Over the past few years Australian research has significantly contributed to identifying pieces of the SIDS puzzle.
Professor Roger Byard and Dr Fiona Bright (both based in SA) have been involved in research which has helped to enhance our understanding of SIDS by identifying serotonin abnormalities in SIDS cases and increasing our understanding of the role of Substance P in SIDS cases.
Researchers at Westmead Children’s hospital in Sydney have also contributed by making a connection between SIDS and a lack of Orexin (a particular type of brain protein which helps regulate sleep arousal) and SIDS and lower levels of Butyrylcholinesterase (BChE).

SIDS is complex and although we may have many pieces to the SIDS puzzle there is still much work to be done. Click on the links below to read more about the research.

Click on the links below to read more about the research.