Valerie Verhasselt, MD PhD, has been appointed to hold the Larsson-Rosenquist Chair in Human Lactology at the University of Western Australia, School of Molecular Science and commences in August 2017.
Valerie Verhasselt’s translational research is aimed at understanding how maternal milk impacts on immune development, education and long term homeostasis. A major objective guiding her work is the identification of factors which could endow breastfeeding with the capacity to prevent allergic disease as potently as it does for infectious disease.
She changes from the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis in France, where she developed the concept of breastfeeding induced tolerance for prevention of allergy.
Image from left: Valérie Verhasselt/Professor for Human Lactology, Peter Hartmann/Emeritus Professor, University of West-Australia