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Gretel Finch attends International Society of Research in Human Milk and Lactation Conference in South Africa

21 March 2016

Congratulations to Gretel Finch who was awarded a grant from the Nutrition Society to contribute towards attending the International Society of Research in Human Milk and Lactation Conference in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Dr Gretel Finch, Daphne Jackson Research Fellow from the Nutrition and Behaviour Unit recently attended the International Society of Research in Human Milk (ISRHML) and Lactation 18th Annual Congress in Stellenbosch, South Africa. This was partially funded by a grant awarded to Dr Finch by the Nutrition Society to present her poster on ‘Factors affecting maternal eating behaviour: indications for postpartum weight gain and obesity’.

Over 160 worldwide multidisciplinary delegates attended the ISRHML conference, hosted for the first time on the African continent, including those working in public health, nutrition, clinical, observational and field research, as well as midwives, lactation consultants, medical doctors and policy makers.

The 5 day conference featured pre conference workshops on Human Milk Banking, Essentials of Basic Research in Human Milk and Lactation, Research and Implementation among Low Income and Traditional Populations and Analysis of Big Data, two poster sessions and scientific sessions on Breastfeeding in the Context of HIV; Breastmilk and Pathogen Protection; Breastfeeding Programs in Middle-Income and Developing Countries; Obesity, Diabetes and Milk Secretion; Minerals in Milk: Developmental Biology and Requirements in Infants and their Mothers; The Epithelial Barrier in the Mammary Gland and Intestine and Breastfeeding, Infant Growth, Body Composition and later Obesity.

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