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The University of California San Diego (UCSD) and FLRF jointly established the Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation Mother-Milk-Infant Center of Research Excellence (LRF MOMI CORE) at the UC San Diego School of Medicine in 2017 to learn how breastmilk can help treat and prevent some of the world’s most deadly diseases.
Recent evidence has repeatedly shown that breastmilk provides far more than just nutrition for infants. Breastmilk is emerging as a powerful tool fundamental to fighting global killers such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and infectious superbugs.
At LRF MOMI CORE and directed by Professor Lars Bode, basic researchers, clinical practitioners and educators are developing a comprehensive understanding of breastmilk and its mechanisms through long-term, interdisciplinary research. The center provides evidence-based insight into how genetic and environmental factors affect milk composition, and how breastmilk impacts health across the life span.
One way LRF MOMI CORE facilitates interdisciplinary exploration into breastmilk is through annual pilot grants: MOMI SEEDS. Since 2018, MOMI SEEDS have been awarded to UCSD researchers from all areas of study, helping fund early-stage projects that advance our understanding of breastmilk and its impact on infant gut health, neurodevelopment, immune system development, viral and bacterial infectious diseases, epigenetics, liver disease and more.
The work of the center will translate into benefits for long-term health and development by generating multidisciplinary research on how and why human milk promotes optimal health, growth and development.
By studying human milk to identify new prevention and treatment options to bring new advances in medicine and treatments, the center will ultimately decrease the population risk for certain diseases and improve health, contributing to SDGs 2, 3, 5 and 8:
FLRF donated USD 10.5 million to endow LRF MOMI CORE – read the press release.
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“014 The Milk Moonshot”, Interview with Lars Bode and Alan Daly, by Jennifer Grayson: see blog
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