Azad Lab postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Kozeta Miliku, was awarded two Postdoctoral Fellowships for her research on breastfeeding, human milk oligosaccharides, and asthma development in the CHILD Study. These competitive fellowships are from Research Manitoba and the Canadian Lung Association. Congratulations, Kozeta!
We are very excited to be in Kanagawa, Japan for the 19th International Conference of the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation! Dr. Azad will give a talk on sex differences in lactation in the CHILD Study, the ALSPAC cohort, and non-human primates (a co-presentation with Dr. Katie Hinde), and three of our trainees have poster presentations: Deborah Chan is presenting her research on milk hormones, Kozeta Miliku is presenting her research on breastfeeding and blood pressure, and Shirin Moossavi is presenting her research on integrated analysis of human milk components.
Deborah Chan (Undergraduate Student) & Jacqueline Richelle (Pediatrics Resident) won Gold in their respective categories at CHRIM Child Health Research Day. Both are studying breast milk composition in the CHILD Study. Deborah’s research shows associations between milk hormones and infant body composition, while Jacqueline’s research shows associations between milk fatty acids and allergic sensitization. Congratulations Deborah & Jacqueline!
Dr. Azad visited the ALSPAC Cohort earlier this year and completed a research project on FUT2 secretor status and maternal health conditions. The study was published this week in Wellcome Open Research: https://wellcomeopenresearch.org/articles/3-65/v2. This study of over 7500 pregnant women shows that FUT2 non-secretors have an increased risk of mumps infection and kidney disease. We are following up on this project to study the impact and interaction of secretor status and breastfeeding in the development of chronic diseases in ALSPAC children.
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