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28 March 2022 - 28 April 2022

9:00AM - 5:30PM

Calman Learning Centre, Durham University, Stockton Road, DH1 1LE

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Please join us for a celebration of 20+ years of work at Durham Infancy and Sleep Centre. Several international speakers will be sharing how they've implemented aspects of our research in practice. Our aim for the conference is to inspire you to use research to make change.

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April 2022 marks the 22nd Anniversary of the official opening of the Parent-Infant Sleep Lab, now known as Durham Infancy & Sleep Centre. This event will be a celebration of 22 years of research conducted by the Infancy and Sleep Centre team. During this time we have produced over 100 academic journal articles and book chapters, in addition to professional and public-facing publications. The research has involved funding from UK+ Research Councils and NIHR, medical research charities and foundations, Scottish Government, and internal funding from Durham University. We invite practitioners interested in evidence-based practice, and researchers interested in how research is translated into practice to join us  online for a celebration of research and impact.


Conference Schedule

  • James McKenna, Univ. Notre Dame - 20 Years of Research-Led Changes

Prof McKenna will be MC for the conference and wrap up the day by sharing his insights on the past 20 years.

  • Janette Westman, Unicef UK BFI - Caring for Babies at Night

UNICEF UK Baby Friendly guidance and recommendations around the care of babies during the night.

  • Kathleen Marinelli, Academy Bf Medicine - Breastfeeding and Bed-sharing

The latest Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine protocol for clinicians worldwide.

  • Kristin Tully, Univ. North Carolina - ‘Couplet Care’ and the 4th Trimester

An innovative new approach to mother-baby care for US post-natal wards.

  • Jeanine Young, Univ. Sunshine Coast - Reducing preventable sleep-related infant death in priority populations

The role of evidence-based responsive and practical public health strategies.

  • Lea Geiger and Lisa Sutherland, British Columbia Perinatal Services – Safer Infant sleep: A Shared Responsibility 

The British Columbia-wide safer sleep: family centered, trauma informed and culturally safe approach to infant sleep. 


Alongside talks from the conference speakers, there will be poster presentations showcasing current DISC research and the work of other researchers within the field.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact


Programme of the day

08:45 Registrations and welcome  
09:30 Jeanine Young Reducing preventable sleep-related infant death in priority populations
10:30 Janette Westman Caring for babies at night
11:15 Coffee Break  
11:45 Kathie Marinelli Breastfeeding and bed-sharing
12:45 Lunch  
13:45 Kristin Tully Renovating postnatal unit care for patient safety and wellness 
14:45 Lisa Sutherland and Lea Geiger Safer Infant sleep: A Shared Responsibility 
15:45 James McKenna 20 Years of Research-Led Changes
16:30 Finish  


Online: £25

Registration to attend online is £25.00 and will provide you with access to a recording of the event.