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April 16, 2018

Lars speaks at International Donor Human Milk Congress

Lars has been invited to speak at the 7th International Congress on Donor Human Milk Banking, organized by the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) in Denver, April 16-17, 2018.

April 11, 2018

Chloe now Dr. Autran

Chloe Autran has successfully defended her PhD thesis "Therapeutic Potential of Human Milk Components in the Context of Chronic Inflammation" at the Technical University Munich, Germany, and is now Dr. Autran.


Chloe started working with the Bode lab in September 2011 as Staff Research Associate and shortly after decided to shoot for the stars and obtain a PhD in parallel to working as the Lab Manager.


Congratulations, Chloe! The Milk Gang is very proud of you!

April 5, 2018

Lars speaks at inFLAME conference 

Invited by Dr. Susan Prescott and Dr. Anita Kozyrskyj opens the LactoActive session at the 7th Annual Workshop of the inFLAME Global Network in Canmore, Canada. 


Founded in 2012, inFLAME  was established through the Worldwide Universities Network by Dr. Susan Prescott of the University of Western Australia to address the risk factors, pathways and strategies to overcome the rising propensity for chronic inflammatory disorders, with a focus on early effects on the developing immune system.

March 23, 2018

Chloe and Lars give CMI seminar talk

Chloe Autran and Lars have been invited to give a talk at the monthly research seminar of the Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) at UC San Diego.


The talk "Human Milk Oligosaccharides at the host-microbial interface and beyond" focused on the effects of HMOs as prebiotics, antimicrobials, and antiadhesives and the potential short- and long-term consequences of shaping the composition of microbial communities in the infant gut. Chloe presented "the beyond", showcasing some of the new and exciting results from her PhD thesis that she is going to defend on April 11... - stay tuned!

March 23, 2018

Manuscript accepted in Frontiers in Pediatrics

Our manuscript "Human Milk Oligosaccharides and Associations with Immune-Mediated Disease and Infection in Childhood: A Systematic Review” has been accepted for publication in the journal Frontiers in Pediatrics. It marks the first publication from Lars' 2016 mini-sabbatical with the Melbourne Atopic Cohort Study (MACS) in Australia.


Click Here for a complete list of our publications.

March 19, 2018

Lars invited to deliver 13th Annual Founders' Lecture at ABM International Conference

Lars has been invited to deliver the 13th Annual Founders’ Lecture at the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine’s Annual International Meeting in San Francisco on Friday, November 16, 2018.

In 2005, the Founders of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, chose to recognize the scientific accomplishments in the field of breastfeeding medicine by helping to fund a lecture that would be presented each year at the Annual Meeting of ABM. The lecture is given by a renowned, accomplished scientist in the field of human milk and lactation, who is continuing to work and publish in his/her field. The Founders’ Lecture will be published in the peer-reviewed journal, Breastfeeding Medicine.

March 13, 2018

Lars on speaker tour in Hong Kong

Lars gives several lectures, seminars, and expert interviews on human milk oligosaccharides to pediatricians and obstetrician-gynecologists in Hong Kong.

March 5, 2018

Bode lab out for lunch to celebrate a bunch

The Bode lab celebrates our current lab manager Chloe Autran keeping us safe, a new lab manager Julia Najera joining the gang, Alice Drobny being selected to present her work at Experimental Biology, Chloe Yonemitsu and Bianca Robertson being part of an abstract being selected for presentation at PAS, Julia Gupta and Chloe Yonemitsu analyzing HMO composition in more human milk samples than ever before, and Melinda Chang and Ivy Nguyen isolating more HMO from pooled human milk than ever before... The Milk Gang rocks!

March 2, 2018

Bode lab welcomes Dr. Julia Najera as new Lab Manager

Dr. Julia Najera is joining the Bode lab as the team's new Lab Manager.


Julia received her PhD in Neuroscience from Brown University and postdoctoral training at The Scripps Research Institute and the UC San Diego Center for AIDS Research.


Welcome on board, Julia!

February 22, 2018

Lars speaks at NEO 2018

Lars has been invited to speak at NEO 2018, the neonatology conference in Orlando, Florida.


Lars presented on "Oligosaccharides and reducing the rate of NEC", introducing human milk oligosaccharides, summarizing their potential effects on host-microbial interactions, and outlining their potential benefits in the context of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), which remains to be one of the most frequent and often fatal intestinal disorders in preterm infants.


Click Here to visit the NEO conference website.

February 16, 2018

Alice's abstract selected for oral presentation at Experimental Biology

Alice Drobny, graduate student in the Bode lab visiting from the Justus-Liebig-University in Giessen, Germany, has been selected to present her project "Protective Effects of Human Milk Oligosaccharides on Intestinal Epithelial Function Assessed in Enteroid-Derived Monolayers" during the "Featured Topic - John Forte GIL Plenary Session" of The American Physiological Society at the Experimental Biology (EB) conference in San Diego, April 21-25, 2018. Alice is also going to present a poster highlighting her work.


Congratulations, Alice!

February 16, 2018

Lars to co-chair 6th International Conference Human Milk Science and Innovation

Together with Dr. William Rhine, Professor at Stanford University, Lars is going to co-chair the 6th International Conference Human Milk Science and Innovation at The Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, California, September 5-8, 2018.

February 16, 2018

"Milky Way Constellation" presents at Rady Children's Hospital San Diego Grand Rounds 

Drs. Jae Kim, Lisa Stellwagen, Christina Chambers, and Lars Bode present at Rady Children's Hospital San Diego Grand Rounds and introduce the individual components of the "Milky Way Constellation" at UC San Diego and outline the combined and synergistic efforts around human milk clinical application, research, and eduction.

Dr. Jae Kim, MD PhD, talked about the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) and the Supporting Premature Infant Nutrition (SPIN) program. Dr. Lisa Stellwagen, MD, introduced the developing San Diego Mothers' Milk Bank. Dr. Christina Chambers, PhD, presents concept and first data from Mommy's Milk Human Milk Research Biorepository. Dr. Lars Bode, PhD, introduced the work of the newly launched Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation Mother-Milk-Infant Center of Research Excellence (LRF MoMI CoRE).


The "Milky Way Constellation" at UC San Diego aims to

  1. Improve breastfeeding outcomes for mother, child, and society 
  2. Standardize nutritional care in the NICU
  3. Develop clinical and research milk bank capabilities
  4. Add to the evidence-based understanding of human milk biology, physiology, and pathology
  5. Expand research networks investigating human milk – locally and on a global scale 

January 29, 2018

Human milk research highlighted in episode of "The Civilize Podcast"  

UC San Diego’s LRF MoMI CoRE has officially gone “uncivilize(d)”!


Award-winning author Jennifer Grayson, who published the book “Unlatched” a couple of years ago, just released the latest episode of her new project “The Uncivilize Podcast”. In the episode called “The Milk Moonshot”, Jennifer highlights LRF MoMI CoRE, explains why human milk is more than just food, and why breastfeeding not only improves health, but also contributes to social equity.

Click Here to a link to the podcast landing page.


Click Here to the podcast on itunes.

January 19, 2018

Bode lab searching for Lab Manager

ACTIVE RECRUITMENT  (Filing Deadline: Friday 2/2/2018)


The Bode lab is actively seeking to fill a Lab Manager position .


Under supervision of academic supervisor, the candidate will manage all aspects of the Bode research laboratory, which is dedicated to studying the biosynthesis and effects of human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs). The candidate is expected to ensure smooth and safe functioning of the laboratory, as well as contribute to the execution of research projects and propose possible changes or new directions when appropriate.


Highly skilled and motivated candidates are encouraged to apply online: 


UCSD Position #91787 Lab Manager

January 11, 2018

Lars speaks at San Diego Microbiology Group research seminar

Lars has been invited to speak at the San Diego Microbiology Group seminar hosted at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography in La Jolla. 


Lars presented on "Human Milk Oligosaccharides shape microbial communities early in life with potential health implications throughout the life cycle."


The San Diego Microbiology Group (SDMG) is a graduate student-led organization that proudly represents a student and postdoctoral chapter for the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). Founded in 1996, SDMG promotes scientific and collegial interaction among microbiology researchers in San Diego and Southern California. The major focus of the group, since its inception, is to promote the communication of current microbiology research in the local scientific community through monthly evening seminars and an annual one-day symposium.

Dedicated to Research on Human Milk Oligosaccharides

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