As part of Breastfeeding Awareness Week, a new invited post by Dr. Azad and Dr. Brockway, edited by Dr. Shreyas Kumbhare, appeared on the blog Science for Society, on the theme of "Why Breastfeeding Matters to Everyone". The post has already generated considerable activity online!
Here is a link to the blog post: https://www.scienceforsociety.online/post/breastfeeding-matters-to-everyone
Congratulations to Dr. Kozeta Miliku, Dr. Meghan Azad and colleagues on the release of their exciting work on human milk fatty acid composition, conducted with over 1,000 participants in the CHILD Study! This study provides unique insights about the “normal” variation in the composition of human milk fatty acids and the contributing dietary, genetic, sociodemographic, health, and environmental factors.
Here is a link to the study:
And also a link to our lab's very first Twitter Thread, exploring key results of this paper!
Dr. Azad was interviewed by CTV Winnipeg on this topic today. A great way to end National Breastfeeding Awareness Week!
Members from the Azad Lab and Kelly Lab hosted an outreach table in a high-traffic area of the medical school to raise awareness and support for breastfeeding, including information-sharing, lots of conversation, and stickers, as well as displays of life-size posters of breastfeeding mothers from the Winnipeg Breastfeeding Network, and medieval and religious paintings depicting breastfeeding provided by visiting scholar François-Joseph Lapointe. There was a lot of enthusiastic engagement, particularly from first- and second-year medical students! Thanks to everyone who helped to make this event such a success!
Dr. Merilee Brockway, Post-doctoral fellow in the Azad Lab, has been invited to present on her research at the International Donor Milk Conference to be held in Austin, Texas on April 20-21, 2020. The title of her presentation will be: Matching donor human milk based on maternal secretor status: Exploring impact on the gut microbiome. Congratulations Dr. Brockway on this exciting opportunity!
For a link to the event, click here: https://www.hmbana.org/news/events.html
Dr. Azad interviewed regarding major new study on the infant microbiome after birth by Caesarean section
Early in life, babies born by cesarean section have different gut bacteria than babies born vaginally—instead of picking up microbes from their mothers, they take on bacteria from the hospital environment, a new study in Nature found.
Dr. Azad was interviewed by Popular Science on the topic when this article came out, please read her interview here:
And here is a link to the original Nature paper (Sept. 18th):
"Meredith Brockway, Ph.D., R.N., a nurse and postdoctoral researcher studying clinical uses of human milk at the University of Manitoba, said that... most moms who find themselves breastfeeding into toddlerhood didn’t plan it that way."
Great work Dr. Brockway!
The International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation (ISRHML) and the Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation (FLRF) have awarded travel funds to Dr. Kozeta Miliku, post-doctoral Fellow in the Azad Lab, for the purpose of receiving training in the laboratory of Qingling Duan on the subject of GWAS (Genome-Wide Association Studies) to analyze key fatty acids in human milk. Congratulations Dr. Miliku!
Dr. Meghan Azad and Dr. Alain Labrique (Johns Hopkins School of Public Health) were awarded a Grand Challenges "Call to Action" Grant form the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Their project will explore whether ritual foods given to newborns before breastfeeding ("prelacteals") affect the gut microbiome in Bangladeshi infants.
CLICK HERE to read more.
We are delighted to announce that Dr. Merilee Brockway is joining the Azad Lab as a postdoctoral fellow this summer. Merilee has been awarded the Molly Towell Perinatal Research Foundation Fellowship to study a new strategy for matching donor milk with recipient infants in the NICU. Congratulations, Merilee!
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