The International Conference on Human Milk Science and Innovation

Founded by Prolacta Bioscience, the International Conference on Human Milk Science and Innovation is a forum covering the latest in scientific and clinical research related to human milk. Renowned scientists and clinicians from around the world attend this annual event to present and discuss the scientific potential of human milk and raise awareness of its clinical applicability.

About Our Co-Chairs

J. Bruce German, PhD Professor in Food Science and Technology
Director, Foods for Health Institute
University of California, Davis
Davis, California
Bruce German received his PhD from Cornell University and joined the faculty at the University of California, Davis in 1988. In 1997, he was named the first John E. Kinsella Endowed Chair in Food, Nutrition and Health, and is currently Director of the Foods for Health Institute and Professor at the University of California, Davis. His research interests include the structure and function of dietary lipids, the role of milk components in food and health and the application of metabolic assessment to personalizing diet and health. The goal of his research is to build the knowledge necessary to improve human health through personalized health measurements and foods. Research projects directed to this goal are studying how individual human lipid metabolism responds to the chemical composition and structural organization of foods.
William Rhine, MD Medical Director, Neonatal ICU
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology)
Stanford School of Medicine
Palo Alto, California
Dr. William Rhine has been a part of the medical academic community at Stanford for over 30 years. After medical school, residency and fellowship training there, he has risen through its faculty ranks and is now a Professor of Pediatrics. He has served as the medical director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital for over 10 years. He has also served as President of the LPCH Medical Staff, acting Pediatrics Residency Program Director and President of the Board of Governors of the Stanford Medical Center Alumni Association. Dr. Rhine has conducted research and published in several areas including ECMO heart-lung bypass, inhaled nitric oxide and neonatal brain injury. More recently, he has been involved in neonatology quality improvement at the state and national levels.