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

Lars Bode, PhD Associate Professor of Pediatrics,
Division of Neonatology and Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition,
University of California San Diego
San Diego, California
Dr. Lars Bode received his PhD from the Institute of Child Health, University College London and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in La Jolla, California. He is currently an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatology and the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition at the University of California San Diego. Dr. Bode was named the first Director of the Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation Mother-Milk- Infant Center of Research Excellence (LRF MoMI CoRE) and was recently appointed as the first Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation Chair of Collaborative Human Milk Research.
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.