Webinar on Human Milk: Mother Nature's Prototypical Probiotic Food

Event Dates

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Please join us for SRA's next webinar on Tues. 3/21 at 4:00pm ET

Human milk is inarguably the only food "designed" to be consumed exclusively by humans - providing all the essential nutrients needed for growth and development of the human infant. However, our understanding of human milk composition and its impact on host and microbial health is far from complete.

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This webinar will briefly describe what is currently known about variation in the human milk microbiome and introduce an ongoing cross-cutting study funded by the Integrated National Science Foundation Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE) designed to help us better understand what is normal in terms of milk microbes worldwide. The presentation will touch on the importance of interdisciplinary discussion. And finally, a framework for considering what work is needed to link the human milk microbiome to human health and disease will be presented.

Speaker Bio

Michelle McGuire

Dr.Michelle McGuire is a professor of Nutrition at Washington State University and a human nutrition researcher with expertise in maternal and infant nutrition. Dr. McGuire has been conducting clinical research related to nutrition, lactation and breastfeeding since 1995. Recently, her research has focused on understanding factors such as environment, maternal diet, childcare practices, and evolutionary selection that might relate to bacteria variation in human milk. She has served on the executive committee of the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation (ISRHML) since 2010 and is an active member of the American Society for Nutrition. 

This is the second webinar in SRA's Advancing the Science series. The webinar series is organized by partnering Regional Organizations (Australia, New England, New Zealand, and Upstate NY) of the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) as the first of three phases of a project entitled Understanding Perceptions and Evidence of Benefits and Risks of Consuming Fresh Unprocessed (Certified Raw or Raw Drinking) Milk.