Dr. Azad contributes expertise to invited panel in Washington DC, scanning evidence on nutrient content and health benefits of breast milk
As part of the Committee on "Scanning for New Evidence on the Nutrient Content of Human Milk: A Model for the Derivation of Age-Specific Nutrient Requirements", Dr. Azad contributed expertise at a meeting held at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) in Washington, DC on November 7, 2019.
The goals of this activity are "to conduct a literature search and evidence scan of the peer-reviewed published literature on the nutrient content and volume of human milk as an indicator of infant nutritional requirements. The committee will develop pre-specified criteria to characterize nutrient levels in human milk and to identify characteristics of the nutritional quality of human milk in relation to infant requirements to support normal growth and development."
The Azad Lab is pleased to announce the publication of "Origins of human milk microbiota: new evidence and arising questions" "Originsy Dr. Shirin Moossavi and Dr. Meghan B. Azad in the journal Gut Microbes.
From the paper: "Milk microbiota is a hot research topic in the field of developmental origins of health and disease. Building on earlier studies, our recent findings shed new light on the composition and determinants of the milk microbiota, and raise new research questions about the origins, function and analysis of milk bacteria."
Azad Lab team member Sarah Turner hosts information booth promoting breastfeeding education curriculum for Manitoba schools
As part of a knowledge translation project ("Stakeholder engagement to inform strategies for improving breasteeding education in Manitoba schools"), PhD student Sarah Turner and colleagues (and babies!) hosted an information booth today at the Science Teachers Association of Manitoba Professional Development day. The goal of the next phase of this project is to create breastfeeding curriculum resources for Manitoba and/or adapt resources developed in other provinces. Great work Sarah, and thanks to everyone who helped, including Angela and baby Bennett (pictured), as well as Michelle La for her work on this project!
As always, the Azad Lab had a great time at the 15th annual Children's Health Research Days, held in Winnipeg from Oct. 22-24, contributing several posters and an oral presentation to the proceedings. At the closing gala dinner, Shreyas Kumbhare was awarded a Silver medal for his poster concerning his PhD work on differences in the microbiome between Indian and Finnish children, in collaboration with Dr. Erika Isolauri, Dr. Seppo Salminen and others. Congratulations, Shreyas!
The Azad Lab was very well-represented "down under" with three exciting posters presented by Dr. Azad, Dr. Miliku and colleagues, on breast milk oligosaccharides, effects of maternal artificial sweetener consumption on infant weight gain, and new strategies to reduce peanut allergy in breastfed infants. Dr. Azad also presented recent CHILD study data in an oral session (see title slide below). Their work contributed to a growing presence of breastmilk and breastfeeding research at DOHaD, which is sure to be well-reflected at the next DOHaD meeting, to be held in Vancouver, Oct. 16-19, 2021. Great work!
Sarah Turner, PhD student in the Azad Lab, has been warded an oral presentation slot at Child Health Research Days. Her abstract was one of the top two highest-scoring abstracts submitted by DEVOTION trainees. She will present her research entitled "Infant feeding, human milk polyunsaturated fatty acids and child behaviour at age 5 years: preliminary results from the longitudinal CHILD birth cohort study" in Session 4: Transdisciplinary Research on the Developmental Origins of Health: From Biology to Policy from 4-4:15 pm on October 24th, 2019. Great work, Sarah!
Sarah Turner, PhD Student in the Azad Lab, publishes editorial in the Winnipeg Free Press for National Breastfeeding Awareness week
From Sarah's editorial, Breastfeeding Mothers Need Safe Spaces: "Many of us know of the health-promoting qualities of breast milk and how it contributes to lifelong infant health, in addition to maternal health. In Canada, 90 per cent of women initiate breastfeeding, but only about 25 per cent are able to continue with exclusive breastfeeding for the recommended duration of six months." Congratulations to Sarah on her publication and dedication to breastfeeding awareness!
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!
Congratulations to Azad Lab postodcotral fellow, Dr. Kozeta Miliku, 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. The study was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, and featured in our lab's very first Twitter Thread, exploring key results of this paper. A great way to end National Breastfeeding Awareness Week!
Members from the Manitoba Interdisciplinary Lactation Centre (MILC) 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!
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