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ISRHML Conference Update

Due to continued concerns for the health and safety of all members, partners, volunteer leaders, staff and other stakeholders during the COVID-19 pandemic, ISRHML is announcing that the 2021 conference scheduled to take place in Stockholm, Sweden will now be held virtually. The dates for the reimagined 2021 conference will remain the week of August 16, 2021.

Throughout the pandemic, ISRHML has relied on public health guidance, country-by-country event restrictions and member input to gauge whether to move this major meeting to virtual. Given the current pace of COVID-19 vaccine roll-out and member comfort in participating tied to whether they are vaccinated, ISRHML concluded it’s not possible at this time to guarantee the success of an in-person, multi-day conference in mid-August for the ISRHML community. While this is disappointing—both for ISRHML and its members, and for our scheduled 2021 host Stockholm—we are shifting all efforts to ensure that this virtual conference delivers the best content and experiences possible for our many stakeholders.

The ISRHML community has already come together to create programs with outstanding science featuring emerging research and distinguished experts to create a stellar program for 2021.  The program planning committee is already working on the transformation of this meeting, and all the details on participating will be announced soon!  An important element of this overall process is the inclusion of outstanding and stimulating online program, interactive sessions, abstract sessions and a series of virtual engagements to be held during the meeting dates.  Information on those activities will be communicated as they become available.

The 2021 ISRHML Conference will be memorable for many reasons, but one tradition will remain, and that is the opportunity and ability of our community to come together with the common goal of engaging minds and empowering science.  Together we will continue to advance our understanding of the human milk and lactation and build a strong community.  We are grateful for you and your ongoing support. 

If you have already registered for the meeting, your registration will automatically be transitioned to registration for the virtual meeting, so no action is needed on your part.  If you booked a hotel room for the 2021 conference, you will be refunded minus a small service fee.  For those that have already committed to participating in the conference either as a speaker or a sponsor, we will be sending you directly information on next steps for your respective area so stay tuned!  If you have any questions about either of these, please contact Stefan Wengelin stefan@commee.se.   

Thank you for your understanding and for being part of the ISRHML community.  Stay tuned for a future email outlining registration information to attend the reconfigured 2021 ISRHML Virtual Conference!

Virtual ISRHML Research Workshop Published

Accepted abstracts have been published on Frontiers. Click here to view.

ISRHML Award Nominations

ISRHML is now soliciting nominations for the 2021 Macy-Gyorgy and Erhlich-Koldovsky Awards, which will be given at the 2021 Conference. More information on the awards and the nomination process can be found at ISRHML Awards. Application are due no later than April 15, 2021 and should be sent to sdonovan@illinois.edu and cc info@isrhml.com.

Upcoming ISRHML Regional Webinars

Associate Professor Dr Zaharah Sulaiman, School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), IBCLC, and a Local Governance Council Member for World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA)

Ms Norsyamlina Che Abdul Rahim, MSc, Institute for Public Health, National Institutes of Health, Ministry of Health Malaysia

The Understanding and Practical Aspects of Induced Lactation and Wet Nursing (2 presentations)

Induced Lactation: Understanding, Practical Aspects And Motherhood Journey - Associate Professor Dr Zaharah Sulaiman
Induced lactation is a process that enables a nulliparous woman to experience producing breast milk and breastfeeding a child. This precious experience allows her to journey motherhood and feed her adopted infant with breast milk. In this talk I am sharing the expectation vs reality and the fact vs myth on induced lactation. Not knowing what to expect and not having the right facts about the process of induced lactation significantly affect the ability to produce breast milk. While these issues are discussed, women’s experiences will be shared anonymously to give a better illustration of various scenarios. Take home messages regarding success tips will also be shared.

Wet Nursing Practice Among Muslim Mothers - Ms Norsyamlina Che Abdul Rahim, MSc
Since ancient times, breastfeeding and wet nursing have been synonymous. The two current practices of feeding expressed milk from a wet nurse are direct breastfeeding and feeding expressed milk from a wet nurse, and their applicability varies by population. In Islam, certain provisions for wet nursing must be recognised in order to determine an infant's status as a milk kinship child. The requirements for establishing a legal milk kinship status are related to a woman's breast milk, the amount of feeding, the baby's age at the time of feeding, and the mode of feeding. There are several significant consequences, including raising awareness of wet nursing based on the Islamic concept, and its potential benefits.

Click here for the webinar flyer.

12:00 AM EDT / 6:00 AM CEST / 12:00 PM AWST on April 27, 2021

Dr. Katharina Lichtner, Managing Director, Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation

From Research to Impact
The Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation is revitalising the journey from science to impact, so countries can break through entrenched challenges and sustain ambitious breastfeeding goals. At FLRF we have a vision – a world in which every child has an optimum start in life through the benefits of breastmilk – so we focus on building efficient, proven pathways to get there. We do this by supporting research and the development of innovative tools and resources that help decisionmakers. The webinar will introduce FLRF’s strategy of how it combines research with more translational approaches and an integration with key goals of the global community. Furthermore, over the last year we have introduced a human centered design as well as a systems thinking approach to our work, which is increasingly influencing our strategic thinking and will influence of how we work in the future.

Click here for the webinar flyer.

6:00 PM CEST / 12:00 PM EDT on May 4, 2021 / 12:00 AM AWST on May 5, 2021

Mary Frances Picciano Gradulate Scholarship

The Division of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Illinois is proud to announce the recent creation and endowment of the Mary Frances Picciano Graduate Scholarship. This scholarship was created by a former student to show appreciation for the impact Mary Frances made on shaping her professional career path.  Mary Frances was one of the ISRHML founders and a former President of the society.  Many ISRHML members were her dear friends, colleagues and former trainees.   She was a faculty member at the University of Illinois and Penn State University and finished her career in the Office of Dietary Supplements at NIH.  She passed away in 2001 after a long battle with lung cancer. A tribute was published in AJCN:  View

Currently in the Division of Nutritional Sciences approximately 64% of enrolled students are female, this graduate scholarship will provide valuable financial assistance to a future female scientist. Furthermore, the Division of Nutritional Science is thrilled to announce an opportunity for those impacted by Mary Frances to show their appreciation. A donor that has chosen to remain anonymous will directly match any gift made to this scholarship up to a total of $25,000. This is an opportunity to make a huge impact in the Division of Nutritional Sciences and to ensure future generations of strong female scientists know the impact Mary Frances had on this landscape.

For more information or to make a gift please contact Matt Smith at 217-300-6113 or msmi@illinois.edu or to make a secure gift online visit https://uif.uillinois.edu/give/ and in the “other” row at the bottom of the page enter Mary Frances Picciano Scholarship Fund – 11776398