Prof. ARDYTHE L. MORROW
Dr. Morrow is professor emerita at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, where she heads the human milk research laboratory and directs the CDC-funded PREVAIL birth cohort study and trials on human milk oligosaccharide and the microbiota. She obtained her MSc in nutrition from the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica, and her PhD from the University of Texas in epidemiology. She has more than 160 publications on infant nutrition and child health, and is a leading expert in human milk composition. Her career has focused on human milk protection against infectious and inflammatory gut disorders. This focus led her to conduct seminal research on human milk oligosaccharide in infant health, the role of fucosyltransferase2 (FUT2) gene enzyme in modifying human milk and infant gut oligosaccharide profile and its impact on infant disease and the infant gut microbiota. She founded two divisions of epidemiology and public health sciences, in Virginia and Ohio, served as the PI of an NIH program project on human milk for 15 years, has directed multiple NIH and CDC-funded studies in term and preterm infants, and has conducted multi-site studies involving locations in the US, Mexico, and China. Altogether, Dr. Morrow has been awarded more than $25 million in grants from NIH, CDC, industry and foundations. She served as President of the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation, and the director of two academic divisions. She has served as a mentor on many training grants, as a reviewer on multiple grant study sections, and a participant on multiple expert panels and study sections, including for NIH and Gates Foundation.
Prof. UMBERTO SIMEONI
Dr. Simeoni is Professor of Paediatrics at Faculté de Biologie et de Médecine, University of Lausanne and Director of the Division of Pediatrics and of the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) Research Unit at CHUV University Hospital in Lausanne Switzerland.
He graduated at Louis Pasteur University, Strasbourg, France, where he later worked in the position of Professor of Paediatrics and Director of Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units at Strasbourg University Hospital, until 2001. He then moved as Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Department of Neonatology at Aix-Marseille University and AP-HM University Hospital in Marseille, France until 2014.
His research is oriented towards the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD), with a special focus on the developmental programming of the cardio-vascular system in conditions of perinatal disease, such as intrauterine growth-restriction, preterm birth or exposure to maternal overweight/obesity and gestational diabetes. Umberto Simeoni authored and co-authored more than 150 referenced articles, several books on neonatology, and more than 300 invited lectures. He is currently President of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine and President of the Société Francophone DOHaD.