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Workshop on Human Milk Composition – Biological, Environmental, Nutritional, and Methodological Considerations

Nov. 16 - 17, 2017 Location Contacts
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Event Details

Background

The Federal Data Consortium on Pregnancy and Birth to 24 Months (P/B24) is a forum of Federal agencies to discuss needs for data on P/B24 populations and find opportunities for collaborative initiatives. Through this Data Consortium, high priority needs were articulated for current and expanded data on the composition of human milk for advancing public health initiatives. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has maintained the food composition data in the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference (SR), including for human milk. However, these data are not current and the published literature do not provide adequate data to update the SR database for human milk. As such, ARS is collaborating with the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the sponsoring agency for this workshop, the Office of Nutrition Research of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) of HHS to first gather information 1) on the scientific needs for human milk composition (HMC) data, 2) on experimental designs for human milk collection, storage, and analysis, and 3) to develop a vision for establishing a research program to develop a HMC Database.

The focus of participation in this meeting is for Federal agencies with scientific expertise and/or interest in the composition of human milk. Non-federal participants include invited academic experts in human milk composition and experimental designs for human milk collection, storage, and analysis as well as database development. The role of non-federal invited experts is to assist the federal agencies in information gathering. As such, invited presentations should address the state of the science on the topic, which should be informed by personal research experiences, but not present the individual’s research program or study results.

The information presented through this meeting, including the list of attendees, will be published in a peer-reviewed journal. All attendees will be asked to provide appropriate disclosures.

Meeting Objectives

Through presentations, open discussion, and follow-up communications this workshop aims to

  • Present and discuss the scientific needs for data on human milk composition
  • Explore the current understanding of factors affecting milk composition and identify methodological challenges in human milk collection, storage, and analysis
  • Develop a vision to establish a research program to develop a human milk composition database

Organizing Committee

Office of Nutrition Research, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Christopher Lynch, Ph.D. (POC: christopher.lynch@nih.gov)

Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Richard Olson, M.D., M.P.H.
Kellie Casavale, Ph.D., R.D. (POC: kellie.casavale@hhs.gov)

Nutrient Data Laboratory, Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center, Agricultural Research Service U.S. Department of Agriculture

Pamela Pehrsson, Ph.D.
Xianli Wu, Ph.D.
Jaspreet Ahuja, M.S. (POC: jaspreet.ahuja@ars.usda.gov)

Registration Deadline

Please register to attend this workshop by October 25th, 2017, indicating whether you prefer to attend in-person or by webinar.

Non-federal attendance is by invitation only. Federal in-person attendance is space-limited. Priority will be given to individuals on the “Volunteer Interest/Expert Group” that includes staff from Federal agencies with scientific expertise and/or interest in the composition of human milk and academic experts in experimental designs for human milk collection, storage, and analysis as well as database development. For those who register to attend in-person, if space is not available, you will be contacted after registration closes and provided the webinar instruction.