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Ten of the World's Leading Breastfeeding Researchers

April 4, 2019


The 14th International Breastfeeding and Lactation Symposium will see ten of the world’s most influential researchers, in this field, present their recent discoveries.

The event, on 4th and 5th April in London, offers a rare opportunity to hear the globally recognised experts dive deeper into the unexplored territory of breastfeeding and neonatal care.

Join the Symposium Press Conference to hear from the Speakers before they hit the stage…

When: 9-10.30am - Thursday 4th April 2019
Where: London Hilton on Park Lane.

Highlights include:

• New findings will give clues to why breastfed babies are less likely to become obese in later life will be shared. Prof Donna Geddes, Director of the Human Lactation Research Group at the University of Western Australia, a team that has become world renowned for its ground-breaking discoveries, will share recent results from her project ‘The role of human milk in programming infant body composition’ that she has worked on for over 5 years.

Dr María Carmen Collado of the Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology-Spanish National Research Council, Spain, will present recent findings that has exposed how each mother’s unique microbiota shapes the milk she passes on to her infant, and each feed is a personalised microbial inheritance. These findings are uncovering potential strategies for modifying mothers’ diets during the lactation period, which could permanently improve babies’ gut health.

Dr Janet Berrington, Consultant in Neonatal Paediatrics and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at Newcastle University will give a sneak preview of the cutting-edge technology being cited as a model ‘unique to the UK’. It is being used to research necrotising enterocolitis and late onset sepsis. She will also talk about the ‘mini-gut’ her team has been able to develop from preterm gut stem cells, which offers unique insights into the way in which the infant gut develops and is allowing new research angles into gut health and disease.

• Assoc. Prof Daniel Munblit of Sechenov University, Moscow, Russia will present updated findings about the sheer complexities of breastmilk to protect against allergies. It is full of different components which have synergistic and/or antagonistic effects to each other. “Dozens of cytokines, as well as the microbiome, fatty acids and the oligosaccharides, are all involved,” he says “It is these intricate interactions, which we are getting closer to uncovering, that play a part in breastmilk’s ability to protect an infant against allergies."

• Melinda Boss, Senior Research Fellow at The University of Western Australia (UWA) will launch the world’s first internationally collaborative glossary of lactation terminology for science and medicine. LactaMap, is a unique evidence-based information portal to support doctors caring for women and infants experiencing difficulty with lactation. It will be unveiled in the UK for the first time at the Symposium.

For more information, to register for the press conference or to request an interview with any of the speakers please contact: Lisa Bryant, bumpPR on [email protected] or call 01462 613002


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