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Welcome to The Durham Infancy & Sleep Centre

The Durham Infancy & Sleep Centre (DISC) headed by Professor Helen Ball is the home for a group of researchers examining various aspects of infant and child sleep and parenting behaviour.

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4700 Hours of video monitoring sleeping babies
5000 Families have taken part
95 academic papers published
Over 10,000 Facebook followers

Our research

Our research covers a broad range of topics including infant and child sleep ecology, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), parental sleep, postnatal ward environments and maternal-infant sleep, and cross-cultural infant care practices.

DISC members collaborate with academics from a wide range of disciplines around the world, and with a variety of research users. In 2018 our research won Durham University the Queen’s Anniversary Prize.
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BASIS online is a project funded by the ESRC to translate research evidence on infant sleep into accessible material for use in policy and practice by parents and health professionals.

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Department of Anthropology

The Durham Infancy & Sleep Centre (formerly the Parent-Infant Sleep Lab) is a research centre of the Department of Anthropology. It's one of the largest Anthropology Departments in the UK and one of only a few to span Social Anthropology, Evolutionary Anthropology and Anthropology of Health.

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Phone: 0191 334 0260