ISPID - International Society for the Study and Prevention of Perinatal and Infant Death
ISPID - International Society for the Study and Prevention of Perinatal and Infant Death

International Society for the Study and Prevention of Perinatal and Infant Death

About GAPS

Great strides have been made in research into sudden infant death: pioneering theories have been developed and interventions deployed that have saved the lives of countless infants, such as the era-defining Back to Sleep campaign of the early 1990s. Yet thousands of infants still die every year due to causes that remain elusive. Action needs to be taken to prioritise which research should be funded in the future.

The GAPS project is a global research collaboration led by ISPID, The Lullaby Trust (UK), SIDS and Kids (Australia) and the American SIDS Institute. Its aim is to identify which gaps in research, if filled, have the most potential to reduce further the number of sudden unexpected infant deaths (SUID, also known as SUDI) around the world in the next 10 years.

GAPS is based on a well-established research process that taps into the knowledge and experience of researchers, clinicians, affiliated professionals and families affected by the sudden death of an infant.

Using survey methods, literature reviews and a series of international workshops, we are working to build consensus on the top research priorities. This will culminate in a paper which will inform where future funding in SUID research should be directed. Find out more about the GAPS process and current progress here.

GAPS Steering Group

Associate Prof Leanne Raven
Chair, ISPID
CEO, SIDS and Kids, Australia
Dr Peter Blair
Deputy Chair, ISPID
University of Bristol, UK
Dr Betty L McEntire
Secretary, ISPID
CEO, American SIDS Institute
Dr Fern R Hauck
Treasurer, ISPID
University of Virginia, USA
Francine Bates
Organisational Board member, ISPID        
CEO, The Lullaby Trust, UK
Lucy Lyus
Research and Information Manager
The Lullaby Trust, UK
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