Dr. Veronique Demers-Mathieu, Senior Research Scientist, Medolac Laboratories
"How do human milk antibodies help to protect the immature gut in preterm infants against infections?"
Breastfeeding protects against infections and promotes the development of the immature immune system in newborns. This protection is partially due to the transfer of immune components from the mother to their infant. This passive immunization is done, in part, by human milk antibodies, including secretory IgA (SIgA), IgM and IgG. SIgA is the most abundant antibody in human milk (»90%) and critical in the infant’s gut as it neutralizes bacterial (including toxins) and viral agents by binding to them, thus reducing their ability to interact with epithelial cells and infect. This talk will discuss how human milk antibodies help to protect the immature gut in preterm infants against infection.
Arrive at 6:30 p.m. to dine and hang out.
Talk begins at 7 p.m.