The Splash of Red Foundation funds $25,000 scholarship to examine genetic factors in SIDS.
COMMUNITY GROUP BEHIND NEW GENETIC RESEARCH INTO SIDS
The Splash of Red Foundation has given genetic research into SIDS a huge boost by awarding a research scholarship of $25,000 to young Centenary Institute scientist Annie Evans. The scholarship, the second awarded to the Molecular Cardiology Research Program, is funded solely through the amazing fundraising events of the Splash of Red Foundation.
As part of Professor Chris Semsarian’s cardiac research team at the Centenary Institute, Annie will study the potential role of genetic factors in SIDS. Annie will examine key genes that may be responsible for potentially deadly electrical disturbances in the hearts of babies to hopefully prevent this heart-breaking disease.
Professor Semsarian said: “While major advances have been made in understanding SIDS, many questions remain unanswered. Identifying gene faults which may lead to SIDS will be an important advance in trying to identifying babies at risk of SIDS.”
The Splash of Red Foundation is a not-for-profit, charitable organisation dedicated to raising awareness and funds for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Sudden Unexpected Death in Childhood (SUDC). Their next event is a Sparkling Afternoon High Tea on Sunday 20 November 2011 at The Prime Minister’s Official Residence Kirribilli House.