The first-ever centre for basic research with a global focus on the epidemiology of human lactation has been jointly established by Fudan University (FU), Tongji University (TU) and the Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation (FLRF), in association with Children’s Hospital of Fudan University and Shanghai First Maternity and Infant Hospital.
Called the Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation Shanghai Breastfeeding Research Center (LRF SBRC), it will investigate critical questions surrounding breastfeeding-related physiology and best practices linked to the long-range health of mothers and children worldwide.
The centre’s researchers will also focus on objectives with universal relevance such as policy formation, scaling up breastfeeding programmes, developing young, international scientific talent and improving bedside care.
The LRF SBRC is home to four endowed professorships:
• Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation Chair in Women’s Population Epidemiology and Lactation (FU)
• Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation Chair in Children’s Clinical Epidemiology and Lactation (FU)
• Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation Chair in Children’s Population Epidemiology and Lactation (TU)
• Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation Chair in Women’s Clinical Epidemiology and Lactation (TU)
The LRF SBRC was funded in part with a CHF 11 million endowment from FLRF. Endowments facilitate financial independence in perpetuity, and thus enable academic organisations to accommodate panoramic research with long horizons.