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SUDC Insights is the official blog of the SUDC Foundation which shares and discusses issues important to the understanding and the ultimate prevention of SUDC. If you have questions or issues you would like to see addressed in SUDC Insights, please let us know at sudcinsights@sudc.org.

Scientific Advisory Board Spotlight: Dr. Thomas Keens

In this edition of SUDC Insights, we would like to introduce you to one member of our Scientific Advisory Board, Dr. Thomas Keens. Dr. Keens is a pediatric pulmonologist, Professor of Pediatrics, Physiology and Neuroscience at Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California and serves as the Chair of the California SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) Advisory Council.

Our accomplishments in 2019 were possible because of you.

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Thank you so much for your support in 2019.Through the generosity of our supporters, the SUDC Foundation continued to advance our mission of promoting awareness, advocating for research, and supporting those affected by sudden unexpected or unexplained death in childhood. I would love to share some of this year’s highlights with you. 

Insight from the 2019 Annual Meeting of the National Association of Medical Examiners

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For over 15 years, the SUDC Foundation hasn’t missed the opportunity to attend the National Association of Medical Examiner’s (NAME) meeting. In order to achieve our mission to support those who have suffered the sudden, unexpected death of a child, we first need to connect with them. Medical examiners play a critical role by referring them to us. While pediatric and other medical professionals may be in contact with these bereaved families after the death of their child, medical examiners and coroners most definitely will be. Equally important, we rely on medical examiners and coroners to complete comprehensive investigations and gather crucial data to identify the most accurate causes of death for these children.

The SUDC Foundation and the SUDCRRC

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At the SUDC Foundation, we often address questions, from the families we serve in particular, on the relationship between the SUDC Foundation and the SUDC Registry and Research Collaborative (SUDCRRC). While the two entities frequently partner together to foster high-quality research and to promote family bereavement support throughout research participation and beyond, they are each their own independent entities.

Understanding Genetics Part 3: Not All Genetic Testing is the Same – Understanding TSP, WES, and WGS

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All "genetic testing" is not created equal. Genetic tests, just like the multitude of medical tests your physician may choose to order when you are sick, have their advantages and disadvantages as well as their indications and contraindications. If someone says. "I did genetic testing and it did not identify the cause of the death", it doesn't really convey valuable information or guidance to the receiver of that information. 

Being a Critical Consumer of Medical Research: Understanding Association Versus Causation

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You hear the rooster crow and then you see the sun rise. The next day, you hear the rooster crow again and the sun rises again. Days go by and this happens again and again. A young child may assume that the rooster is causing the sun to rise. As adults, and savvy students of science, we know better. The rooster crowing did not cause the sun to rise. The rooster crowing is associated with the sun rising. This is an old and often cited story to illustrate the difference between association and causation. And it’s a crucial topic to revisit when reviewing new research.

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