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HMI Launch & Symposium, March 30, 2023

Scripps Seaside Forum
8610 Kennel Way
La Jolla, CA 92037


9:00 AM

Check-in opens

9:30 AM


10:00 AM

The Human Milk Institute: A Vision for the Future of Human Milk

Lars Bode, PhD
Director, Human Milk Institute
UC San Diego


10:30 AM

KEYNOTE: CDC’s Breastfeeding Data and Research: Opportunities to Move the Field Forward

Heather C. Hamner, PhD, MS, MPH
Health Scientist
Maternal, Infant, and Toddler Nutrition Team
Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


11:00 AM

Sixteen Days

Stephanie Lehman, PhD
Donor Coordinator, UC Health Milk Bank

Izzie Lehman
Senior, Scripps Ranch High School


11:15 AM

The Rising Importance of Human Milk to Premature and Sick Neonates

Jae Kim, MD, PhD
Institute Co-Director, Perinatal Institute
Director, Division of Neonatology
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center


11:45 AM



1:00 PM

KEYNOTE: NICHD and its Commitment to Human Milk Research: Both Now and Moving Forward

Andrew A. Bremer, MD, MAS, PhD
Chief, Pediatric Growth and Nutrition Branch
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)


1:30 PM

Infant Oral Dynamics are Critical to Successful Breastfeeding: the Good, Bad and the Unknown

Donna Geddes, PhD
University of Western Australia, Perth


2:00 PM

Human Milk Nutrient Fortification: Gaps and Opportunities to Impact the Health and Development of the High Risk Infant

Deborah (Debbie) O’Connor, PhD, RD
Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Human Milk and Infant Nutrition
Earle W. McHenry Professor and Chair of the Department of Nutritional Sciences
University of Toronto


2:30 PM



3:00 PM

Maternal Transfer of Immunity via Breastmilk and its Implications for Long-term Health.

Deepshika (Shika) Ramanan, PhD
Assistant Professor
The Salk Institute


3:20 PM

Point-of-Care Human Milk Testing - A MOMI CORE Seed Grant Success Story

Drew Hall, PhD
Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
UC San Diego


3:40 PM

Milk Banking Best Practices: A Report from the Pre-Symposium Workshop

Lisa Stellwagen, MD
Director, UC Health Milk Bank
UC San Diego


4:05 PM

Building Community-Academic Partnerships to Advance Human Milk Research: A Report from the ACTRI/Human Milk Research Biorepository Pre-Symposium Workshop

Christina (Tina) Chambers, MD
Division Chief Environmental Science and Health, Department of Pediatrics, and Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science
Associate Director of the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute, School of Medicine
UC San Diego


4:30 PM

Closing Remarks

Lars Bode, PhD
Director, Human Milk Institute
UC San Diego

4:35 PM

Sunset Cocktail Reception

6:00 PM

Event ends