BREASTFEEDING AND LACTATION RESEARCH CENTRES
Since inception in 2013, FLRF has endowed six independent research centres that are home to nine endowed chairs, donating close to CHF 70 million to date. Endowments are designed to facilitate financial independence in perpetuity, enabling academic organisations to attract and accommodate scientific inquiries with long-term horizons.
Each centre focuses on discrete, complementary research topics that can advance the global understanding of breastfeeding and breastmilk. Their findings will be published and freely available to all. FLRF will also work with the chairs to inform and improve its own programmes and will collaborate with the centres to solve challenges and answer questions arising in the course of its activities.
FLRF is pursuing the vision of a world in which every child is granted an optimum start in life through the benefits of breastmilk.
To that end, we are working with a network of global partners to advance knowledge, and create publicly available, sustainable resources that empower healthcare providers, governments, communities and families to foster environments that will advance breastfeeding in practice.
We believe this is the way we can contribute to the quest to reach the World Health Organization Global 2030 Target to increase rates of exclusive breastfeeding in a child’s first six months of life by 50%.
2019 – Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation Shanghai Breastfeeding Research Center: the world’s first centre for basic research with a global focus on epidemiology, with Fudan University and Tongji University, and in association with Children’s Hospital of Fudan University and Shanghai First Maternity and Infant Hospital
2018 – Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation Oxford Centre for the Endocrinology of Human Lactation: investigating the molecular endocrinology of human lactation at Nuffield Department of Women’s & Reproductive Health, at Oxford University
2017 – Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation Mother-Milk-Infant Center of Research Excellence: the world’s first interdisciplinary research centre to explore breastmilk from a comprehensive, long-term perspective, at the University of California San Diego
2015 – Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation Center for Neurodevelopment, Growth and Nutrition of the Newborn: investigating the neurodevelopmental mechanisms that influence child and youth development, at the University of Zurich