ISPID Epidemiology Working Group

The ISPID Epidemiology Working Group monitor the evidence of characteristics and risk factors associated with infants who die suddenly and unexpectedly. We try to meet at least once a year and attempt to clarify where we have consensus of opinion, and - just as importantly - outline precisely where we may differ in our interpretation of any findings. This has led to several review publications:

  • Vennemann MM, Hense HW, Bajanowski T, Blair PS, Complojer C, Moon RY, Kiechl-Kohlendorfer U. Bed sharing and the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: can we resolve the debate? J Pediatr 2012; 160 (1): 44-48.
  • Mitchell EA, Blair PS. SIDS prevention: 3000 lives saved but we can do better. N Z Med J 2012; 125 (1359):50-57.
  • Blair PS, Mitchell EA, Heckstall-Smith EM, Fleming PJ. Head Covering - A major modifiable risk factor for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: A systematic review. Arch Dis Child 2008; 93 (9): 778-783. Article
  • Venemann MMT, Hoffgen M, Bajanowski T, Hense HW, Mitchell EA. Do immunisations reduce the risk of SIDS? A meta-analysis. Vaccine 2007; 25: 4875-4879.
  • Kiechl-Kohlendorfer U, Moon RY. Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and child care centres (CCC). Acta Paediatrica 2008; 97: 844-845. Article

This Group actively seeks the contribution and potential input from any ISPID member with an interest in this field.