Meghan Azad

Medical Review Panel Canada Research Chair, Developmental Origins of Chronic Disease; Associate Professor, Pediatrics and Child Health
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB, Canada
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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 Azad 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. In 2020, she was awarded the International Human Milk Genomics Mid-Career Investigator Award, and named among the WXN Canada Top 100 Most Powerful Women.