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Professor Emeritus Philippa Gander.

Sleep researcher Professor Philippa Gander has been awarded the title of Emeritus Professor. Throughout her career, Emeritus Professor Gander has made a major contribution on improving sleep health across all industries.

After completing her doctorate, she left New Zealand in 1980 to work at Harvard Medical School in Boston as a Senior Fulbright Fellow.

In 1983, she moved to the NASA Ames Research Centre in California where she joined the Flight Crew Fatigue and Jet-Lag Program, subsequently, the Fatigue Countermeasures Program.

And in 1998, she established the Massey University Sleep/Wake Research Centre in Wellington with a repatriation grant from the Health Research Council of New Zealand.

She was elected as Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2009 and in 2017, was made an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to the study of sleep and fatigue.

She stepped down as Director of the Sleep Wake Research Centre, Wellington in 2019 after 20 years. During this time, she made a great contribution in developing research in sleep and chronobiology in New Zealand and internationally, while supporting her staff.

In 2019, she was awarded the Distinguished Achievement Award by the Australasian Sleep Association.