MILC experts shared key discoveries on current human milk and lactation research at the CHRIM Child Health Research Days (CHRD) Public Event on October 5 to support National Breastfeeding Week. Attendees engaged in a discussion about the role of infant nutrition in development, health and wellbeing; health-equity challenges and support for breastfeeding; breastfeeding/chestfeeding trends and lactation education; and more. The event had 179 registrants from 15 countries! Stay tuned for a link to the recording.
Dr. Meghan Azad and co-authors published "Breastfeeding and the developmental origins of mucosal immunity: how human milk shapes the innate and adaptive mucosal immune systems" in Current Opinion in Gastroenterology. Their review explains how different components of human milk influence development of the innate and adaptive mucosal immune systems in breastfed infants. [PDF] Tweetorial here!
The CHILD Cohort Study has developed infographics & lay summaries of Key Discoveries including those focused on Breastfeeding; many of these discoveries were made by our team! Each breastfeeding infographic received input by the Azad Lab and MILC Club. All infographics accompany a full web story and JPG or PDF for download and sharing. Check them out at Key Discoveries – CHILD Cohort Study (childstudy.ca)!
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, also known as Orange Shirt Day, is September 30, 2021. This day provides an opportunity to reflect on the legacy of residential schools, create bridges towards reconciliation, and support survivors and those who have been affected. The Azad Lab will be showing support by wearing their Orange Shirts and participating in walks of reflection. You can take action and learn more here. #EveryChildMatters.
CHILD COVID-19 add-on study featured in Raising Canada 2021: Recovering from the Impacts of COVID-19
Raising Canada 2021: Recovering from the Impacts of COVID-19 is the fourth in an annual series of reports that track the top 10 threats to childhood wellbeing in Canada, published by the national charitable organization Children First Canada. The 2021 report cited evidence from CHILD's COVID-19 add-on study regarding children's self-reported diminishment of physical activity during the pandemic, and featured artwork by CHILD participants for the study's 2019 Poster Contest. Read the full article here.
Dr. Meghan Azad and two other professors at the University of Manitoba are among the "Class of 2021" newly elected fellows and members of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), the country's most esteemed association of scholars, scientists and artists, states UM Today News. "Election to the RSC is considered the highest honour an academic can achieve in the arts, social sciences and sciences." Read the full article here.
Dr. Azad and former Azad Lab postdoc, Dr. Kozeta Miliku, were interviewed on CNN about their new paper published in the Journal of the American Heart Association titled Breastfeeding in the First Days of Life Is Associated With Lower Blood Pressure at 3 Years of Age. "We found, contrary to our expectations, it did not matter how long you were breastfed, whether it was two days, two weeks, two months or two years," Azad said. "We saw an improvement of blood pressure profiles from any breastfeeding at all." Azad and Miliku hope to continue following the CHILD Cohort to monitor whether these differences in blood pressure levels at age 3 impact the participants' health into adulthood, according to the CNN article. Tweetorial here!
Dr. Meghan Azad was featured in a 5 part documentary that explored how the impoverishment of the human microbiome may be linked to an increase in the prevalence of certain maladies, including asthma and allergies, and how breastfeeding can help feed beneficial infant gut bacteria. The documentary was based on the bestselling book of the same title by CHILD researchers Drs B. Brett Finlay and Marie-Claire Arrieta and is informed by their ground-breaking research using CHILD Cohort Study data.
Dr. Azad and Trainee, Sarah Turner present with other MILC Club Members at UM Pediatric & Obs/Gyne Grand Rounds
Dr. Azad and trainee, Sarah Turner, along with other MILC Club members Drs. Nickel, Kearns, Raimondi, and Kelly presented to a combined Pediatrics & Obstetrics/Gynecology Grand Rounds audience at the UofM on "Clinicians Across Specialties and Research: Collaboration to Improve Breastfeeding Rates and Outcomes." They outlined the updated WHO 10 steps to successful breastfeeding and described a family-centred, collaborative approach connecting clinicians and academic researchers to ultimately overcome barriers and improve breastfeeding rates.
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