Aaron Matthew Research Foundation of Cribs for Kids

Cribs for Kids has expanded its mission with the formation of a research component, The Aaron Matthew Research Foundation of Cribs for Kids. This foundation will support the Aaron Matthew SIDS Research Guild of Seattle Children’s Hospital, whose innovative research brings together some of the world’s top medical scientists and provides data science expertise from the private sector.  More importantly, this research will help to solve a medical mystery that has vexed researchers for decades: what causes Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), and what can be done to prevent it? According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are approximately 3,600 deaths attributed to Sudden Unexpected Infant Death, of which SIDS is a subcategory, annually.

The Aaron Matthew SIDS Research Guild, named after John and Heather Kahan’s son who died of SIDS shortly after his birth, was established to fund much-needed research in this field at Seattle Children’s Hospital Integrative Brain Research Institute (Seattle Children’s). Researchers from Seattle Children’s, New York University, Langone Medical Center, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, University of Virginia, University of Auckland and University of Bristol England are working to solve this terrible mystery. The guild was formed in 2017 and includes leaders from Accenture, Adobe, Tata Consulting, Marriott Hotels, Microsoft and Seattle Children’s.

The Aaron Matthew Foundation of Cribs for Kids is overseen by an advisory board consisting of Michael H. Goodstein, M.D., F.A.A.P., who sits on the board of Cribs for Kids and is a member of the SIDS Taskforce of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Nino Ramirez, M.D., who leads the Integrative Brain Research Institute at Seattle Children’s Hospital and John Kahan, President of the Aaron Matthew SIDS Research Guild. John Kahan works at Microsoft, where he is Chief Data Analytics Officer for Corporate, External and Legal Affairs. His world-class team of data scientists have volunteered thousands of hours to Seattle Children’s Integrative Brain Research Institute developing technology tools to aid in SIDS research.

10% of the proceeds from the sale of every Cribette will be used to fund research that is being conducted at Seattle Children’s Hospital and throughout the country by way of the newly formed Foundation.