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News Blog - 2019

December 11 , 2019

Joae performs in the musical Twisted

Joae Kwhak, undergraduate student in the Bode lab, reveals her other talents and performs as one of the stars in the muscial Twisted, and, of course, the lab had to go see it for ourselves. - What a character; what a voice!

December 3 , 2019

Manuscript accepted in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research

84. Pekmez CT, Wange Larsson M, Vendelbo Lind M, Vazquez Manjarrez N, Yonemitsu C, Larnkjær A, Bode L, Mølgaard C, Michaelsen KF, Dragsted LO (2019) Breastmilk lipids and oligosaccharides influence branched short chain fatty acid concentrations in infants with excessive weight gain. Molecular Nutrition & Food Research (Accepted)

November 21, 2019

Bode Lab celebrated another successful year with the now traditional fondue dinner

November 6, 2019

Lars serves on National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee

Lars serves on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee "Scanning for New Evidence on the Nutrient Content of Human Milk".


The final product will be designed to serve as a template for use in informing the development of future dietary reference intake values for infants from birth through 12 months of age. - Desperately needed and wonderful to see that different agencies are interested in this space. 

November 6, 2019

Lars gives HMO webinar

November 4, 2019

Lars speaks at SCANN conference and at 1st UC San Diego Human Milk Research Symposium

October 27, 2019

Lars speaks at American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference

October 11, 2019

Lars speaks at Brazilian Pediatric Society Conference in Porto Alegre, Brazil

October 10, 2019

Lars speaks at EMBA congress in Turin, Italy

October 4, 2019

"What's Next for Human Breast Milk?" - Special Issue on 2019 Top Doctors in San Diego Magazine

"What's Next for Human Breast Milk" - an article written by Josh Baxt highlighting some of the human milk studies conducted at UC San Diego appeared in a Special Issue on 2019 Top Doctors in San Diego Magazine.


Click Here to read the full story.

September 27, 2019

Lars speaks at Italian National Society for Neonatology Congress in Catania, Sicily

September 25, 2019

Lars speaks at NNIW94

August 13, 2019

Manuscript accepted for publication in Current Trends in Immunology

July 22, 2019

Manuscript accepted for publication in Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition

July 4, 2019

Manuscript accepted for publication in Frontiers Pediatrics

July 3, 2019

Dr. Katja Becker elected DFG President

Congratulations to our colleague and collaborator Dr. Katja Becker for being elected DFG President - the German NIH equivalent and Europe's largest funding agency! 


Katja has been our collaborator on the malaria project for over 10 years - generating NIH R21 and R01 funding and almost a dozen publications.

July 1, 2019

Bode Lab celebrates 10 Years Anniversary

On July 1, 2009, we moved from the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in La Jolla to the UC San Diego's Hillcrest campus to start a new lab dedicated to discovering human milk oligosaccharide biosynthesis and functions. - Today marks the 10th Anniversary!


In the meantime, we moved to the most vibrant facility on the UC San Diego main campus in La Jolla, published dozens of papers and presented our work at conferences and symposia around the world...


The best part of the past 10 years? - Working with amazing people, seeing them develop and launch their own careers!

June 6, 2019

Manuscript accepted for publication in Maternal & Child Nutrition

June 6, 2019

Lars speaks at ESPGHAN in Glasgow, Scotland

May 31, 2019

Lars speaks at Academy of Neonatal Nursing Conference in Palm Springs

May 22, 2019

Lars speaks at 2019 Perinatal Symposium, Tri-City Medical Center

May 17, 2019

Milk Gang celebrates our UC San Diego Graduates

Congratulations to Ann Abraham, Melinda Chang, and Ivy Nguyen for graduating from UC San Diego! All three of them have been working on our lab and will continue to work with us throughout and after the summer. 


We're very proud of you and lucky to have you as part of the Milk Gang!

April 29, 2019

Lars speaks at Vice Chancellor's Spring Symposium

The Kids are Going to Be Alright


Lars speaks at the 2019 Vice Chancellor's Spring Symposium about the "Power of Human Breast Milk - For Babies and Adults", a panel moderated by Science Magazine Staff Writer Jon Cohen.


Watch the video below!

April 29, 2019

UCSD launches MOMI Biome, a new partnership that focuses on human milk and the microbiome

Breastfeeding is a primary driver in shaping the infant microbiome with immediate and long-term consequences for health and development. But what components in human milk help shape the infant microbiome and how exactly does it work? Can we harness the power of human milk and use it as a template to develop new therapeutics for adults that suffer from debilitating and life-threatening diseases that involve a disturbed and dysfunctional microbiome? – No better place to find out than UC San Diego!

The Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation Mother-Milk-Infant Center of Research Excellence (MOMI CORE) and the Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI), two renowned research centers at UC San Diego, are joining forces to take a deeper look at how human milk and the microbiome are connected and how the generated knowledge can be leveraged to improve health and fight diseases in an impactful way.


Click Here to read the full UC San Diego Health press release.

April 27, 2019

Lars promoted from Associate to full Professor 

April 22, 2019

Bode Lab Field Trip to the San Diego Safari Park & Frozen Zoo

April 18, 2019

Walking down HMO memory lane

The recent breakthrough developments in human milk oligosaccharide (HMO) discovery, application and commercialization are based on decades of tedious, fundamental research by an interdisciplinary group of people who believed in the power of HMOs way before it became a “cool thing”. One of them, Dr. Clemens Kunz just retired a few months ago from the Justus-Liebig-University in Giessen, Germany. Clemens was a student of Dr. Heinz Egge, who himself was a student of Dr. Richard Kuhn, who together with Dr. Paul György and others discovered HMOs.


I [Lars] joined Clemens’ group in Giessen in October 2000 and remember those days in the old villa in the Wilhelmstrasse like it was yesterday. Clemens has been a true inspiration and an excellent mentor throughout the years – and a kind and humble man – and I’m sure he’ll continue to contribute to HMO research during his “retirement”.  


Following the historic string of mentors and trainees, the Bode lab is committed to keeping the legacy alive and pushing the frontiers of HMOs in years to come! What an exciting time to be working in this field thanks to those who came before us...

April 15, 2019

Meet our Collaborators - New section added to website

We work at the forefront of HMO research, but we can't do it alone. In fact, we have been very fortunate to team up researchers and clinicians from around the world who are considered some of the best in their respective disciplines. 


We have created a brand-new website section to highlight some of these exciting and productive collaborations. We have started with some of the national and international cohorts we are involved in and will soon add sections on individual labs.


We strive to work with the world's experts who can apply their unique expertise to HMO research. Email to explore potential collaborations.

April 15, 2019

Manuscript accepted for publication in Frontiers in Nutrition

April 8, 2019

Elephant project highlighted in Washington Post

Our collaboration with the San Diego Safari Park on elephant milk has been highlighted in the Washington Post.


Click Here to read the full article.

April 7, 2019

Manuscript accepted for publication in American Journal of Physical Anthropology

April 4, 2019

Therapeutics Discovery highlighted in the news

Our therapeutics discovery work has been highlighted in several national news outlets over the past few days.


Click Here to watch just one example.

March 27, 2019

Manuscript accepted for publication in Frontiers in Nutrition

March 19, 2019

Lars speaks at International Pediatric Association Congress (IPA 2019) in Panama City

February 8, 2019

Lars speaks at Nutrition & Growth in Valencia, Spain

February 13, 2019

Manuscript published in Cell Host & Microbe

February 13, 2019

Lars presents CHAMPS webinar

Invited by Dr. Anne Meerwood, Lars presents a webinar for CHAMPS (Communities and Hospitals Advancing Maternity Practices) in collaboration with the Mississippi State Department of Health, Wednesday, February 13, 12-1pm (Central time).

February 12, 2019

Lars joins ISRHML 2020 Scientific Organizing Committee

The 20th Conference of the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation (ISRHML), co-chaired by Dr. Berthold Koletzko and Dr. Magnus Domelloef, will be held in beautiful Stockholm, Sweden, in August 2020.


Stay tuned for more information on program, venue, and more...

February 7, 2019

Lars gives CHRIM & DEVOTION Research Rounds

February 5, 2019

Lars participates in Breastfeeding and the Origins of Health workshop

February 2, 2019

Lars speaks at San Diego Glycobiology Symposium

Lars provides an update on Human Milk Oligosaccharide research at the annual San Diego Glycobiology Symposium organized by UC San Diego's Glycobiology Research and Training Center (GRTC).

January 29, 2019

Bode lab and San Diego Zoo Safari Park work together on Elephant Milk Study

January 22, 2019

Manuscript published in JAMA Pediatrics

"Although HMO composition is largely genetically determined, maternal probiotic supplementation during late stages of pregnancy may change the HMO composition in human milk."


Read the full article Here.

January 21, 2019

Manuscript accepted in Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

Our manuscript "Interrogation of Milk-driven Changes to the Proteome of Intestinal Epithelial Cells by Integrated Proteomics and Glycomics", a collaboration with Dr. Rita Hickey's lab in Ireland, has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

January 15, 2019

Lars speaks at Arkansas Children's Nutrition Center

Invited by Dr. Laxmi Yeruva, Lars provides a lecture on "Human Milk Oligosaccharides: Prebiotics and Beyond" at the Arkansas Children's Nutrition Center, Arkansas Children's Research Institute in Little Rock, Arkansas.

January 11, 2019

Manuscript accepted for publication in Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Our manuscript "Bovine colostrum-driven Modulation of Intestinal Epithelial Cells for increased Commensal Colonisation", a collaboration with Dr. Rita Hickey's lab in Ireland, has been accepted for publication in the journal Applied Mircobiology and Biotechnology.

January 9, 2019

Manuscript accepted for publication in Malaria Journal

Our mauscript "Glucose 6-phosphate dehydrogenase 6-phosphogluconolactonase: Characterization of the Plasmodium vivax enzyme and inhibitor studies", a collaboration with Dr. Katja Becker's group in Giessen, Germany, and Dr. Anthony Pinkerton at the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in La Jolla, has been accepted for publication in Malaria Journal.

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