SIDS and Sleep Apnoea Research

The SIDS and Sleep Apnoea Research Group is associated with the Hospital's busy Sleep Disorders Unit and is led by Professor Karen Waters. We conduct clinical research about sleep apnoea and other breathing problems in children with a strong focus on achieving the best treatment outcomes possible for patients.

Our aim is to optimise sleep and breathing in children who have complex problems such as obesity, endocrine problems or who have developed issues following surgery or treatment for other conditions. This work has important outcomes in minimising hospital stays for children and keeping them out of intensive care. It also reduces the problem of long term complications associated with children who are unable to sleep properly.

Our laboratory research focuses on risk factors for SIDS, including nicotine exposure and intermittent hypoxia.