Dr. Meghan Azad has been named one of Canada's "Top 40 Under 40" for 2021, an annual recognition of the exceptional achievements of 40 outstanding Canadians under the age of 40. "To receive this award is such an honor," said Dr. Azad in an interview featured on the CHILD Cohort Study's website. "It’s gratifying to see, through this celebration of the work I am doing with others, breastfeeding and human milk recognized as an important field. This work depends on the dedication and talents of many colleagues, trainees and research participants. I continue to be grateful to them all, and I’m excited about the new projects we are planning together." Read more about this award here.
MILC co-Director, Dr. Azad interviewed by CTV News to celebrate CHILD Cohort Study's 10 year anniversary
MILC co-Director, Dr. Azad was interviewed by CTV News Winnipeg about the CHILD Cohort Study in celebration of it's tenth anniversary. "The CHILD database is something that really could never be replicated and we are only at the tip of the iceberg", states Dr. Azad, "There are so many [breastmilk] samples still in the freezer that will probably hold secrets that will cure diseases or answer big questions using technologies that don't even exist yet today." Watch the full video here.
MILC experts shared key discoveries on current human milk and lactation research at The Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (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! View the recording here.
The CHILD Cohort Study has developed infographics & lay summaries of Key Discoveries including those focused on Breastfeeding; each of these infographics received input by MILC Club Members. 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)!
MILC Club Member, Dr. Ayesha Saleem received a 2020 University of Manitoba Merit Award for her combination of outstanding teaching, research, scholarly work and creative activities, and service in the Life Sciences, Natural Sciences and Engineering category. The full list of recipients can be found here. Well-deserved and congratulations, Ayesha!
Congratulations to MILC Club Member, Dr. Ayesha Saleem who was awarded $80,000 through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) College-Industry Innovation Fund and the John R. Evans Leaders Fund! Dr. Saleem's research program is designed to gain insight into the fundamental role of extracellular vesicles (EVs) in health and disease, including their role in breastmilk. This research will drive discovery-based research and lead to the development of therapeutic interventions for chronic diseases, which will ultimately reduce the burden of chronic diseases that claim numerous lives in Manitoba. Full Release here.
MILC Club Members present at UM Pediatric & Obs/Gyne Grand Rounds on Collaborations to Improve Breastfeeding Rates and Outcomes
MILC Club members Drs. Azad, Nickel, Kearns, Raimondi, Kelly and Ms. Turner 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.
MILC Member, Dr. Merilee Brockway talked to Today’s Parent about the Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) and how this may intersect with maternal experiences in the post-partum period. While she emphasized the importance of exclusive breastfeeding, she acknowledged that there are situations when formula may be necessary. We know that formula, even one bottle, can impact the infant gut microbiome. However, we also know that maternal mental health is equally important to consider when looking at infant outcomes. It is important to move from the “breast-is-best” or “fed-is-best” mantra to "informed is best" so that mothers are supported to make feeding decisions with a full understanding of the risks and benefits of both.