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 Chairs

Prof. Angelika Berger 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.
Prof. Dr. Michael Zemlin Director of the Department for General Pediatrics and Neonatology, Saarland University Hospital
Department of General Pediatrics and Neonatology
Saarland University
Michael Zemlin studied human medicine at the Free University of Berlin, where he did his doctorate in pathology with a new molecular genetic method for the early diagnosis of T-cell lymphomas by detecting rearrangements of the T-cell receptor genes. After completing his specialist training as a pediatrician, a grant from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enabled him to spend two years researching at the Institute for Clinical Immunology and Developmental Immunology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA. He then went to the University Children's Clinic in Marburg as a senior physician, where he completed his habilitation on investigations into the development of the immune system in premature and full term babies and the molecular causes of the development of allergies.

About Our Partners


The European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants (EFCNI) is the first pan-European organisation and network to represent the interests of preterm and newborn infants and their families. It brings together parents, healthcare experts from different disciplines, and scientists with the common goal of improving long-term health of preterm and newborn children. EFCNI’s vision is to ensure the best start in life for every baby.

With its “Human Milk Matters – Human Milk Cares” campaign, EFCNI raises awareness for the enormous health benefits of human milk for babies born preterm, sick or with low birthweight. Additionally, EFCNI actively engages in advocacy work to promote the regulation of donor human milk and human milk banking on the level of the European Union. Informing parents, professionals and political decision-makers about the benefits and the great value of human milk for vulnerable infants is a key topic for EFCNI.

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Comprehensive Center for Pediatrics, Medical University of Vienna

The central concern of the Comprehensive Center for Pediatrics (CCP) is patient-centered medical care at the highest level for acutely and chronically seriously ill children and adolescents, from the unborn or the smallest premature baby to the young adult. This is achieved through top experts in all medical disciplines, a cross-departmental pooling of competencies, top-level internationally networked research (from bench to bedside), as well as the use of innovative technologies and new media in research and teaching.

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