River’s Gift International SIDS Collaboration
In April 2014, River’s Gift launched the River’s International SIDS collaboration between Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School and The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health – Melbourne (FINMH).
Sculpting an Australian footprint on the world map of SIDS Research, the collaboration currently funds Australian PhD student Emma Giles to work under the direction of world renowned SIDS Researcher Dr Hannah Kinney at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, USA.
Between mid 2014 and late 2015, River’s Gift funded Australian PhD student, Fiona Bright, to work in Boston under the guidance of Dr Hannah Kinney. Upon her return to the University of Adelaide, she was funded by River’s Gift to complete her thesis and PhD qualification, under the supervision of Professor Roger Byard.
Working with the world’s leading SIDS research specialists, led by Professor Hannah Kinney, our researchers focused purely on consolidating the understanding of the underlying physiological and genetic mechanisms resulting in a SIDS death, and the development of neuro-diagnostic methods to allow the identification of infants who may have a vulnerability to SIDS.
Through funding the training of scientists in the field of SIDS research, River’s Gift have re-established Australia’s profile in the world of SIDS research and provide a local point of contact for expert knowledge and information.
Furthermore, partnerships with other international SIDS organisations will promote the integration of expert knowledge, new learnings, research development and the enhancement of awareness across the globe.
Currently River’s Gift are funding a 3 year genetic research project with the University of South Australia.
We have further research and education projects identified and aim to commit to these in future. With your help, we can do this! Let’s work together to Stamp Out SIDS.
More reading about the Impact we are making
Dr Jhodie Duncan – The River’s Gift Scientific Coordinator presenting her work at an International SIDS and Stillbirth Conference.
Alex & Karl pictured (above) with researcher Fiona Bright (en route to Boston) Dr. Jhodie Duncan and Professor Roger Byard.