Company: University of Manitoba
Job title: Assistant Professor, Pediatrics and Child Health
Dr. Meghan Azad is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Child Health at the University of Manitoba. She holds a Canada Research Chair in Developmental Origins of Chronic Disease. Her award-winning research program (www.azadlab.ca) is focused on the role of infant nutrition and gut microbiota in the development of asthma, allergies and obesity. Dr. Azad co-leads the Manitoba site of the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study (www.childstudy.ca), a national pregnancy cohort following 3500 children to understand how early life experiences shape lifelong health. She directs multiple projects related to lactation and infant feeding practices in the CHILD cohort, including integrated studies linking human milk composition and gut microbiota with epigenetic profiles and clinical phenotypes. Dr. Azad also co-leads the Population Health Pillar for the Manitoba Developmental Origins of Chronic Disease Network (DEVOTION), and the Maternal, Fetal and Child Health Working Group for the new Canadian Urban Environmental Health Research Consortium (CANUE). In 2018, Dr. Azad was awarded the University of London 150th Anniversary Prize and the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation (ISRHML) Ehrlich-Koldovsky Award recognizing early-career investigators making outstanding contributions to the study of human milk and lactation. Her research is funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, the Canadian Lung Association, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Dr. Azad serves on the ISRHML Executive Council and the Breastfeeding Committee of Canada.
Mother’s Milk & Baby’s Bacteria: Insights from the CHILD Cohort Study 9:00 am
day: Day Two