The program for the 4th International Symposium on Milk Genomics & Human Health has been released. The event is slated for Nov. 7-9 at the COPIACenter for Wine, Food & the Arts in Napa, Calif.

This two-and-a-half-day event is organized by the California Dairy Research Foundation (CDRF). It will gather international experts in nutrition, genomics, bioinformatics and milk to address the status of milk-specific genomic research. Members of the International Milk Genomics Consortium (IMGC) also will meet to set future agendas for the group.

The event kicks off with a welcome by Joseph O'Donnell, California Dairy Research Foundation executive director, followed by an introduction from Bruce German of the University of California at Davis.

Day one sessions focus on presentations of recent research breakthroughs in the areas of: evolutionary genetics, bioinformatics, tools and applications, the bovine genome and genetic diversity in milk and lactation.

Speakers include Jenny Graves, the director for kangaroo genomics at the Australian National University, Peter Williamson of the University of Sydney, Monique Rijnkels of Baylor College of Medicine, David Adelson of the University of Adelaide, Peggy Neville of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and Anke Schennink of Wageningen University.

Day two focuses on the activities of milk and genomics centers from around the world. Topics include: targets of milk bioactives, mammary epithelia and milk production, milk fat globule proteome and bacteria - the other consumers of milk.

Speakers include Sharon Donovan of the University of Illinois, Helen Raybould of UC Davis, Patrice Martin of the Institute National de la Recherche Agronomique in France, Tim Reinhardt and Neil Price of the USDA's Agriculture Research Service and Anne Donnet-Hughes of Nestlé Research.

The Symposium wraps up Thursday morning with highlights from researchers
throughout the world followed by an in-depth discussion of the International Milk Genomics Consortium, including knowledge management tools developed for the Consortium, led by Matthew Lange and Danielle Lemay of UC Davis and the IMGC Web Portal Group.

Symposium registration is $450 through Sept. 6, and $500 thereafter. The fee includes all program materials and daytime meals as well as a Wednesday evening reception. Members of the International Milk Genomics Consortium can register for $400 through Sept. 6, and $450 thereafter. Student rates also are available.

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