Enhanced exchange of knowledge and skills at the Azad Lab, thanks to the ISRHML Trainee Expansion Program - next deadline Dec. 15th!
The Azad Lab is currently participating in two exciting exchange visits sponsored by the Trainee Expansion Program (TEP) of the International Society for Research on Human Milk and Lactation (ISRHML).
Dr. Kozeta Miliku, post-doctoral fellow in the Azad Lab, has recently had the opportunity to advance her genetic/genomic research skills in the lab of Dr. Qingling Duan at Queen's University (Kingston, ON). Dr. Anuradha Ravi, researcher at the Quadram Institute (Norfolk, UK), is currently spending time in the Azad Lab learning about human milk research and sharing her expertise in metagenomics of microbial communities. As part of her visit, she has been invited to present her work at the National Microbiology Laboratory Bioinformatics Working Group.
Many thanks to the Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation, ISRHML and TEP for creating these exciting opportunities for knowledge exchange, trainee development and lab cross-fertilization! The next deadline for TEP is coming up December 15th. Check out this link to apply!
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."
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