The International Conference on Human Milk Science and Innovation

Founded by Prolacta Bioscience, the International Conference on Human Milk Science and Innovation is a forum covering the latest in scientific and clinical research related to human milk. Renowned scientists and clinicians from around the world attend this annual event to present and discuss the scientific potential of human milk and raise awareness of its clinical applicability.

About Our Co-Chairs

Angelika Berger, MD Professor of Child and Adolescent Medicine
Division of Neonatology, Pediatric Intensive Care and Neuropediatrics
Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
Medical University Vienna
Angelika Berger is a Professor of Pediatrics, Neonatologist and Researcher with special interest in the care of extremely premature infants as well as Infections and Immunology. She is Head of the Comprehensive Center for Pediatrics and the Department of Neonatology, Pediatric Intensive Care and Neuropediatrics at the General Hospital Vienna and tenured professor of Neonatology and Pediatric Intensive Care of the Medical University Vienna. Her research interests are innovative strategies of management of the extremely premature infant, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of bacterial and viral infections of preterm infants, and the role of Ureaplasma species in the pathogenesis of preterm delivery as well as long- and short-term outcome of preterm infants. Angelika Berger is a member of several professional medical associations, Head of the Working Group on Neonatology and Pediatric Intensive Care in Austria since 2012, principal investigator of several large clinical trials and has published more than 150 articles in the field of peri- and neonatal medicine.
William Rhine, MD Medical Director, Neonatal ICU
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology)
Stanford School of Medicine
Palo Alto, California
Dr. William Rhine has been a part of the medical academic community at Stanford for over 30 years. After medical school, residency and fellowship training there, he has risen through its faculty ranks and is now a Professor of Pediatrics. He has served as the medical director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital for over 10 years. He has also served as President of the LPCH Medical Staff, acting Pediatrics Residency Program Director and President of the Board of Governors of the Stanford Medical Center Alumni Association. Dr. Rhine has conducted research and published in several areas including ECMO heart-lung bypass, inhaled nitric oxide and neonatal brain injury. More recently, he has been involved in neonatology quality improvement at the state and national levels.