In 2015, the Foundation has endowed the Larsson-Rosenquist Chair for Human Lactology at the University for Western Australia. As of 1st of August 2017, Valérie Verhasselt, MD PhD, is now the inaugural holder of the Chair.
With a donation of 8.6 million USD, the Foundation has endowed the first chair for human lactology worldwide in the field of biochemistry. The research carried out will contribute to new standards in the evidence-based understanding of breastfeeding.
Until now health professionals often had to rely on experience - based approaches to counsel and help breastfeeding mothers. Hence, the chair was established to improve and transform the understanding of biomedical aspects of breast milk.
Valérie Verhasselt’s translational research is aimed at understanding how breast milk impacts on immune development, tolerance formation and long-term immune homeostasis. A major objective guiding her work is the identification of factors which greatly advances our understanding of how breastfeeding may prevent allergic disease.