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Keynote & Invited Speakers

The LCANZ 2018 Conference Organising Committee are delighted to welcome the following invited speakers to the LCANZ 2018 Breastfeeding Conference: 

Dr. Mandy Belfort Dr. Mandy Brown Belfort, M.D., M.P.H

Neonatologist, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Researcher, Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts

Mandy Brown Belfort is a neonatologist and researcher at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. Her clinical expertise is in caring for sick newborn infants in the neonatal intensive care unit. Her epidemiologic research focuses on infant growth and nutrition, with a particular interest in human milk and neurodevelopmental outcomes in both healthy infants and in very low birth weight populations. Dr. Belfort’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and other organizations. She collaborates with other investigators in the U.S., Europe, and Australia. She has published over 40 original research reports in peer reviewed journals, and her work has also been disseminated widely in the popular press.

Dr Tanya Cassidy

Dr Tanya Cassidy, PhD, AM, MA, BA
Medical Social Scientist
University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)
Fellow Irish Health Research Board (HRB)
United Kingdom

Dr Tanya M. Cassidy is a medical social scientist by training, having studied Anthropology and Sociology in her native Canada, following which she was awarded her doctorate from the University of Chicago in the USA. She has conducted ethnographic work on families and alcohol-related issues in Ireland. Most recently following a maternity/career break, she was awarded a senior level EU Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska Curie Award (MSCA) fellowship at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in the School of Community Health and Midwifery with the Maternal and Infant Nutrition and Nurture (MAINN) unit under the sponsorship of Professor Fiona Dyke to study donor human milk banking, the topic of her monograph to be published with Routledge entitled Banking on Milk. Upon returning to Ireland she has extended her collaboration with immunologist Professor Bernard Mahon regarding the science of mothers and human milk.

Darcia Narvaez
Professor of Psychology
University of Notre Dame

Darcia Narvaez is Professor of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame who focuses on moral development and flourishing from an interdisciplinary perspective. Dr. Narvaez’s current research explores how early life experience influences societal culture and moral character in children and adults. She integrates neurobiological, clinical, developmental and education sciences in her theories and research about moral development. She publishes extensively on moral development, parenting and education. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Educational Research Association. She writes a popular blog for Psychology Today (“Moral Landscapes”). One of her recent books, Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality: Evolution, Culture and Wisdom won the 2015 William James Book Award from the American Psychological Association and the 2017 Expanded Reason Award. She is on the boards of Attachment Parenting International and the Journal of Human Lactation.

Dr. Luke Grzeskowiak Dr. Luke Grzeskowiak, PhD B.Pharm(Hons) GCertClinEpid FSHP

NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow
Robinson Research Institute
University of Adelaide

Dr Luke Grzeskowiak is a NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow in the Robinson Research Institute at the University of Adelaide and a Senior Pharmacist, Flinders Women and Children, Flinders Medical Centre, SA Pharmacy. Luke’s clinical and research ambitions are to improve health outcomes for women and newborns through supporting quality use of medicines and the development and promotion of more efficacious, safer, and personalised pharmacotherapy approaches. Since completing his PhD in 2012 in the area of perinatal pharmacoepidemiology at the University of South Australia, Luke has led an active and successful program of research focused on exploring the role that medications play in influencing reproductive and perinatal health outcomes and future child health and development. His research has led to more than 70 publications and received over $500,000 in funding. Luke currently serves as an expert adviser on medication use in pregnancy and lactation for the Therapeutic Guidelines and is leading a number of projects aimed at improving our understanding of the effectiveness and safety of medications such as domperidone in the setting of lactation insufficiency.

Associate Professor Wendy Ingman

School of Medicine at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
University of Adelaide

Associate Professor Wendy Ingman is a breast biologist at the University of Adelaide, based at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Her research dissects the biology of how the breast develops and functions to better understand how disease states occur, including lactation mastitis and breast cancer. After postdoctoral research as an NHMRC CJ Martin Fellow at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, USA, Wendy returned to Adelaide in 2005 and established the Breast Biology and Cancer Unit at the University of Adelaide. In 2011 she was appointed a National Breast Cancer Foundation Fellow and also The Hospital Research Foundation Associate Professor of Breast Cancer Research, which is her current appointment. Her research has challenged old ideas of how the immune system affects lactation that might in the future lead to improved breastfeeding outcomes. In 2016 she won the Excellence in Reproductive Biology Research Award from the Society for Reproductive Biology

Christine Sulfaro

National Milk Bank Manager
Innovation and Commercial Strategy Division
Australian Red Cross Blood Service

Christine Sulfaro is the National Manager of the Milk Bank by the Australian Red Cross Blood Services. Chris’s background is nursing – she is a Registered Nurse, with post graduate qualifications in Midwifery and Perinatal Intensive Care Nursing. Chris also holds a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Management and a Master of Health Management. Chris has been with the Australian Red Cross Blood Service since June 2017. Prior to this, Chris worked at Nepean Hospital (NSW) in the NICU for 23 years – with a 5 year stint as the NUM of Children’s Ward and then 4 years as the NUM of the NICU. Chris is excited to be able to use her NICU nursing and management experience to lead the Milk Bank on this amazing journey that will have far reaching effects on the lives of premature babies and their families across Australia.