What does the study involve?
In 2008 a pilot study in Rhode Island USA initiated by Dr Daniel Rubens identified that 31 infants who had died of SIDS had markedly lowered hearing test results at birth.
This study was important since it offered the first clue of a potential defect in SIDS cases by a currently utilised screening tool, well before a fatal event.
Based on this work, Professor Fleming of Bristol University and his team will work in collaboration with Dr Rubens in Seattle, to undertake this large-scale two-year study.
We are delighted to be part-funding this project in partnership with The Lullaby Trust and have contributed £50,000
Professor Peter Fleming
Professor Fleming is Professor of Infant Health and Developmental Physiology at the University of Bristol.
He and Dr Pete Blair, senior research fellow at the University of Bristol, published a groundbreaking research paper in 1990 which identified three main risk factors for SIDS: parents who were lying their babies to sleep face down, covering them with too many blankets and smoking near the infant.
This laid the foundations for the Back to Sleep Campaign, which resulted in an 80% reduction in SIDS to their current levels. Professor Fleming remains dedicated to contributing to furthering our understanding the causes of infant loss.
Dr Daniel Rubens
Dr Daniel Rubens is Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesia, University of Washington; Seattle Children’s Hospital.