Seattle researchers’ groundbreaking work to detect, prevent SIDS

Seattle researchers’ groundbreaking work to detect, prevent SIDS

Source: KIRO TV

For Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) scientists at Seattle Children’s Research Institute, families like that of Ginger White, who passed away due to SIDS in 2008, are motivation to find out why these babies are dying. “It's probably the greatest medical mystery,” said Dr. Daniel Rubens. Rubens is a Seattle Children's Anesthesiologist by trade. But for the past decade, he's also been dedicated to studying SIDS. His 2008 study was the first to find a link between inner ear damage and SIDS. The paper got a lot of attention and sparked some controversy. “I was pretty curious, a little skeptical to be honest, and then we started to talk, and I thought wow, this is really out of the blue, out of the box, said Dr. Nino Ramirez, director of the Integrative Brain Research Center at Children’s. The unique partnership between Ramirez and Rubens was key to the newest findings. After years of experimenting, Rubens, Ramirez and a team of more than a dozen other Children’s scientists now say they know what's happening.

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