Dr Francois Abel is the lead for the Paediatric Sleep Service at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) since 2012, having trained in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine and Sleep in the Catholic University of Louvain in Brussels, Sydney Children’s Hospital at Westmead and at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. In addition, he has a postgraduate certificate in Paediatric Sleep Sciences from the University of Western Australia.
Dr Abel has a wealth of clinical experience in complex sleep related breathing disorders in complex conditions (craniofacial, metabolic, neuromuscular, genetics) and chronic ventilation disorders. His clinical roles include sleep and respiratory leadership and multidisciplinary advice at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children to teams like the neuromuscular, craniofacial, spinal or metabolic teams.
Dr Abel has been co-chair the British Paediatric Sleep Society since its creation in 2015 with aim to promote awareness of paediatric sleep issues in the UK. It has since been recognised as a special interest group with the Royal College Of Paediatric And Child Health.
Dr Abel has been invited faculty at national and international meetings including the European Respiratory Society, the International Paediatric Sleep Association and the International Conference on Paediatric Non-Invasive Ventilation. His publications cover topics including the management of upper airway obstruction in Pierre Robin patients, hypoventilation in Prader-Willi patients, sleep disordered breathing in craniofacial disorders and a systematic review on paediatric obstructive sleep apnoea amongst others. He was a member of the ERS Taskforce on Paediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnoea and is currently co-chairing the ERS Taskforce on Paediatric Central Sleep Apnoea and a member of the Taskforce on Paediatric Non-Invasive Ventilation
His research priorities focus on paediatric sleep and in particular sleep-related breathing and ventilation disorders. This includes research focus on the increasing cohort of patients requiring long- term ventilation.