Award-winning breastfeeding research from UW/MSU team


With co-authors from Michigan State University, UW Professor of Nutritional Sciences Beth Olson has been given the Journal of Human Lactation’s 2015 Editorial Review Board Choice Research Article of the Year Award for her article “Self-reported reasons for breastfeeding cessation among low-income women enrolled in a peer counseling breastfeeding support program.”  Olson, who is also an Extension Nutrition Specialist with UW Extension, has a research program focused on understanding factors that support or undermine breastfeeding incidence and duration.  The new article’s lead author, Mary Rozga, was a PhD student supervised by Olson and is now an Assistant Professor at Bowling Green State University.


Better food options for those with PKU


Nutritional Sciences Professor Denise Ney and a team of other researchers at UW-Madison and Boston Children’s Hospital have reached a major milestone in efforts to improve quality of life for individuals with the rare genetic disease phenylketonuria, or PKU.

People with PKU have typically been required to adhere to diets that are rigidly controlled in order to avoid buildup of phenylalanine, one of the amino acid building blocks of protein, but Ney and her partners have established that foods made with a protein called glycomacropeptide, or GMP, are both safe and more palatable than traditional medically formulated diets.  GMP-based foods may be cheaper, too, as GMP is abundant — it’s a component of the whey left behind when curds form during cheesemaking.  For more on Ney’s research, see here and here.