney in 2012 before completing a Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology) at the University of Melbourne in 2015. Her research examines the clinical applications of cannabinoids in a range of conditions, with a focus on sleep disorders. She is currently leading a clinical trial investigating the effects of a cannabinoid medicine on sleep and daytime function in people with chronic insomnia disorder. This research is the first to use novel high-density EEG to explore the mechanism by which cannabinoids affect the sleeping brain. Anastasia is strongly passionate about giving a public voice to cannabinoid and sleep research and frequently engages in community outreach through news media and invited talks. In 2021, Anastasia won the University of Sydney’s Visual Your Thesis (VYT) competition and progressed to the international VYT final.