The International Society for Research on Human Milk and Lactation (ISRHML) honored Kathleen Rasmussen, Cornell’s Nancy Schlegel Meinig Professor of Maternal and Child Nutrition, with its Macy-György Award at the 18th ISRHML Conference held in Stellenbosch, South Africa, March 3-7.
Established in 1995, the Macy-György Award recognizes original scientific contributions to the study of human milk and lactation, an area of focus for Rasmussen since joining Cornell in 1978. Icie Macy and Paul György pioneered the field of human milk and lactation and were among the first scientists to study the importance of breastfeeding to maternal and child health.
“ISRHML has been the home for my research interests in lactation for several decades, so receiving this honor from my colleagues is both humbling and reaffirming,” said Rasmussen, a professor in the College of Human Ecology.
Rasmussen studies the relationship between maternal nutrition and short- and long-term health outcomes for women and their children. She has investigated how maternal obesity affects breastfeeding and maternal and infant health and how breast milk is expressed, stored and served to children, among other topics. She is an ISRHML past president and executive board member.