Welcome From the Organizers

Welcome from the Conference Organizers, Sharon Donovan PhD, RD and Katsumi Mizuno MD, PhD


On behalf of the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation (ISRHML) and the Scientific Organizing Committee, we are delighted to invite you to participate in the 19th ISRHML Conference to be held at Shonan Village Center in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan from Saturday, October 6 to Thursday, October 11, 2018. This will be the first ISRHML conference held in Asia, demonstrating ISRHML’s goal to reach and include excellent researchers from all parts of the world and expand our scientific network globally.

Conference Theme: The conference will focus on “Supporting, Protecting and Promoting Breastfeeding from Biology to Policy”. The program will feature world-renown experts in the area human milk and lactation ranging from basic science to evidence-based policy.  

The conference will feature the following sessions:

  • Preconference Meeting in Tokyo on October 6th: The preconference meeting has been organized by the Local Organizers and will be held at Showa University.  The topic of the meeting is “Breastfeeding and the Mother-Infant Affective Bond.It will feature Japanese researchers and clinicians and is open to ISRHML conference attendees at an extra cost. All talks will be delivered in English or in Japanese with simultaneous translation. IBLCE CERPs have been requested
  • Preconference Workshops on October 7th: Two highly interactive workshops will be held at Shonan Village.  Workshops will be held concurrently, but repeated in the morning and afternoon so that attendees will have the opportunity to attend both, if desired. 
    • Workshop 1: Trials and Tribulations or Forming 'Truly' Evidence-Based Policy
    • Workshop 2: Best Practices for Conducting Human Milk Studies Globally
  • Full Conference Program on October 8th to 11th: Highlights of the program include sessions on:
    • Presentation by the Macy-Gyorgy Award Recipient
    • Highlights of Human Milk and Lactation Research in Asia
    • O'mic Approaches to Human Milk and infant Outcomes
    • Maternal Nutrition, Human Milk Composition, and Infant Nutritional Status
    • Breastfeeding and Maternal Health
    • Human Milk Banking in the 21st Century
    • Scaling up Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) Programs Globally: The Role of Complex Adaptive Systems Frameworks
  • Short Talks and Posters:  Presenters for short talks and posters will be selected from the submitted abstracts, which are due on May 1st 2018.
  • Trainee Track and Networking Opportunities: Trainee events are being planned by the Trainee Interest Groups.  In addition, there will be numerous opportunities for established researchers and trainees to interact with each other in both formal and informal settings, including the Welcome Function and tour to Kamakura and Gala Dinner.

We are looking forward to seeing you in October!

Scientific Organizing Committee

Sharon Donovan, PhD, RD (Chair)
Katsumi Mizuno, MD, PhD (Local Chair)
Elsa Giugliani, MD, PhD
Larry Grummer-Strawn, PhD
Anne Merewood, PhD, MPH
Keiko Nanishi, MD, PhD
Wei Wei Pang, PhD
Rafael Perez-Escamilla, PhD
Janet Williams, PhD