Congratulations Dr Karinna Fyfe, 2014 David Healy Prize for Medical Student PhD Research recipient. Karinna investigated cerebral oxygenation and cardiovascular control during sleep in preterm infants in order to determine why preterm infants are at increased risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Karinna found that during sleep, preterm babies display reduced brain oxygenation in the prone position compared to the supine position. Furthermore the babies display a lower brain oxygenation during sleep than their term counterparts.
Karinna’s study is providing further evidence to support the recommendation that all babies are placed on their backs during sleep, especially if they are born preterm, with the aim of eradicating SIDS deaths.
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