Dr Stone has worked within the scientific community for more than 40 years and before helping to found FRMSc Limited, was QinetiQ’s lead on the science of fatigue in the transport industry.
Dr. Barbara Stone is Science Director for Fatigue Risk Management Science Limited (FRMSc Limited)
Before helping to found FRMSc, she was a QinetiQ Fellow and Technical Manager for the Human Protection and Performance Enhancement Group at QinetiQ Ltd where she was responsible for the technical quality and strategy for around sixty scientists.
She has over 30 years of fatigue, sleep physiology and pharmacology and transportation research experience including 20 years at the Institute of Aviation Medicine and 12 years at QinetiQ and its precursor organizations
After setting up the human sleep laboratory at Farnborough she has led or contributed to many research programs on irregular schedules of work and rest and the effects of drugs on sleep and performance. Drugs studied have included hypnotics, stimulants, antidepressants, anti-histamines and melatonin. She carried out a series of studies for the CAA on the effects of duty schedules on the sleep and alertness of civil aircrew and air traffic controllers.
She has been involved in many studies of the effects of environmental changes on sleep including investigations on the effects of altitude, light, noise and jet-lag. She has conducted studies and provided advice on the shift patterns of train drivers and rail infrastructure workers and she was the project manager for an HSE project to validate and develop a method for assessing the risks arising from fatigue.
She has developed a model of insomnia and her work has led to guidelines for the use of drugs in military and civil aircrew. She has been involved in a large number of collaborative research programs involving laboratory and field studies. Collaborators include UK, US and European academia, NASA, UK and foreign airlines. She has expertise in managing large scale field programs monitoring personnel under difficult conditions such as altitude, noise and jet-lag
Dr. Stone holds a BSc in Physiology from the University of Manchester and a PhD on Sleep and the Environment from the University of Surrey.