Recent Scientific Publications on Sudden Infant Death

Please find below a reference list of recently published, peer-reviewed papers relating to SIDS or SUDI. The references have kindly been supplied by members of ISPID and may include papers in press. Any publication will be listed here for no longer than 2 years.


Baddock SA, Tipene-Leach D, Williams SM, Tangiora A, Jones R, Iosua E, Macleod EC, Taylor BJ. Wahakura versus bassinet for safe infant sleep: a randomized trial. Pediatrics 2017; 139 (2). doi:10.1542/peds.2016-0162

Bright FM, Byard RW, Vink R, Paterson DS. Medullary serotonin neuron abnormalities in an Australian cohort of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. J Neuropathol Exp Neurol 2017; 76 (10): 864-873. doi:10.1093/jnen/nlx071

Byard RW, Bright F, Vink R. Why is a prone sleeping position dangerous for certain infants? Forensic Sci Med Pathol 2017. doi:10.1007/s12024-017-9941-y

Cohen E, Wong FY, Wallace EM, Mockler JC, Odoi A, Hollis S, Horne RSC, Yiallourou SR. Fetal-growth-restricted preterm infants display compromised autonomic cardiovascular control on the first postnatal day but not during infancy. Pediatr Res 2017; 82 (3): 474-482. doi:10.1038/pr.2017.105

Goldwater PN. Infection: the neglected paradigm in SIDS research. Arch Dis Child 2017; 102: 767-772. doi:10.1136/archdischild-2016-312327

Goldwater PN. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, infection, prone sleep position, and vagal neuroimmunology. Front Pediatr 2017; 5: 223. doi:10.3389/fped.2017.00223

Hauck FR, McEntire BL, Raven LK, Bates FL, Lyus LA, Willett AM, Blair PS. Research priorities in sudden unexpected infant death: an international consensus. Pediatrics 2017; 140 (2): e20163514. doi:10.1542/peds.2016-3514

Horne RS, Fung AC, NcNeil S, Fyfe KL, Odoi A, Wong FY. The longitudinal effects of persistent apnea on cerebral oxygenation in infants born preterm. J Pediatr 2017; 182: 79-84. doi:10.1016/j.jpeds.2016.11.081

Mage DT, Donner EM. Epidemiology of sudden unexpected death in infancy: evidence from the London metropolitan police project Indigo Investigation. J Paediatr Neonat Dis 2017; 2 (1): 101.

Yiallourou SR, Wallace EM, Whatley C, Odoi A, Hollis S, Weichard AJ, Muthusamy JS, Varma S, Cameron J, Narayan O, Horne RSC. Sleep: A window into autonomic control in children born preterm and growth restricted. Sleep 2017; 40 (5). doi:10.1093/sleep/zsx048


Horne RS, Fyfe KL, Odoi A, Athukoralage A, Yiallourou SR, Wong FY. Dummy/ pacifier use in preterm infants increases blood pressure and improves heart rate control. Pediatr Res 2016; 79 (2): 325-332. doi:10.1038/pr.2015.212

Mage DT. A chemical engineer looks at SIDS. Editorial. Scand J For Sci 2016; 22 (1): II-III. [PDF available here to logged-in members]

Mage DT, Latorre ML, Jenik AG, Donner EM. The role of respiratory infection in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Scand J For Sci 2016; 22 (1): 15-20. doi:10.1515/sjfs-2016-0004

Mathews A, Joyner BL, Oden RP, He J, McCarter R, Moon RY. Messaging affects the behavior of african american parents with regards to soft bedding in the infant sleep environment: a randomized controlled trial. J Pediatr 2016; 175: 79-85. doi:10.1016/j.jpeds.2016.05.004

Pease AS, Fleming PJ, Hauck FR, Moon RY, Horne RSC, PhD, L'Hoir MP, Ponsonby AL, Blair PS. Swaddling and the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: a meta- analysis. Pediatrics 2016; 137 (6): e20153275. doi:10.1542/peds.2015-3275


Andrisani G, Andrisani G. The mesencephalic nucleus of the trigeminal nerve and the SIDS. Medical Hypotheses 2015; 84 (1): 8-10. doi:10.1016/j.mehy.2014.11.005

Blair PS. Co-sleeping and suffocation. Forensic Sci Med Pathol 2015; 11 (2): 281-282. doi:10.1007/s12024-015-9658-8

Fleming PJ, Blair PS. Making informed choices on co-sleeping with your baby. BMJ 2015; 350: h563. doi:10.1136/bmj.h563

Fleming PJ, Blair PS, Pease A. Sudden unexpected death in infancy: aetiology, pathophysiology, epidemiology and prevention in 2015. Arch Dis Child 2015; 100 (10): 984-988. doi:10.1136/archdischild-2014-306424

Fleming P, Pease A, Blair P. Bed-sharing and unexpected infant deaths: what is the relationship? Paediatr Respir Rev 2015; 16 (1): 62-67. doi:10.1016/j.prrv.2014.10.008

Goldwater PN. Gut microbiota and immunity: possible role in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Front Immunol 2015; 6: 269. doi:10.3389/fimmu.2015.00269

Horne RS, Hauck FR, Moon RY. Sudden infant death syndrome and advice for safe sleeping. Review. BMJ 2015; 350: h1989. doi:10.1136/bmj.h1989

Hunt CE, Darnall RA, McEntire BL, Hyma BA. Assigning cause for sudden unexpected infant death. Forensic Sci Med Pathol 2015; 11 (2): 283-288. doi:10.1007/s12024-014-9650-8

Mage DT, Donner EM. An explanation of the 25% male excess mortality for all children under 5. Scand J Forens Sci 2015; 21 (2): 99-102. doi:10.1515/sjfs-2015-0001

Waite AJ, Coombs RC, McKenzie A, Daman-Willems Ch, Cohen MC, Campbell MJ, Carpenter RG. Mortality of babies enrolled on a community-based support programme: CONI PLUS (Care of Next Infant Plus). Arch Dis Child 2015; 100: 637-642. doi:10.1136/archdischild-2014-307232