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FIRST-EVER CENTRE FOR BASIC RESEARCH WITH A GLOBAL FOCUS ON EPIDEMIOLOGY OF HUMAN LACTATION OPENS IN SHANGHAI

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Fudan University, Tongji University and the Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation (FLRF) jointly established the Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation Shanghai Breastfeeding Research Center (LRF SBRC). The first-ever global hub for epidemiological investigation is dedicated to investigating critical questions surrounding breastfeeding-related physiology and best practices linked to the long-range health of mothers and children worldwide.

In association with the Children’s Hospital of Fudan University and the Shanghai First Maternity and Infant Hospital, the LRF SBRC will host four endowed professorships:

• Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation Chair in Women’s Population Epidemiology and Lactation (Fudan University)
• Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation Chair in Children’s Clinical Epidemiology (Fudan University)
• Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation Chair in Children’s Population Epidemiology and Lactation (Tongji University)
• Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation Chair in Women’s Clinical Epidemiology and Lactation (Tongji University)

The LRF SBRC has been financed for the long-term, thanks in part to a CHF 11 million endowment from FLRF, to accommodate internationally relevant research with long-term perspectives. 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 partners hope to accelerate the global epidemiological understanding of human lactation to benefit all babies – healthy term-born infants and those with medical issues – and their mothers.

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