Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID): Research, Success and Challenges

ASIP/AMCHP Webinar Series #1
11 February 2010

In their ongoing efforts to support State and Local Maternal and Child Health Programs, the Association of SIDS and Infant Mortality Programs (ASIP) and the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) are pleased to co-sponsor a series of quarterly webinars to strengthen SUID, SIDS, Infant Safe Sleep and bereavement services across the U.S. These live, interactive webinars are meant to provide participants with consistent, current information, data, resources and tools regarding SUID, SIDS, Infant Safe Sleep, and bereavement.

The first webinar was held on February 11, 2010 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm EST, and featured two internationally recognized experts on SIDS and SUID, Dr. Marian Willinger and Dr. Rachel Moon.

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In this section, Webinar moderators give brief introductions to the organizations they represent, and describe other related resources and information centers.

  • Sandra Frank, President, describes the Association of SIDS and Infant Mortality Programs (ASIP).
  • Vanessa White, Associate Director for Women's and Infant Health, describes the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP).
  • Mary Adkins, Project Director for Project IMPACT, describes the four MCHB-funded SUID/SIDS Centers
  • Sandra Frank provides an introduction and overview of the Webinar

Advances in SIDS Research



Dr. Marian Willinger, Ph.D., is Health Science Administrator and special assistant for SIDS at the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development where her responsibilities include direction of the Institute's SIDS research program.

Dr. Willinger presented Advances in SIDS Research.

SIDS and SUID: Celebrating Successes and Confronting New Challenges


Rachel Moon, MD


Dr. Rachel Moon, MD, is Director of Academic Development for the Goldberg Center for Community Pediatric Health at Children's National Medical Center and Professor of Pediatrics at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She was recently appointed Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force on Infant Positioning and SIDS.

Dr. Moon presented SIDS and SUID: Celebrating Successes and Confronting New Challenges.

Webinar Resources

Recent Resources

Kind T, Wallace J, Moon RY. November 2008. The digital divide: A comparison of online consumer health information for African-American and general audiences. Journal of the National Medical Association 100(11):1333-1340.

Moon RY, Horne RS, Hauck FR. Nov 3, 2007. Sudden infant death syndrome. Lancet 370(9598): 1578-1587.

Moon RY, Kington M, Oden R, et al. Physician recommendations regarding SIDS risk reduction: A national survey of pediatricians and family physicians. November 2007. Clinical Pediatrics (Phila) 46(9):791-800. Epub 2007 Jul 19.

Willinger M, Ko CW, Reddy UM. November 2009. Racial disparities in stillbirth risk across gestation in the United States. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 201(5):469.e1-8. Epub 2009 Sep 17.

Reddy UM, Ko CW, Raju TN, Willinger M. July 2009. Delivery indications at late-preterm gestations and infant mortality rates in the United States. Pediatrics 124(1):234-240.

Kinney HC, Randall LL, Sleeper LA, Willinger M, et al. November 2003. Serotonergic brainstem abnormalities in Northern Plains Indians with the sudden infant death syndrome. Journal of Neuropathology & Experimental Neurology 62(11):1178-1191.

Duncan JR, Paterson DS, Hoffman JM et al. February 3, 2010. Brainstem serotonergic deficiency in sudden infant death syndrome. JAMA 303(5):430-437. Newly released research findings from Children's Hospital Boston on the link between serotonin and sudden infant death.

Reducing the Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in Child Care. Healthy Child Care America's new online module. Association of SIDS and Infant Mortality Programs. Featured resources include the joint ASIP and NFIMR bibliography, the Annotated bibliography on grief and bereavement following pregnancy loss, perinatal and infant death (updated 2009).

National Programs and Resources

State Infant Mortality Collaborative. Information and publications from the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) and the Collaborative.

Project IMPACT's research page links to research funded by federal agencies and SIDS organizations.

National Institutes of Health Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Publications and recent new items related to the Back to Sleep campaign.

National Sudden and Unexpected Infant/Child Death & Pregnancy Loss Resource Center. Current bibliographies on sudden unexpected infant death in African-American, Hispanic, and Native communities.

First Candle's resources for professionals, new and expectant parents, and grieving families.

National Sudden and Unexpected Infant/Child Death & Pregnancy Loss Project at the National Center for Cultural Competence.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's SUID initiative.

American Academy of Pediatrics' policy statement, The Changing Concept of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: Diagnostic Coding Shifts, Controversies Regarding the Sleeping Environment, and New Variables to Consider in Reducing Risk. [2005 statement re-affirmed in 2009].


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