THRiVE lab and MILC co-directors, Meghan Azad & Natalie Rodriguez, are spearheading the breast milk component of the pioneering Children Growing Up in Liverpool (C-GULL) study, supported by the Wellcome Trust's Discovery Research and Mental Health programs. C-GULL marks a significant milestone as the UK's first biomedical birth cohort study in 17 years. Under the leadership of Professor Louise Kenny and her team at the University of Liverpool, the C-GULL study will closely monitor the well-being of 10,000 first-born babies and their families in Liverpool, from the early stages of pregnancy into adulthood. Researchers will collect comprehensive data on various health aspects, social circumstances, and environmental exposures. To enhance data accuracy, the study will use innovative health technologies, including wearable devices and mobile applications, to track real-time health indicators.
Within this transformative project, Dr. Meghan Azad and colleagues assume a pivotal role in analyzing breast milk samples to shed light on the intricate relationships between childhood experiences, breast milk composition, and long-term health outcomes. Dr. Azad's expertise and leadership bring invaluable insights into this crucial aspect of the study.
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The IMiC Consortium, co-directed by Meghan Azad & Natalie Rodriguez, held its first in-person meeting from June 18-20, 2023, in Ghent, Belgium. After 3 years of virtual collaboration, researcher finally convened for three impactful days of brainstorming and knowledge exchange. The Yalo Boutique Hotel and Het Pand served as venues for a hackathon, discussions, and presentations, bring researchers closer to unraveling the secretes of breastmilk. Universiteit Gent graciously hosted the event, which marked a significant step forward in understanding complexities of breastmilk. With renewed enthusiasm, the consortium eagerly awaits the groundbreaking results to emerge from this collaborative effort. Stay tuned for more updates from IMiC as they continue their pioneering research in the field of breastmilk!
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