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Department of Anthropology: Parent-Infant Sleep Lab

Conference 2018

'Coping with Infant Sleep'

In 2018 we will host an exciting line up of local and international speakers, including Dr Pam Douglas, medical director of the Possums Clinic, Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland, and author of The Discontented Little Baby Book. Other speakers include Professor Helen Ball, Dr Cecilia Tomori & Dr Charlotte Russell of Durham University, Dr Alanna Rudzik of SUNY Oneonta & Consultant Paediatrician Dr Vicky Thomas of Great North Children's Hospital.

The conference will address issues of contemporary interest to professionals and volunteers who work with and support parents, babies and new families, including new strategies for supporting parents with infant sleep in the first year; novel interventions around cosleeping safety; parental responses to education campaigns; factors influencing family sleep arrangements; and sleep patterns in breast & formula fed babies.

Provisional Schedule

09:45 Prof. Helen Ball Welcome
10:00 Dr Alanna Rudzik Sleeping like a Baby? Infant sleep development and maternal perceptions
10:45 Dr Charlotte Russell Risk & Realities: the unintended consequences of infant safe sleep campaigns
11:30 Dr Cecilia Tomori The power of culture in nighttime infant care
12:15 LUNCH
13:30 Dr Victoria Thomas What your paediatrician doesn’t know about infant sleep
14:00 Dr Pam Douglas The Possums Sleep Program: a new paradigm for optimal parent-infant sleep
15:15 BREAK
15:30 Prof. Helen Ball Coping with Infant Sleep: Possums for the UK
16:30 CLOSE

Registration Rates: £65 (Early bird £55); £45 unwaged (Early bird £35) Register now at to benefit from early-bird rates and college accommodation

When: Thursday 19th April, 2018 Times: 9am coffee and scones; 9:45am welcome - 4:30pm close

Where: Calman Learning Centre, Durham, DH1 3LE

Baby sitting and baby holding services are available on request, please enquire via Catherine Taylor,