A translational approach to determine how is our immune health under breastfeeding influence
Identification of protective and risk factors that are specific to early life period for allergic disease prevention
Determine the role of colostrum in early post-natal and adult metabolic and immune homeostasis
Assess whether infant immunisation by breastfeeding is possible
Research team leader: Professor Valerie Verhasselt
I am a full-time academic in UWA’s School of Molecular Sciences. I trained as a medical doctor, pursued a specialisation in internal medicine and gained a PhD in immunology from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. In August 2017, I joined UWA as the first Chair in Human Lactology. For the last 10 years, I have been researching with my team how breastmilk drives immune ontogeny and long-term health. My major contribution in the field has been the discovery of the possibility to prevent allergic disease by the transfer of allergens through breastmilk and its underlying mechanisms.
- Dr Donna Geddes, UWA
- Dr Josh Milne, UWA
- Jessica Metcalfe, UWA
- Professor Thomas Riley, UWA
- Debbie Palmer, Telethon Kids Institute
- Susan Prescott, Telethon Kids Institute
- Roslyn Giglia, Telethon Kids Institute
- Mehta Shailhander, Fiona Stanley Hospital
- Thomas Egwang, Kampala University, Uganda
- Remy Burcelin, Inserm, France
- Chrystelle Bonnart, Inserm, France
- Jon Genuneit, Ulm University, Germany
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