MOMI Biome, a new partnership made from the joining of two world-renowned centers from the University of California San Diego will allow researchers to join forces and take a deeper look at how human milk components and the microbiome can impact human health and development – in both infants and adults.
The Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation Mother-Milk-Infant Center of Research Excellence (MOMI CORE) and the Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Jacobs School of Engineering have come together to increase the reach of their synergistic research.
Although previous studies have shown the first 1,000 days of life are a key phase for the development of the microbiome, with breast milk being one of the main factors that influence microbiome development over this period, the microbiome is now known not only as a key to healthy early childhood development but as an important consideration starting even before conception, with maternal health.
What will MOMI Biome research?
- What components in human milk help shape the infant microbiome early on in life?
- Can we learn from “Mother Nature” and explore components in human milk as novel microbiome therapeutics to shape microbial communities in adults?
- Does maternal gut microbiome influence milk composition?
- Does the microbiome influence how drugs, toxins, and nutrients get into the milk, and how much they are absorbed by the infant?
- What is the milk microbiome?
- How does it get there?
- How important is it for maternal-infant/health?
- Does milk microbiome contain potential new probiotics?
How can you help?
As a philanthropist, your gift to MOMI Biome will help us advance innovative research, provide state-of-the-art equipment, recruit and retain outstanding faculty and staff, and train the next generation of leaders in the field of human milk research - all with the ultimate goal of optimizing maternal and infant health.
Every gift, no matter how small, will make a difference. Options include annual gifts, planned gifts, tribute gifts, matching gifts and endowments.
We are welcoming industry companies to join our new efforts by supporting this tremendous and impactful project, either by supporting some of our students working on the project or engaging in targeted sponsored research agreements on this topic.
If you have questions or are looking for more information please contact us at MOMIBiome@ucsd.edu