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04/10/2017

LRF MoMI CoRE investigators to lead Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-supported project to identify human milk components that prevent environmental enteric dysfunction and diarrheal disease

LRF MoMI CoRE Director Dr. Lars Bode is leading a new project to identify and synthesize human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) to prevent environmental enteric dysfunction (EED) and diarrheal disease. EED and diarrheal disease have far-reaching impacts on child growth, health, and development in low- and middle-income country settings. Diarrhea remains to be one of the major causes of death in children under the age of 5. 
The two-year project is funded with over $1.7M in support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and uses a collaborative, multi-dimensional approach to assess in vitro and in vivo efficacy of HMOs and identify specific HMO structures responsible for the beneficial effects.
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04/06/2017

LRF MoMI CoRE investigators part of NIH-funded project to study the impact of human milk components on infant microbiome and obesity

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) awards an R01 research grant to study the "Impact of Sugars and Human Milk Oligosaccharides on Infant Microbiome and Obesity". Dr. Michael Goran at the University of Southern California (USC) serves as primary Principal Investigator, with LRF MoMI CoRE investigators Dr. Lars Bode and Dr. Rob Knight as award subrecipients for the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).
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01/12/2017

UC San Diego Health hosts March 1 Milk Drive

Help us address a statewide milk shortage and help NICU babies in California! In collaboration with the Mothers' Milk Bank of San Jose and the San Diego Blood Bank, UC San Diego Health hosts a Milk Drive on Wednesday, March 1. View flyer for more information.
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01/12/2017

$10.5 Million Gift Funds Center for Human Milk Research at UC San Diego

Breast milk is known to provide the best source of nutrition for newborns and infants, and for premature babies, it can be life-saving. Yet much about the composition of human milk and what makes it so beneficial is still a mystery. To help scientists bridge this knowledge gap, the Switzerland-based Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation has made a $10.5 million grant to the University of California San Diego, home to one of the world’s only centers dedicated to human milk research.  (Read More)
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09/29/2016

Gift to UC San Diego will establish San Diego's first Mother's Milk Bank

The new UC San Diego Mother's Milk Bank will collect and provide donor milk to local hospitals for optimal care of infants who need the milk most. The bank will also work with community partners to improve breastfeeding education and awareness. This is yet another initiative at UC San Diego Health that will help save lives through the power of human milk. (Read More)
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06/21/2016

UC San Diego Podcast: Interview with the "Milk Man"

Michelle and Melanie learn the science behind the saying “breast is best” from Lars Bode, PhD, MoMI CoRE Director. They talk about the benefits of breast milk and how lactating mothers could actually hold the key to future drug development for chronic, adult diseases like inflammatory bowel disease. (Listen to the Podcast)
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06/01/2016

Mommy's Milk Human Milk Research Biorepository launches Website 

This is the first-ever breast milk bank for research in the nation! The staff at UC San Diego Center for Better Beginnings are organizing the collection of and safe storage of breast milk samples, and is asking for your generous support. Check out their website to learn how you can donate two ounces of breast milk, and they'll keep it safe for a role in future research projects. (Visit Mommy's Milk Website)