Azad Lab research members, Merilee Brockway and Sarah Turner have published an article with The Conversation Canada. The article is focused on raising awareness how COVID is changing breastfeeding supports and what is available to families during this challenging time.
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Azad Lab publishes article about the consumption of artificial sweeteners during pregnancy and how it increases offspring’s risk for obesity
The findings build upon Dr. Azad’s previous CHILD research, which found prenatal non-nutritive sweeteners (NNS) consumption doubled a baby’s risk of being clinically overweight by age one, lead researchers to the current study. Experiments with mice and cell cultures found that maternal NNS intake during pregnancy caused elevated body weight, an accumulation of body fat, and insulin resistance in the offspring. Click here for the story
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Dr. Azad is recruited by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to head up breast milk study worth $6.5 million
Making a difference: with a $6.5 million grant from the Gates Foundation, Researcher Meghan Azad is preparing to launch a new study that could enhance the health of infants around the world. Click here for article.
The COVID pandemic has added another layer to Dr. Azad’s current research with “Science Meets Parliament". These scientific experts and political leaders have to come together to bridge the gap between scientific research and policy making at the political level. Steps are being taken to ensure policy making is done using evidence based science.
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Dr. Azad has teamed up with CIFAR to share her expertise in Microbiome research. CIFAR is a Canadian-based global charitable organization that convenes extraordinary minds to address the most important questions facing science and humanity. The researchers met virtually on March 11, 2020 to discuss laying the foundation for new microbiome curriculum for Public Health. Click here for more on this exciting and innovative topic.
Despite challenges due to the COVID epidemic, Shirin Moossavi (top left) successfully defended her PhD thesis online, apparently from the ruins of Persepolis! The proceedings were chaired by Dr. Miguel Uyaguari-Diaz from the Department of Microbiology. The external examiner was Dr. Jayne Danska from the University of Toronto. Examiners from the University of Manitoba included Dr. John Wylie, Dr. Meaghan Jones, Dr. Denice Bay, and, of course, thesis supervisor Dr. Meghan Azad (lower right).
Thanks to the many friends, colleagues, family members and supporters who turned into the presentation on Zoom and on Youtube! The online format allowed for more people to see the defense than would likely have been possible in person, contributing to the overall success of the event.
Congratulations, Dr. Moossavi, on this exciting accomplishment!
From the article: "It’s an exciting time for breast milk research at the U of M, thanks to a $6.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Meghan Azad, an assistant professor in the department of pediatrics and child health at the U of M, was awarded the grant to establish the International Milk Composition (IMiC) Consortium that will analyze breast milk to better inform maternal and infant nutrition." Click to read the article: "A sizeable contribution to breast milk research". Thanks to Jennifer Carneiro and the Manitoban, U of M's student newspaper, for helping to spread the word about this exciting project!
Dr. Azad appointed as Fellow to the "Humans & the Microbiome" Program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research
As a recently-appointed Fellow, Dr. Azad will have the opportunity to advance research in this exciting field with national and international colleagues.
From the website: "CIFAR is a Canadian-based global charitable organization that convenes extraordinary minds to address the most important questions facing science and humanity."
A recent article about Biomilq, a startup seeking to create a lab-grown alternative to breast milk using cultured mammary cells, has been published in the Atlantic Monthly. So far, the founders of Biomilq have been able to create cell cultures capable of synthesizing casein (milk protein) and lactose (milk sugar). Dr. Azad and other breast milk researchers responded cautiously to this futuristic potential alternative source of infant nutrition, indicating that ongoing support to facilitate breastfeeding for busy mothers should remain an important goal.
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