International Milk Genomics & Human Health Symposium Speaker Program Announced

 7th Annual Meeting to be held October 20-22 in Davis, California

Davis, Calif. – August 9, 2010 – The preliminary speaker program for the 7th International Symposium on Milk Genomics & Human Health has been released. The three-day event will be held October 20-22, 2010 at the University of California Conference Center in Davis, California.

Presented by the International Milk Genomics Consortium (IMGC) under the organization of the California Dairy Research Foundation (CDRF), the symposium will gather international experts in nutrition, genomics, bioinformatics and milk to address the status of milk-specific genomic research. Members of the IMGC also will meet to set future meeting agendas.

The program will include both industry and academic sessions, including presentations by: – Michael Affolter, Nestle – Peptidomics of hydrolysed infant formulas – Sharon Donovan, University of Illinois – Non-invasive assessment of intestinal gene expression profiles in breast- and formula-fed human infants – Felicie Faucon-Lahalle, CNIEL-Institute de l’Elevage, France – PhenoFinlait: the first overview of French farm systems – Katie Hinde, UC Davis – Lactational programming – mother’s milk energy predicts infant behavior and temperament in rhesus macaques – Christophe, Deakin University – MamExp: an interactive gene expression browser interface for collaborative comparative lactation genomics – Danielle Lemay, UC Davis – From genes to milk: genomic organization of the mammary transcriptome into gene neighborhoods – Peggy Neville, University of Colorado, Denver – The insulin receptor is necessary for mammary gland differentiation in murine pregnancy – Monique Rijnkels, Baylor College of Medicine – A view of the epigenetic landscape in the developing and lactating mammary gland – Guy Vergeres, Agroscope Liebefeld- Posieux ALP, Switzerland – A nutrigenomic strategy to assess the physiological properties of dairy products – Robert Ward, Utah State University – Effects of supplementing the AIN-76A diet with milk fat globule membrane on parameters of gut health, fecal microbiota and systemic lipid metabolism

The program also includes a poster session and graduate student presentations from winners of the 2010 Student Travel Award A session on  updates from researchers from throughout the world will also be held.

Symposium registration is $450 through September 7, 2010 and $500 thereafter and includes all program materials and daytime meals as well as a Wednesday evening poster reception. Sponsoring members of the International Milk Genomics Consortium can register at the rate of $400 through September 7, 2010 and $450 thereafter. Student rates and special hotel room rates also are available.  To register online go to

Pre-symposium workshop sessions are being organized on the UC Davis campus. For more information, contact Andrea Thompson (

The symposium is presented by IMGC sponsoring members: CDRF, CNIEL, DairyAustralia, Dairy Farmers of Canada, Dutch Dairy Association, National Dairy Council and Teagasc. Event sponsors include the International Dairy Federation, National Dairy Council and the U.S. Dairy Export Council.

About the IMGC The International Milk Genomics Consortium is a partnership of companies and academic organizations with the goals of leveraging existing resources for the assembly of genetic instructions for milk molecules, linking the scientific community for better understanding of the biological values of milk, creating tools for an interactive, Web data exchange, coordination of pre-competitive research to develop baseline data, and providing a foundation for the development of exclusive/competitive research. For more information about the Consortium, visit or email

About the CDRF The California Dairy Research Foundation is a non-profit corporation that manages the research activities of the California dairy industry in the areas of basic and applied dairy product research, nutrition and health, and dairy confidence. For information about the CDRF and the research it supports, visit