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FASEB Science Research Conference: Human Milk

Origins and benefits of biologically active components in human milk

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

Bethesda, MD - The main focus of this new FASEB Science Research Conference is to delineate the state-of-the-science (including research gaps) related to origins and benefits of biologically-active components in human milk. Although many of these milk constituents - for example oligosaccharides, immune cells, and microbes - have been studied for decades, new analytical approaches, research findings, and paradigm shifts are rapidly providing new insights as to how they might impact both maternal and infant health. Moreover, interdisciplinary work is beginning to shed light on how these factors might be interacting in both the mammary gland and the infant's gastrointestinal tract. Topics programmed as major conference symposia include oligosaccharide synthesis (both in vivo and industrial), metabolism, analysis, and roles in the body; the human milk microbiome and computational approaches needed to understand its complexity, effectors, and functions; and the analysis and role of host cells (immune and otherwise) in human milk. The relationship between milk constituents and food allergies will also be discussed, as will the emerging area of milk genomics.

Several hallmarks of this meeting make it especially timely and applicable to myriad and diverse scientists and others interested in research related to human milk composition and lactation. For instance, the organizers have carefully structured the conference to foster substantial opportunities for formal and informal interactions between academicians and individuals working in the private (industry) sector. Development of newly-emerging talent and collaborations will also be encouraged via informal, inclusive "meet-the-expert" luncheons geared not only toward connecting young scientists-in-training with established researchers in the field but in some cases forging new interfaces among senior scientists who have not interacted previously. In this way, the organizers are confident that the program will facilitate fruitful bridge building and cross-talk between and among multiple areas of science, techniques, and skill levels to inspire new innovations and quality science and application within the important area of human milk and lactation.

FASEB has announced a total of 34 Science Research Conferences (SRC) in 2015. Registration opens January 20, 2015. For more information about an SRC, view preliminary programs, or find a listing of all our 2015 SRCs, please visit


Since 1982, FASEB SRC has offered a continuing series of inter-disciplinary exchanges that are recognized as a valuable complement to the highly successful society meetings. Divided into small groups, scientists from around the world meet intimately and without distractions to explore new approaches to those research areas undergoing rapid scientific changes. In efforts to expand the SRC series, potential organizers are encouraged to contact SRC staff at Proposal guidelines can be found at

FASEB is composed of 27 societies with more than 120,000 members, making it the largest coalition of biomedical research associations in the United States. Our mission is to advance health and welfare by promoting progress and education in biological and biomedical sciences through service to our member societies and collaborative advocacy.

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
9650 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20814-3998

Contact: Kristen Hagy, CMP
Office of Scientific Meetings & Conferences

Date: July 19-24, 2015, Big Sky, MT
Organizers: Lars Bode, Michelle McGuire

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