Awards

The awards committee is soliciting nominations for the 2018 Macy-Gyorgy and Erhlich-Koldovsky Awards.

Please send complete nomination packages to Lars Bode at: lbode@ucsd.edu no later than April 15, 2018.

THE MACY-GYORGY AWARD FOR RESEARCH IN HUMAN MILK AND LACTATION

Purpose. The purpose of this biennial lifetime achievement award is to honor individuals who have made outstanding, original scientific contributions to the study of human milk and lactation.

Qualifications.The awardee will be a senior scientist whose work has been recognized internationally and whose papers have appeared in excellent peer-review journals. Although membership and participation in the Society may be reasons for consideration, they are not essential criteria. Active members of the Executive Committee are not eligible for the award.

Nomination Process. A candidate will be nominated by two members of good standing in the Society. The nomination will consist of primary and seconding letters of nomination that detail the qualifications of the candidate, the curriculum vita of the candidate, and three of the most significant research publications from the nominee. These documents will be sent to the President of the Society at least six months before the international scientific meeting of the Society.

Selection of the Recipient. The Awards Committee will recommend nominees to the Executive Committee. The selection of a recipient will require a majority affirmative vote from the Executive Committee.

Nature of the Award. The award will be a plaque and/or certificate from the Executive Committee indicating the significance of the award. The recipient will be invited to attend the next international research meeting of the Society; travel, lodging, and registration for the awardee will be paid for by the Society. The recipient will be introduced by the nominator and presented the award from the Society by the President

THE EHRLICH-KOLDOVSKY EARLY CAREER AWARD FOR RESEARCH IN HUMAN MILK AND LACTATION

Purpose. The purpose of this biennial award is to recognize early-career investigators who have begun to make outstanding, original scientific contributions to the study of human milk and lactation.

Qualifications. Nominees will be at the junior faculty level or will hold a similar position that includes independent research responsibilities. They will have obtained their Ph.D. or M.D. degree within the last 10 years. Their work will have been published in excellent peer-reviewed journals and will be beginning to be recognized internationally. The work in question will be due primarily to the efforts of the nominee and not to efforts of mentors or other colleagues. It is not required for nominees to be members of the Society.

Nomination Process. A candidate will be nominated by a Society member in good standing, who may be a mentor or a senior colleague of the nominee. A nominator may be a current or past member of the Executive Committee. A nomination will consist of the curriculum vita of the candidate, the most significant research publication from the nominee, and a letter of nomination that details the qualifications of the candidate. These documents will be sent to the President of the Society three to six months prior to the meeting where the award is to be presented. In addition, the candidate must have an abstract accepted for either an oral or poster presentation at an International Scientific Meeting.

Selection of the Recipient. The selection of a recipient will require a majority affirmative vote by the Executive Committee members who are in attendance for the presentation of the their research at the International Scientific Meeting.

Nature of the Award. The award will be a plaque and/or a certificate from the Executive Committee indicating the significance of the award. The recipient will be introduced by the nominator (if she or he is in attendance), and the award presented by the President of the Society at the international scientific meeting at which the awardee presented his/her abstract. If funds are available from the society’s general fund, a travel grant will be given to defray the costs of attending the meeting; the amount of this grant will be determined by the Executive Committee in consultation with the Treasurer at the time the awardee is selected.

2016 Award Winners:

Macy György Award

Awarded to individuals who have made outstanding, original Scientific contributions to the study of human milk and lactation. For more information on Macy and György click here.

2016 Recipient: Kathleen Rasmussen

Dr. Kathleen M. Rasmussen is the Nancy Schlegel Meinig Professor of Maternal and Child Nutrition in the Division of Nutritional Sciences and International Professor of Nutritional Science at Cornell University. She received her AB degree from Brown University in molecular biology. She received both her ScM and ScD degrees from Harvard University and postdoctoral training at Cornell University, all in nutrition. Professor Rasmussen is internationally known for her research on maternal and child nutrition. Her research has included studies in experimental species, observational and intervention studies in human subjects in the US and several developing countries, and epidemiologic studies based on data from medical records and large cohorts. She and her students have established that interventions to improve maternal nutritional status can increase the volume and improve the composition of human milk and, thereby, improve infant nutritional status. They have also shown that women who are overweight or obese at conception have problems establishing and maintaining breastfeeding and have babies who are heavier at one year of age than those of normal-weight women. In addition, they have shown that there is a trade-off between meeting the needs of the pregnant or lactating mother and the needs of her fetus/breastfed infant, respectively.  Professor Rasmussen has been a member of several expert committees at the Institute of Medicine. She served as the chair of the Committee on Reexamination of IOM Pregnancy Weight Guidelines, and is currently the Chair of the Committee to Review WIC Food Packages. Her research was recognized by the Agnes Higgins Award of the American Public Health Association in 2012.  Professor Rasmussen is known for her award-winning teaching and mentoring as well as for her role in leadership training of young nutrition professionals through the Dannon Nutrition Leadership Institute.  She has served as the president of the International Society for Research on Human Milk and Lactation and led the reorganization of the American Society of Nutrition Sciences while serving as its President.  She has also served as a member of Cornell’s Board of Trustees (elected by the faculty).


Previous Recipients

2014 Margaret Neville
2012 Kathryn Dewey
2010 Mary Frances Picciano
2008 Allan Walker
2006 Peter Hartmann
2004 Lars Hansen
2002 Bo Lonnerdal
2000 Armond S. Goldman
1999 Margit Hamosh
1997 Stuart Patton
1995 Robert Jensen

Ehrlich-Koldovsky Award

Awarded to recognize junior investigators (less than 10 years post PhD) who have begun to make outstanding, original scientific contributions to the study of human milk and lactation. For more information on Otakar Koldovský click here.

2016 Recipient: Katie Hinde

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Dr. Katie Hinde, earned a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Washington in 1999, a Ph.D. in Anthropology from UCLA in 2008, and was a post-doctoral scholar in Neuroscience in the Brain, Mind, and Behavior Unit, California National Primate Research Center, UC Davis from 2009-2011. Professor Hinde began as an Assistant Professor in Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University and is now an Associate Professor at Arizona State University in the Center for Evolution and Medicine and School for Human Evolution and Social Change. Since 2002, Hinde has investigated how mother’s milk contributes to infant development and behavior in socially complex taxa, particularly humans and monkeys, including not only provision of energy and materials for growth, but also milk constituents that shape immunological, neurobiological, and behavioral development. Her work established new understandings of how the “biological recipe” of milk can differ for sons and daughters, how hormones in milk influence infant temperament, and how an evolutionary perspective is key to developing precision milk for vulnerable infants. In addition to dozens of peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, Hinde co-edited “Building Babies: Primate Developmental Trajectories in Proximate and Ultimate Perspective” released by Springer in 2013. Hinde showcases research on mother’s milk, breastfeeding, and lactation for the general public, clinicians, and researchers at her blog “Mammals Suck… Milk!” Her research and outreach have been widely recognized with awards and news media highlighting her findings of the food, medicine, and signal of mother’s milk.


Previous Recipients

2014 Foteini Kakulas (formerly Hassiotou)
2012 Lars Bode
2010 Stefano Bembich
2008 Mark Cregan and Donna Geddes
2006 Shannon Kelleher
2002 Johanna Hawkes and Michelle (Shelley) McGuire
2000 Bohuslav Dvorak and Cheryl Lovelady
1999 Rafael Perez-Escamilia
1997 Ardythe Morrow*
1995 Sharon Donovan*

 

*Formerly Young Investigator Award