In 1974, landmark legislation—the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Act (P.L. 93-270)—gave the NICHD the statutory responsibility to oversee SIDS research. The Institute’s ultimate goal is to eliminate SIDS.
To reach this aim, it is important to understand the underlying causes and mechanisms of the syndrome, to develop strategies to identify infants at high risk for sudden death, and to develop and implement preventive strategies that can effectively reduce the incidence of SIDS across diverse populations.1
The NICHD outlined some of the progress made in understanding SIDS and its mechanisms in Targeting SIDS: A Strategic Plan. This Plan also identifies and describes several ongoing research efforts related to SIDS, including:
For a more detailed explanation of these efforts, visit Targeting SIDS: A Strategic Plan.
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