Professor Gordon Wallace will work with Associate Professor Stuart MacKay to combat sleep apnea, reports Illawarra Mercury.

The pair this week won a prestigious Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation Conjoint Grant worth $375,000 over three years.

Dr MacKay said he was thrilled to be working on the project with Prof Wallace, the director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science at Wollongong university.

‘’We plan to use a combination of smart materials, 3D printing and existing biomaterials to develop a model of an upper airway that’s as similar to a human’s airway as possible,’’ he said.