We are currently researching into

Infant Mortality

New Zealand experiences a dramatically high number of sudden unexpected deaths in infancy (SUDI) when compared comparably wealthy countries, with vast ethnic disparities.

Funding Amount:

$275,500.00

In Progress Research

An MRI study into the effect of maternal sleep position

Late stillbirth (after 28 weeks of pregnancy) is a tragedy that often happens without any explanation. Approximately 300 babies are stillborn in New Zealand each year, and around 140 of these happen after 28 weeks gestation. [1] Mother’s sleep position is a risk factor for late stillbirth Professor Peter Stone and his University of Auckland research group have shown that…

SUDI risk assessment and targeted care tool

Every year between 40 and 50 babies die from sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI) in New Zealand. Typically, a quarter of these deaths are from the Counties Manukau Health (CMH) area. Māori and Pacific families are most affected by SUDI. An algorithm that predicts SUDI risk and identifies needs The Survive and Thrive 2025 web-tool can accurately identify individualised…

Mining big data to identify risk factors for sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI)

Mining big data to identify new risk factors for sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI) Every year in New Zealand, around one in every 200 pregnancies ends in stillbirth[1] and 40 to 60 babies die suddenly in their sleep.[2] Both are frightening prospects for parents and some babies are more vulnerable than others. Microsoft scientists are mining big data for…

Using ‘big data’ to identify new risk factors for sudden unexpected death in infancy

Professor Ed Mitchell University of Auckland What is the problem and who does it affect?  Rates of sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI) – previously known as SIDS or cot death – have fallen significantly since the late 1980s. A large share of this reduction is due to the “Back to Sleep” campaign, and the research informing it, which advised…

An individual participant data meta-analysis of going-to-sleep position and risk of late pregnancy stillbirth

Professor Lesley McCowan University of Auckland  What is the problem and who does it affect? Late stillbirth – the loss of a baby in the womb after 28 weeks of pregnancy – still affects around 1000 babies and families in New Zealand and Australia each year. The long-term effects of such a shock on a family can be devastating, heightened by…

Cot death brochure

Cure Kids Despite great advances in the understanding of predisposing causes around sudden and unexpected death in infancy (SUDI), New Zealand rates remain stubbornly high when compared to other developed nations. Many leading experts in this field believe we have elucidated a number of risk factors through robust research that, if implemented correctly, could cause a precipitative drop in SUDI…



Recently Completed Research

Implementing a safe sleep calculator into primary care to identify and address risk in infants more vulnerable to SUDI

Professor Ed Mitchell University of Auckland What is the problem and who does it affect? A pioneering study into sudden unexpected death infancy (SUDI), by Prof Ed Mitchell, in the late 1980s, achieved great success, saving an estimated 3,000 babies in the time since it was implemented. However, we still lose around 50 babies to SUDI each year. Families from…