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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.

Upcoming ISRHML Regional Webinars

  Professor Mark Nicol

  Clinical microbiologist and Professor of Microbiology in the School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Western Australia. Holds an honorary appointment at the University of Cape Town.

Bacteria in Human Milk: Do They Really Make a Difference?
We studied the human milk (HM) metabolome and microbiome in women participating in a South African birth cohort, the Drakenstein Child Health Study. A subset of women (45/519, 8.7%) had low HM lactose (>2SD below mean). Low lactose was associated with shorter exclusive breastfeeding duration (28 vs 55 days) and poor infant growth during exclusive breastfeeding. Metabolomic profiling of low-lactose HM revealed an increase in metabolites associated with microbial carbohydrate metabolism. 16S rRNA amplicon sequencing showed that HM samples with low lactose had significantly higher median relative abundance of Staphylococcus species compared with normal lactose HM (19% vs 5%) and increased bacterial load. Further, S. aureus was isolated from 73% of HM samples with low lactose compared with 20% of samples with normal milk lactose. Growth of S. aureus in vitro was inhibited by typical concentrations of lactose found in HM. Low lactose in HM may be permissive for the growth of S. aureus and contribute to poorer lactational outcomes.

Click here for the webinar flyer.

12:00 AM EDT / 6:00 AM CEST / 12:00 PM AWST on July 27

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