Fat occurs in human milk as milk fat globules and provides about 50% of human milk energy. Although more than 200 fatty acids have been identified in human milk, there are only a limited number of fatty acids with quantitative relevance, but these form a huge number of different lipids. Non polar triglycerides, which contribute more than 98% -wt/wt to the fat, form the core of the milk fat globules. Specific for milk fat is a relatively high content of short and medium chain fatty acids with up to 14 carbon atoms and a strong enrichment of palmitic acid at the sn-2 position. Both factors enhance fat digestibility. Of importance is the content of the essential fatty acids and their long chain polyunsaturated derivatives. They are mainly provided by triglycerides, although their relative percentage may be higher in certain more polar milk lipid fractions. The polar lipids in milk include glycerophospholipids, sphingolipids, and cholesterol. Quantitatively they are all minor components, but their importance for the development of the infant digestive tract, immune system and cognition has started to be recognized in recent years.
We are pleased to announce that ISRHML will be offering the Virtual ISRHML Research Workshop 2020 this summer. This will be an opportunity to present abstracts on original research results during the days of the previously scheduled ISRHML conference (August 17th – 20th, 2020) and is free to ISRHML members. Each day there will be a 90-minute session providing one invited presentation followed by selected oral abstract presentations. Each 90-minute sessions will be recorded and made available to ISRHML members after the virtual event. Accepted abstracts shall be published in "Frontiers Pediatrics." In addition to the daily 90-minute sessions, ISRHML members can view all accepted abstracts via the ISRHML website, as well as a vote for the best Trainee Infographic Competition (voting link will be sent out via email). In addition, we will grant best abstract and Trainee Infographic awards.
As the 2020 ISRHML Congress has been postponed to the year 2021, the same will hold for Macy-Gyorgy and Erhlich-Koldovsky Awards, we will not be awarding for the year 2020, but will postpone until 2021 as well.
First of all, I hope that you are all well and safe in these challenging times. I have noted below how ISRHML has rapidly mobilized to curate emerging data related to SARS-CoV-2 in human milk. It has been an honor to have served as President-elect and President of ISRHML over the past four years. I have been a member of ISRHML for 35 years and the opportunity to contribute to the leadership of the society has been a highlight of my professional career. As I transition to past President, I would like to take this opportunity to reflect upon changes to the society, acknowledge those who have made it happen, and to highlight what I view as future opportunities for ISRHML....read more
The mission of ISRHML is to create and disseminate research on human milk and lactation. During this unprecedented time, ISRHML leaders have come together to assemble the rapidly emerging evidence on human milk, lactation and COVID-19. We are sharing this information with our members to help to coordinate collaborative research efforts and educate researchers, practitioners and families. A summary of current evidence can be found here, where we will continue to post updates as the evidence evolves.
The first ISRHML China Workshop on Research on Human Milk and Lactation was held from 10 to 12 May 2019 at Beijing, hosted by Prof. Zhenghong Li and Prof. Danhua Wang, Peking Union Medical College Hospital. The hugely successful meeting attended by more than 100 researchers from all over China reviewed and discussed current aspects of science on human lactation, explored opportunities for collaborative research and stimulated research activities, and strengthened networking across disciplines. ISRHML expresses sincere gratitude to . Zhenghong Li, Danhua Wang and their colleagues for organizing this outstanding ISRHML workshop!
Click here for the workshop program.
Through five decades, Dr. Richard “Rich” Ehrenkranz dedicated his career to neonatal medicine and research. His clinical studies shaped our understanding of infant development, and, distinctively, he revealed the relationship between preterm infant growth and neurodevelopment. Sadly, we lost this champion of neonatal research to cancer in August 2018...read more
Dear ISRHML members, It is time for another “Changing of the Guards” as our leadership tenure ends on March 31st! This time, we are not only changing the President, but also the Secretary and the Treasurer. First and foremost, I would like to thank you all for giving me the opportunity to serve ISRHML as your President-Elect and President over the past four years; it’s been a truly wonderful experience!...read more
We are pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the International DOHaD Society and the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation (ISRHML). Both societies have congruent scientific goals and each strive to educate scientists, policy makers and key global organizations with regard to evidence that may impact public health...read more
The American Public Health Association (APHA) and the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation (ISRHML) have established a partnership to foster the advancement, translation, and implementation of evidenced-based research and policy for human milk and lactation. Leaders from both organizations believe that this partnership will foster quicker translation of research from the bench to the community as it capitalizes on the...read more
The International Conference of Human Milk Science and Innovation (ICHMSI) is currently accepting applications for the Ruth A. Lawrence Investigator Award for Research in Human Milk Science. The award was created to encourage trainees and early career researchers to pursue original research in the area of human milk science and breastfeeding medicine, and to support to the advancement of emerging researchers in this vital area of science. The annual award was established by the ICHMSI in 2016 in honor of Ruth A. Lawrence, MD, a pioneer in the field of human lactation and breast milk. Dr. Lawrence is among the first to champion the benefits of human milk and breastfeeding as optimal for infant health and wellbeing. The award winner will receive $10,000 plus travel expenses, and an invitation to present his or her research at the 6th Annual ICHMSI on September 5-7, 2018.
Please review the guidelines for eligibility at http://humanmilkscience.org/award. The deadline for receipt of nomination is June 15, 2018.
Dear ISRHML members, After three decades of countless volunteer hours, ISRHML has reached an important milestone and entered a partnership with Global Management Partners, LLC (GMP), a full-service association management company that will bring over 50 years of combined experience to ISRHML, providing a strong infrastructure, proven processes and systems and shared resources – particularly...read more
Statement from the ISRHML Executive Committee In light of a recent controversy surrounding the participation of some of our members in a conference organized by an educational institute linked to a large food company that manufactures infant formula, the Executive Committee of the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation...read more
DEADLINES Trainee Bridge Fund (TBF) application deadline: 30 June Trainee Travel Fund (TTF) application deadline: 1 December (of prior year) and 30 June Selection decisions by the Revision Board: 1 March (TTF only) and 1 September TTF and TBF Earliest start date of the funded activity: 1 April (TTF only) and 1 October TTF and...read more