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.

About Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute together deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, Seattle Children’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, and emergency and outreach services to families from around the world.

Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention, bioethics and much more.

Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association work together to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care, clinical care and research. The foundation receives nearly 80,000 gifts each year, from lemonade stand proceeds to corporate sponsorships. Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, serving as the umbrella organization for 450 groups of people who turn an activity they love into a fundraiser. Support from the foundation and guild association makes it possible for Seattle Children’s care and research teams to improve the health and well-being of all kids.

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