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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