Past Locations & Keynote Speakers


Past AASPP Conference Hotels, Cities, Keynote Speakers and Presentations

2020—Conference Cancelled due to COVID-19
2019—Naples Beach Hotel, Naples, FL

Jan Marino “Nino” Ramirez, PhD—Professor of Pathology, Physiology and Biophysics, University of Washington School of Medicine

  • Physiology of Determinants of SIDS
  • Understanding Mechanisms of SIDS with a Look toward Prevention
2018—Naples Beach Hotel, Naples, FL

Roger Byard—Chair, Dept of Pathology, University of Adelaide, AU

  • The Brainstem Hypothesis in SIDS
  • How Co-Sleeping Deaths Differ from Other SUID
2017—Pink Shell Resort, Ft. Myers Beach, FL

Peter Blair, PhD—Reader in Medical Statistics, University of Bristol, UK

  • Bed Sharing and SIDS
  • Oto-Acoustic Signals Investigation Study (OASIS)
2016—Naples Beach Hotel, Naples, FL

Ed Mitchell, FRACP—Cure Kids Professor of Child Health Research, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

  • The Reduction in SUDI Mortality in New Zealand
  • Findings from the Nationwide SUDI Study (New Zealand Case Control Study, 2012-2015)
2015—Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, Sanibel Island, FL

Karen Fairchild, MD—Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA

  • To Breathe or Not to Breathe: Comprehensive Analysis of Apnea and Periodic Breathing in NICU Patients
  • Forecasting Adverse Events in Preterm Infants Through Cardiorespiratory Pattern Analysis
2014—Naples Beach Hotel, Naples, FL

Eric Eichenwald, MD— Chairman, Department of Pediatrics; Chief, Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine; Professor of Pediatrics; Assistant Dean for Children’s Health Care Quality; Physician-in-Chief Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, TX

  • Apnea and Reflux: Physiological or Phantasmal
  • The Long Goodbye: Discharge and Apnea of Prematurity
2013—Naples Beach Hotel, Naples, FL

David Gozal, MD—Herbert T. Abelson Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Chicago and Physician in Chief of the Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago, IL

  • Is the Polysomnogram Failing Us in the Diagnosis of Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
  • Epigenetics and Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A New Window Into End-Organ Susceptibility
2012—Hyatt Regency, Nicolette Mall, Minneapolis, MN

David Paterson, PhD—Instructor in the Department of Pathology, Children’s Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA

  • Medullary Serotonin Dysfunction in SIDS
  • The Genetics of SIDS
2011—South Seas Resort, Captiva Island, FL

Judy Owens, MD, MPH—Director of Sleep Medicine at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC

  • ABCs of ZZZs:  Innovations in Healthy Sleep Education
  • Starving for Sleep:  Sleep and the Pediatric Obesity Epidemic
2010—Sundial Resort, Sanibel Island, FL

Christian Poets, MD—Professor of Paediatrics at Tübingen University Hospital in Tübingen, Germany

  • Snoring in Children and Neurocognitive Impairment
  • SIDS and ALTE in the First Day of Life
2009—Chicago Marriot Miracle Mile, Chicago, IL

Brad Thach, MD— Professor of Pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO

  • Safe Sleep: From A Historical Perspective
  • SIDS Today: Accidental Suffocation, Cause of Death Undetermined, Bed Sharing Deaths, “True SIDS”
2008—Crystal City Marriott, Washington, DC

Bob Darnall, MD— Professor of Pediatrics and of Physiology at Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, NH

  • Serotonin, SIDS, and Thermoregulation:  Are they HOT or not?
  • Serotonin, SIDS, and Sleep: Arousals and Other Things
2007—Penn’s View Hotel, Philadelphia, PA

Patricia Franco, MD, PhD—Maitre de Conferences in Physiology at Claude Bernard University Lyon Pediatric Sleep Medicine Hospital Debrousse in Lyon, France

  • SIDS: from Epidemiology to Pathophysiology
  • Autonomic Nervous System and SIDS
2006—Hilton Garden Inn, Charlotte, NC

Ronald M. Harper, PhD—Distinguished Professor of Neurobiology David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA University of California at Los Angeles in Los Angeles, CA

  • What are the Consequences to the Brain, Behavior and Physiology from Disorders of Breathing During Sleep
  • Oxygen Supplementation: Where Does it Work in the Brain, and Why Does It Hurt so Much?
2005—Grand Hyatt Buckhead, Atlanta, GA

No Barry Fisher Memorial Speaker

2004—Bethesda Hyatt, Bethesda, MD

James Kemp, MD—Associate Professor of Pediatrics St. Louis University School of Medicine Director of Respiratory Care and The Sleep Medicine Clinic Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, MO

  • Bed-Sharing and Sudden Infant Death
  • Racial Disparity and SIDS
2003—Tremont Hotel, Chicago, IL

Peter Fleming, MB ChB, PhD—Professor Institute of Child Health Education Centre in Bristol, UK

  • SIDS: New Insights and Prospects for Prevention
  • SIDS In Preterm And Low Birthweight Infants: Are we Getting the Message Across, and What Should the Message Be?
2002—Hilton Garden Inn, City Center, Philadelphia, PA

Aurore Côté, MD—Associate Professor of Paediatrics, McGill University in Montreal, Canada

  • The Concept of Vulnerability in SIDS and ALTE Infants
  • Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy: Once a Chapter, Now a Textbook
2001—Intercontinental, Austin, TX

Thomas G. Keens, MD—Professor of Pediatrics, Physiology and Biophysics Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California Division of Pediatric Pulmonology Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in Los Angeles, CA

  • The CHIME Study:  Does Home Monitoring Prevent SIDS?
  • Can SIDS Happen to Normal Infants:  A Role for Hypoxia
2000—Westin, Key Largo, FL

Carl Hunt, MD—Professor, Department of Pediatrics Medical College of Ohio in Toledo, OH

  • The “G” Words in SIDS:  Guilt and Genetics
  • Health Consequences of Infant Sleep Position