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The International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation (ISRHML) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of excellence in research and the dissemination of research findings in the field of human milk and lactation. Learn More.



TEP 2.0 Press Release

ISRHML Conference Update

ISRHML’s unique virtual scientific program is shaping up nicely, and we’re looking forward to a highly interactive meeting with plenty of opportunities for sharing your latest research.  One such opportunity is by submitting your abstract and present a short oral session during ISRHML’s Biennial Conference being held August 16-20.

  • 100 abstracts featuring new research have already been submitted!
  • Check here for all the details on how to submit your abstract by May 30th.
  • All accepted abstracts will be scheduled for short oral presentations with slides.
  • As an international society, diversity within our membership and field is welcomed.

Questions?  Contact Stefan Wengelin at stefan@commee.se.   

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

Dr. Zhenyu Yang,

Research Professor, National Institute for Nutrition and Health, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention


Association between maternal nutritional status and concentration of proteins in human milk in China
Maternal nutritional status changed dramatically with the rapid social and economic development in China. It remains unclear whether maternal nutritional status is related to concentration of various proteins in human milk. The purposes of the current paper were to examine the relationship between maternal pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI) and concentration of alpha-lactalbumin, beta-casein, lactoferrin, alpha-s1 casein, kappa-casein, serum albumin in human milk.  This was a cross-sectional study. Human milk proteins were measured using ultra-high performance liquid chromatography-tandem/mass spectrometry with isotopic dilution. The concentrations of various human milk proteins excluding lactoferrin did not differ among the 3 maternal BMI groups (all P>0.05). Human milk alpha-lactoalbumin, beta-casein, alpha-s1casein, kappa-casein and albumin level may be consistent across different pre-pregnant nutritional status regardless of lactation stage.

Click here for the webinar flyer.

12:00 AM EDT / 6:00 AM CEST / 12:00 PM AWST on June 29

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