The International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation
The International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation




August 17-20, 2020
8/17, 8/19, 8/20: 10AM EST (4PM CEST)
8/18: 1AM EST (7AM CEST)


We are pleased to announce that ISRHML will be offering the Virtual ISRHML Research Workshop 2020 this summer, kindly supported by an unrestricted grant from the Family Larsson Rosenquist Foundation. This will be an opportunity to present abstracts on original research results during the days of the previously scheduled ISRHML conference (August 17th – 20th, 2020) and is free to ISRHML members. Each day there will be a 90-minute session providing one invited presentation followed by selected oral abstract presentations. Each 90-minute sessions will be recorded and made available to ISRHML members after the virtual event. Accepted abstracts shall be published in “Frontiers Pediatrics.” In addition to the daily 90-minute sessions, ISRHML members can view all accepted abstracts via the ISRHML website, as well as a vote for the best Trainee Infographic Competition (voting link will be sent out via email). In addition, we will grant best abstract and Trainee Infographic awards.


Accepted abstracts have been published on Frontiers. Click here to view.


This is an opportunity to share for ISRHML Trainees science in a fun, easy way to understand and build a reputation among experts who might be interested in your work (especially if you are looking for your next position or for general networking). It is also a great opportunity to spread awareness around the importance of breastfeeding and research in breastfeeding, human milk and lactation.

Click here to see the Trainee Infographics on the TIG Blog.


August 17th 10AM EST (4PM CEST)
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Shelley McGuire, Director and Professor of Maternal and Child Nutrition
Presentation Title: COVID-19, breastfeeding, and human milk: getting the science right sooner rather than later.
Short Abstract Presenters:
  1. Akila Rekima on behalf of Patricia Macchiaverni. A role for early oral exposure to house dust mite allergens through breast milk in IgE-mediated food allergy susceptibility.
  2. Veronique Demers-Mathieu. Difference in levels of SARS-CoV-2 S1 and S2 subunits- and nucleocapsid protein-reactive SIgM/IgM, IgG and SIgA/IgA antibodies in human milk.
  3. Rebecca Knapp. COVID-19 response in Mississippi birthing hospitals enrolled in CHAMPS.
  4. Lieke van den Elsen. Malaria antigen shedding in breastmilk of mothers from a region with endemic malaria.
August 18th 1AM EST (7AM CEST)
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Hans van Goudoever, Head of Pediatrics VUmc and Emma Children’s Hospital AMC
Presentation Title: COVID and human milk immunity
Short Abstract Presenters:
  1. Emily Nagel. Human milk glucose, insulin, and leptin are prospectively associated with cessation of exclusive breastfeeding.
  2. Brett Vahkal. Proteome in human milk: Term-dependent changes in exosome composition and modulation of inflammatory markers in vitro.
  3. Grace Elbert. Expression of inflammation associated genes in the mammary gland of lactating women with elevated plasma triglycerides.
  4. Ping Dong. Protective effects of human milk-derived exosomes on intestinal stem cells damaged by oxidative stress.
August 19th 10AM EST (4PM CEST)

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Christopher Stewart, Newcastle University Academic Career Track Fellow, Newcastle University
Presentation Title: Human milk and infant microbiome

Short Abstract Presenters:
  1. Jayne Martin Carli. Single cell RNA sequencing of human milk derived cells illuminates differentiation trajectory among mammary epithelial cells.
  2. Alecia-Jane Twigger. Understanding the development of the human lactating breast at a single cell level.
  3. Sarah Reyes. Effects of Collection and Freezing Methods on the Human Milk Microbiota: An In-Home Randomized Crossover Trial.
  4. Sharon Donovan. Dietary Sialyllactose Influences Gene Expression in Piglet Ileum and Colon.
August 20th 10AM EST (4PM CEST)

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Larry Grummer-Strawn, Technical Officer, World Health Organization
Presentation Title: Global infant feeding policy recommendations: what’s new and what’s coming up

Short Abstract Presenters:
  1. Zoya Gridneva. Maternal characteristics related to milk production in mothers of term infants.
  2. Julie A Patterson. Distribution of Baby-friendly hospital’s in the U.S. and their impact on exclusive breastfeeding according to the Area Deprivation Index.
  3. Lisa Marie Piwoszkin. Hand Expression Simulation: A Staff Education Intervention to Improve the Provision of Maternal Breast Milk for Infants Admitted to the NICU.
  4. Natalie Scime. Association of prenatal medical risk with breastfeeding duration in a community-based birth cohort.


Assistant Professor  
Director of Graduate Studies
University of Idaho

Research Scientist
IATA-CSIC Adjunct Professor
University of Turku, Finland