Research is conducted in pursuit of our strategy: to halve the number of SIDS by 2020 and continue to reduce sudden and unexplained deaths in infancy. The Grantholders meeting is an opportunity for researchers from a diverse range of specialties to share their findings with colleagues and guests to further their own and others’ knowledge of sudden infant death.

This year’s Grantholders meeting is taking place on Thursday 14th September at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), London. Grantholders will present on the research they are undertaking and there will also be the opportunity to hear about new research projects which will be funded through 2017 and 2018.

RCPCH has approved this activity for continuing professional development (CPD) in accordance with the current RCPCH CPD Guidelines.

Registration opens at 12.15pm with a sandwich lunch and the Grantholders Meeting will start at 1pm.


12.15: Lunch and registration

13.00: Welcome and opening remarks

Presented by Prof Helen Ball, Chair, The Lullaby Trust Scientific Committee

13.10: The feasibility of a new approach for improving infant sleep-sharing safety: Final report on Let’s Talk About Sleep! in NHS Sunderland and NHS Fife

Presented by Prof Helen Ball

13.45: Oto Acoustic Signals Investigation Study update

The limitations of post-hoc recruitment to research studies: the potential value of establishing disease registers for future research

Presented by Prof Peter Fleming, Consultant Paediatrician, University Hospitals Bristol

14.20: Sudden unexpected death in childhood (SUDC): characteristics, autopsy findings and investigation

Presented by Dr Victoria Bryant, Clinical Research Associate, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

14.55: Coffee break

15.10: The prevalence of Long QT Syndrome gene variants in SIDS

Presented by Dr Robert Coombs, Consultant Neonatologist (retired), Sheffield Teaching Hospitals

15:45: New research projects for 2017 and closing remarks

  • Investigating the microbiome of sudden unexpected deaths in infancy and childhood
  • Cessation in pregnancy incentives trial (CPIT)

Presented by:

  • Prof Helen Ball
  • Prof Neil Sebire, Professor of Paediatric Pathology, Great Ormond St Hospital
  • Prof David Tappin, Professor of Clinical Trials for Children, Glasgow University

16.30: Meeting close

Presented by Prof Helen Ball

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