Scientific Advisor

Meghan Azad, PhD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Child Health at the University of Manitoba; Co-Director, Manitoba Interdisciplinary Lactation Center (MILC); Deputy Director, CHILD Cohort Study

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Meghan Azad, PhD

Scientific Advisor

Meghan Azad, PhD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Child Health at the University of Manitoba; Co-Director, Manitoba Interdisciplinary Lactation Center (MILC); Deputy Director, CHILD Cohort Study

Dr. Azad holds the following positions:

  • Associate Professor, Pediatrics and Child Health, University of Manitoba
  • Associate Professor, Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba
  • Associate Professor, Immunology, University of Manitoba
  • Adjunct Professor, Human Nutritional Sciences, University of Manitoba
  • Research Scientist, Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM)
  • co-Director, Manitoba Interdisciplinary Lactation Center (MILC)
  • Principal Investigator, International Milk Composition (IMiC) Consortium
  • Deputy Director, CHILD Cohort Study
  • Fellow, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) Humans & Microbiome Program
  • Trainee Advisor, International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation (ISRHML)
  • Manitoba Representative, DOHaD Canada​​

Dr. Azad is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Child Health at the University of Manitoba, where she holds a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Developmental Origins of Chronic Disease.

Her research program is focused on the role of infant nutrition and the microbiome in child growth, development and resilience.

Dr. Azad co-Directs the new Manitoba Interdisciplinary Lactation Centre (MILC) and leads the new International Milk Composition (IMiC) Consortium. She serves as Deputy Director of the CHILD Cohort Study, a national pregnancy cohort following 3500 children to understand how early life experiences shape lifelong health. Research in the THRiVE Discovery Lab is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Azad serves on the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation Executive Council and the joint US/Canada Human Milk Composition Initiative. She is a Fellow of the CIFAR Humans and the Microbiome Program and an elected member of the Royal Society of Canada College of New Scholars. Dr. Azad received the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation Erlich-Koldovsky Early Career Investigator Award (2018) and the International Human Milk Genomics Mid-Career Investigator Award (2020). She was named among the WXN Canada Top 100 Most Powerful Women (2020) and Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 (2021).

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Meghan Azad, PhD

Scientific Advisor

Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Child Health at the University of Manitoba; Co-Director, Manitoba Interdisciplinary Lactation Center (MILC); Deputy Director, CHILD Cohort Study