Variations in Human Milk Composition: Impact on Immune Development and Allergic Disease Susceptibility

 

Kirsi Järvinen-Seppo, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Chief of Pediatric Allergy
and Immunology, and Founder’s Distinguished Professorship in
Pediatric Allergy, University of Rochester School of Medicine
and Dentistry, Rochester, New York, USA
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Speaker Bio - Kirsi Järvinen-Seppo, MD, PhD

Dr. Kirsi Järvinen-Seppo received her MD and PhD degrees from the University of Helsinki, Finland and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Following academic appointments at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Albany Medical College, Dr. Järvinen-Seppo joined the University of Rochester School of Medicine, where she is currently an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology. She also holds the Founder’s Distinguished Professorship in Pediatric Allergy at the Golisano Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Järvinen-Seppo’s research is focused on identifying protective mechanisms against food allergy, including breast milk factors, with the goal of designing better strategies for the primary prevention of allergic and atopic diseases in childhood. Utilizing human cohorts, her lab is studying the role of breast milk bioactive components and early environmental exposures in the development of the neonatal immune system and oral tolerance to foods. Dr. Järvinen-Seppo has authored over 40 journal publications and book chapters and given numerous lectures and congress presentations. Her research has earned her awards from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI). Dr. Järvinen- Seppo also serves as Director of the Center for Food Allergy at Golisano Children’s Hospital, a multidisciplinary program centered on providing care to families with food allergies..