$70,000 committed to funding the first year of a 3-year genetic study in Australia.

In July 2019 the first year of a 3-year project commenced, a project to enable the research group of Professor Leanne Dibbens at the University of South Australia in collaboration with Professor Robert Vink and Professor Roger Byard, of The University of Adelaide, to generate a DNA biobank for babies who have died of SIDS, in order to find possible genetic causes for this devastating condition.

“River’s Gift are incredibly proud to be funding this ground-breaking project with University of South Australia and The University of Adelaide.”– Karl Waddell, River’s Gift.

Professor Dibbens group has a long track record in gene discovery in human disorders and the creation of biobanks and will now use this approach in collaboration with River’s Gift to study SIDS deaths. Her laboratory will use state of the art genomic technologies established in the laboratory to look for causes of SIDS with the aim of being able to identify early those babies who are most at risk, so that this risk can be reduced and thus prevent further unexpected deaths from happening.

“We see that this could form yet another integral piece in helping us understand the reasoning behind the thousands of infants that lose their lives to this tragic syndrome across the globe each year. ”– Karl Waddell, River’s Gift.

The undertaking of this project is so important in helping further build our understanding around genetic implications in some infants, and how this may impact their vulnerability to sudden and unexpected infant death in sleep (including SIDS).

Genetic studies are paramount in science, and River’s Gift see their impact on the world of sudden and unexpected death in infancy (including SIDS) is immense.

Support River’s Gift’s mission of Stamping Out SIDS, by donating today.

River’s Gift

  • Funds world leading SIDS research with $70,000 recently dedicated to a genetic study at The University of South Australia and The University of Adelaide
  • Provides research based education for parents, parents to be, grandparents and health professionals on Safe sleep and SIDS
  • Enables other SIDS families to have a platform to honour their own child through supported fundraising events, friendships.. and an element of hope for the future.

In Australia alone, approximately 100 babies a year are passing away, suddenly and unexpectedly in their sleep.
They aren’t getting sick. There are no warning signs.
Just silence.

Donate today, and help our mission of Stamping Out SIDS.