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.
Dr. Merilee Brockway (top) and Dr. Kozeta Miliku (bottom) presented their most recent work on breast milk and breastfeeding to their colleagues at the Canadian Perinatal Research Meeting, held last week in beautiful Banff.
Dr. Brockway presented a qualitative study on breastfeeding self-efficacy (shown above), as well as her latest research on maternal secretor status in relation to donor human milk in a separate presentation.
Dr. Miliku presented her recent work on the relationship between human milk oligosaccharide (HMO) profiles and asthma development. Congratulations to both on this great opportunity to share and network!
National representatives from DOHaD Canada, which advances understanding of the developmental origins of health and disease, met today at the beautiful Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (pictured above). This was the first DOHaD Canada Council meeting attended by Dr. Azad since it was announced she has been approved for a three-year term as Manitoba representative (2020-2023). Congratulations to Dr. Azad and DOHaD Canada on their newest Council member!
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funding announcement and launch of the International Milk Composition (IMiC) Consortium
The University of Manitoba announced this week that Dr. Azad has received $6.5 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to assemble an international network for comprehensive description of the contents of human milk in relation to infant growth.
For the second time in a week, CTV hosted Dr. Azad to talk about her research on breast milk and breastfeeding, this time to introduce the IMiC Consortium (to see the clip, click here).
Dr. Azad was also interviewed by CBC and coverage of the announcement made the front page of the Winnipeg Free Press. (Please note: Subscription required to access article full-text. A scanned PDF of the article can be accessed by clicking here).
All in all a great week for breast milk research and breastfeeding awareness!
Meghan Azad and Sarah Turner hosted by Maralee Caruso on CTV to promote upcoming Café Scientifique "Got Breast Milk?" event
Promoting the benefits of breast milk and breastfeeding while acknowledging challenges women face every day, Dr. Azad and PhD student Sarah Turner were interviewed about their upcoming Café Scientifique event with Dr. Nathan Nickel and Dr. Lauren Kelly. Event this Wednesday, Feb. 5th, 7pm at McNally Robinson, Grant Park location.
Thanks Maralee for helping get the word out! To see the full clip, click here.
New CHILD video about the importance of baby's microbiome wins national knowledge mobilization award from CIHR
The CHILD Cohort Study and a Baby’s Microbiome (see it on Youtube) takes us on a journey into the animated world of a baby’s gut microbiome. It shares CHILD research discoveries that are helping us to understand allergies, asthma, obesity and everyday health and wellbeing – especially during childhood.
The video won the Runner-Up Prize and $1,000 as part of the Canadian Institute of Health Research knowledge mobilization video competition "IHDCYH Talks". Illustrations and animation were designed by RichToons. Thanks to everyone who went online to vote for the video!
Join us for a FREE learning event on breast milk, called "Breast Milk Scientific", featuring 7 experts in human milk and breastfeeding, including Dr. Azad, from Feb. 3-7, 2020. Click here to register!
This event is part of the official launch for the Breast Milk & Microbiome online course, brought to you by the makers of the award-winning movie "Microbirth", which Dr. Azad was also part of. The course and movie are available for purchase here.
Congratulations Dr. Kozeta Miliku, Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Azad Lab, for winning this prestigious award, recognizing outstanding mentorship in the fields of airways and allergic diseases. Through her tireless support of students and fellow trainees, Kozeta has demonstrated the exceptional qualities of a mentor that Michelle Harkness embodied throughout her life and career.
Dr. Miliku will receive the award at the Canadian Respiratory Conference in Niagara Falls, Ontario, on April 17, 2020. More information on the award can be accessed here.
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