The White Rose Child & Adolescent Sleep Network


We have been awarded funding by The White Rose University Consortium to establish a multidisciplinary child and adolescent sleep research network. The aim is to bring together experts and early career researchers from across the University of York, the University of Leeds and the University of Sheffield and other institutions to gather and share information about existing projects, data sets, sleep measurement equipment, facilities and expertise across Yorkshire. The White Rose Child and Adolescent Sleep Research Network aims to build a portfolio of research that explores methods of promoting healthy sleep in young people from a diverse, innovative and multidisciplinary perspective.


The project inception event was held on Monday 9th December 2019 at the University of York. The conference included presentations from academics, clinicians and charities working in the field of paediatric sleep research. The afternoon session included poster viewing and interactive workshops to facilitate networking and the development of research proposals. On Monday 27th January 2020, we held a Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Event at The Sleep Charity in Doncaster. The meeting was attended by parents of children with sleep difficulties, staff who work in residential settings for children, sleep practitioners and representatives from parent/carer forums. We discussed experiences of caring for children with sleep difficulties and identified gaps in practice and research. We will continue to work with our PPI sleep network to develop applications for funding based on the research priorities identified in the previous meetings.

How can I get involved?

If you would like further information regarding The White Rose Child and Adolescent Sleep Research Network please contact Dr Jane Blackwell ([email protected]). Telephone: 07980960119.


Collings, P.J.,  Blackwell, J.E.,  Abbas, S.,  Pal, E.,  Ball, H.L., & Wright, J.  Associations of diarised sleep onset time, period and duration with total and central adiposity in a biethnic sample of young children: the Born in Bradford study (Under Review in BMJ Open September 2020)

Shanahan, P., Isaac, M & Blackwell, J.E. (2020) Sleep disorders in children and adults with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): A pragmatic approach in assessment and management. BJPsych Advances.

Blackwell, J.E & Elphick, H. (2020) The White Rose Child & Adolescent Sleep Research Network. Deliver to The British Paediatric Sleep Society Videoconference on 11th September 2020.  


Lead academics: Professor Barry Wright (University of York), Dr Anna Weighall (University of Sheffield) and Dr Hannah Nash (University of Leeds) Co-applicants: Dr Jane Blackwell, Megan Garside, Dr Lisa Henderson, Professor Gareth Gaskell, Anna Hamilton, Dr Ian Kellar, Professor Heather Elphick, Dr Ruth Kingshott, Janine Reynolds, Vicki Dawson, Dr Alex Scott, Danielle Varley, Dr Paul Collings. Collaboration Manager: Claire Pickerden