By: Talking Nutrition Editors
On Wednesday, 18 November 2020 (9:00 AM AND 16:00 PM CET) DSM will welcome Prof. Hania Szajewska, a world-renowned expert in pediatric gastroenterology to present a webinar on Human Milk Oligosaccharides (HMOs) and their impact on infant health. The webinar will provide an update on the most recent science surrounding the role of HMOs in breast milk. Prof. Szajewska will also describe how an HMO structure affects their function, including their immune supportive effects, how HMO benefits can be applied to formula-fed infants, and what she considers the most promising areas for future HMO research. Read below for a preview of what you can expect when you join the webinar.
Breastmilk provides the best start in life for infants. It contains essential nutrients for an infant’s growth and development. Breastmilk also influences the development of the infants digestive and immune systems by providing the beneficial bacteria in our gut with the food needed to fuel their growth, and support a complex and finely balanced gut microbiota.
HMOs are naturally occurring prebiotics that feed beneficial bacteria in the gut.1 They are complex carbohydrates found in human breastmilk and the third largest component of breastmilk (excluding water). HMOs mostly escape digestion in the small intestine and arrive in the colon largely intact, where they serve as food for beneficial bacteria like bifidobacteria and lactobacillus.2 Some of the positive health outcomes in breastfed infants may be due, in part, to HMOs.
Professor Hania Szajewska, MD is uniquely qualified to present this webinar. She is a world-renowned expert in pediatric gastroenterology with a research focus on probiotics, prebiotics, and how early dietary interventions effect long-term health. Prof. Szajewska is the Chair of the Department of Paediatrics of The Medical University of Warsaw and a board member of International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics. Prof. Szajewska has over 300 publications and 25 book chapters. Until 2019, she served as the Editor-in-Chief (Europe) of the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. Previously, Prof. Szajewska served as a member of the Council and then as the General Secretary of the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN).
Our recent interview with Prof. Szajewska lays the groundwork for what you’ll learn more about during her webinar.
*compared to infants who received infant formula without HMOs
Learn more about HMOs by joining DSM’s webinar on Wednesday, 18 November 2020 at either 9:00 am or 16:00 pm CET. On-demand viewing will be available after the live event.
10 November 2020
7 min read
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