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2024 Hybrid Symposium

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October 22-24, 2024

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The Annual Symposium is our flagship scientific conference that features research related to milk science for health. The Symposium is instrumental in building a collaborative, multi-disciplinary, pre-competitive platform for scientific discoveries of the structures, functions, actions, and benefits of lactation and milk and to facilitate the translation of that knowledge into practice for health.

The target audience includes scientists and innovators from academic, industry, non-profit, and government environments, as well as all others active in the fields of lactation, milk, and dairy. The Symposium targets hundreds of registrants from all over the world to foster cross-cutting discussion and collaboration.

This year is our 21st Annual Symposium co-hosted by UC Davis. Join us for a 2.5-day event filled with exciting talks by international experts in lactation, milk science, chemistry, microbiology, immunology, nutrition, genomics, anthropology, artificial intelligence, computational biology, bioinformatics and more.

Engage in riveting discussions on the outcomes and implications of the latest discoveries in scientific research on lactation and milk for human health. Registration for the scientific conference includes lunches and snacks on all three days; a Poster Reception on the evening of the first day and a Dinner Reception on the evening of the second day. The symposium ends just after lunch on day 3.

Important Dates:

  • Poster abstract submission closes: June 15, 2024, 11:59 PM PDT
  • Notifications for poster presentations will be sent: June 21, 2024
  • Registration opens: May 1, 2024

Session Topics:

  • Current Discoveries in Comparative Biology & Lactation Physiology
  • Bioactive Lipids, Proteins & Peptides
  • Emerging Discoveries in Milk, Gut and Brain
  • Milk Research, Nutrition and Clinical Outcomes
  • Breakthrough Innovations in Milk Extracellular Vesicles & miRNA
  • Hottest Topics in Milk Science



Dr. David Dallas joined the IMGC Scientific Advisory Committee in 2021 and has participated in IMGC Symposia for more than five years. Dr. Dallas received his BA in Public Health in 2008 from Rice University and his PhD in Nutritional Biology in 2012 from UC Davis. He then completed a post-doctoral fellowship at UC Davis in Food Science. Dr. Dallas is currently an Assistant Professor in Nutrition at Oregon State University. David’s research examines the digestion of human and dairy milk proteins and the release of bioactive peptides using in vivo infant and adult digestive samples. His group applies mass spectrometry-based peptidomics and proteomics and functional assays. In addition, he applies this knowledge to examine digestive deficiencies in premature infants. His bibliography is publicly available here.