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New research project investigates the protective effect of breast milk on development of a newborn infant’s immune system

New research project investigates the protective effect of breast milk on development of a newborn infant’s immune system

The Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation has made a USD 400,000 grant to Professor W. Allan Walker, Conrad Taff Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, to study the mechanisms underlying breast milk’s influence on the initial bacterial colonisation of newborn infants and how these particular gut bacteria affect the development of a healthy immune system.

Under the leadership of Professor Walker and his team, the two-year research project is being conducted at the Mucosal Immunology and Biology Research Center at the Harvard-affiliated MassGeneral Hospital for Children in Boston, Massachusetts. Findings from the research project are expected to be published in 2020.