Laura Gould Crandall, MA
Laura Gould Crandall, MA is a research scientist in the Department of Neurology at the NYU School of Medicine, co-investigator of the SUDC Registry and Research Collaborative, and president and executive director of the SUDC Foundation. Laura is also a licensed physical therapist in New Jersey and New York. She earned her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from New York University in 1990 and 1996.
In 1997, Laura lost her first child, Maria, to Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) at the age of 15 months. After investigations led to inconclusive answers, Laura became convinced that the system could and should be changed to ensure more thorough examinations into childhood deaths. She began advocating for child death investigation legislation in New Jersey, playing an intrinsic role in the passing of two laws in 2000 and 2006. In 2014, “The Sudden Unexpected Death Data Enhancement and Awareness Act” was signed into law by President Obama. At the SUDC Foundation, Laura strives to support families by upholding the mission of being the centralized resource for SUDC information, support, advocacy, and crucial research. Laura’s work has also been tremendously important to the epilepsy community, as a third of SUDC cases have a history of febrile seizure.
Laura is a member of the National Association of Medical Examiners, an advisory member of the National Sudden Death In the Young (SDY) registry, an executive board member of the North American SUDEP Registry (NASR), executive officer of the (Federal) Organization for Scientific Area Committees (OSAC), subcommittee for medicolegal death investigation, and board member of the National Forensic Science Commission’s subcommittee on medicolegal death investigation.
In 2015, she was the recipient of the “Portrait of Courage” award from the National Organization of Rare Disorders (NORD).
Laura lives in New Jersey with her three daughters, Lily, Abigail and Grace.