Project Title: Maximizing Mothers' Milk for Preterm Infants
Short Title: MaxiMoM
Principal Investigators: Deborah O'Connor PhD RD, Sharon Unger MD FRCPC
Co-Investigators: Tanis Fenton MHSc PhD RD, Christoph Fusch MD PhD FRCPC, Sharyn Gibbins NP PhD, Jill Hamilton MD FRCPC, Gabriel Moreno-Hagelsieb PhD, Yves Pouliot PhD,
Prakesh Shah MSc MBBS MD DCH MRCP FRCPC, Alain Stintzi PhD
Funding Source: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) 2015-2022
Preterm birth is the highest cause of mortality and morbidity in childhood in Canada. Many experience growth failure which may be associated with increased risk for adverse neurodevelopmental outcome. Of VLBW infants born in 2015, societal costs will reach $379 million by their 10th birthday. Strong evidence indicates that mother’s milk and meeting nutritional requirements are among the most promising strategies to protect against these sequelae.
MaxiMoM, with its integrated knowledge translation strategy, will enable the assembled team to continue making improvements to the nutritional care of VLBW infants through research. Their work will be leveraged through the team’s multi-institutional feeding network caring for ~40% of Canadian VLBW infants, training of future clinicians and neonatal researchers and engaged policy and practice partners from the local to international level.
The MaxiMoM research program will improve the health and development of VLBW infants through better nutrition and maximizing provision of nutrients and the bioactive components found in human milk.