Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics & Child Health
Assistant Professor, Community Health Sciences
Adjunct Professor, Human Nutritional Sciences
Research Scientist, Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba
Manitoba Co-Lead, Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study
Co-Lead, Population Health Pillar, Developmental Origins of Chronic Diseases in Children Network (DEVOTION)
DOHaD Lead, The Manitoba Personalized Lifestyle Research (TMPLR) Program
Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in the Developmental Origins of Chronic Disease
Dr. Azad studies the developmental origins of health and diseases (DOHaD), focusing on the role of prenatal nutrition, breastfeeding and human milk composition. Her research program aims to clarify the influence of breastfeeding on infant health and development, identify the bioactive components of human milk that underlie these associations, and determine how maternal characteristics including prenatal nutrition influence breastfeeding, milk composition and infant health. She is the Manitoba Co-Lead with the national Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study, and a Secretary for the International Society of Research in Human Milk and Lactation.
Dr. Azad’s research program is funded by:
MSc (Epidemiology), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Postdoctoral Fellowship (Pediatrics), University of Alberta
PhD (Biochemistry & Medical Genetics), University of Manitoba
BSc Honours (Biochemistry), University of Winnipeg
The Prebiotic and Probiotic Properties of Human Milk: Implications for Infant Immune Development and Pediatric Asthma
Moossavi S, Miliku K, Sepehri S, Khafipour E, Azad MB
Protecting, promoting, and supporting breastfeeding on Instagram
Marcon AR, Bieber M, Azad MB
Risk for Maternal Depressive Symptoms and Perceived Stress by Ethnicities in Canada: From Pregnancy Through the Preschool Years
Dharma C, Lefebvre DL, Lu Z, Lou WYW, Becker AB, Mandhane PJ, Turvey SE, Moraes TJ, Azad MB, Chen E, Elliott SJ, Kozyrskyj AL, Sears MR, Subbarao P
Association of Exposure to Formula in the Hospital and Subsequent Infant Feeding Practices With Gut Microbiota and Risk of Overweight in the First Year of Life.
Forbes JD, Azad MB, Vehling L, Tun HM, Konya TB, Guttman DS, Field CJ, Lefebvre D, Sears MR, Becker AB, Mandhane PJ, Turvey SE, Moraes TJ, Subbarao P, Scott JA, Kozyrskyj AL; Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study Investigators.
Impact of maternal pre-pregnancy overweight on infant overweight at 1 year of age: associations and sex-specific differences.
Bridgman SL, Azad MB, Persaud RR, Chari RS, Becker AB, Sears MR, Mandhane PJ, Turvey SE, Subbarao P, Haqq AM, Kozyrskyj AL.
Human milk oligosaccharide profiles and food sensitization among infants in the CHILD Study.
Miliku K, Robertson B, Sharma AK, Subbarao P, Becker AB, Mandhane PJ, Turvey SE, Lefebvre DL, Sears MR; CHILD Study Investigators, Bode L, Azad MB.
Wheeze trajectories are modifiable through early-life intervention and predict asthma in adolescence.
Owora AH, Becker AB, Chan-Yeung M, Chan ES, Chooniedass R, Ramsey C, Watson WTA, Azad MB.
Prenatal antibiotic exposure and childhood asthma: a population-based study.
Loewen K, Monchka B, Mahmud SM, 't Jong G, Azad MB.
Exclusive breastfeeding in hospital predicts longer breastfeeding duration in Canada: Implications for health equity.
Vehling L, Chan D, McGavock J, Becker AB, Subbarao P, Moraes TJ, Mandhane PJ, Turvey SE, Lefebvre DL, Sears MR8, Azad MB.
University of London 150th Anniversary Prize for highest academic achievement in Distance Learning Epidemiology MSc
CBC Manitoba Future 40 Award recognizing outstanding professional and service contributions
CMAJ Bruce Squires Award
Canadian Institute of Health Research “IHDCYH Talks” Video Award
Canadian Institute of Health Research Lindau Prize
American Society for Nutrition Knowledge Translation Award
Research Manitoba Award for Excellence in Post-Doctoral Research
Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship (2013-15)
Parker B. Francis Fellowship in Pulmonary Research (2013-16)
CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship (2011-13)
Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions Full-Time Fellowship (2011-14)
University of Alberta Killam Fellowship (2011-13)
President's Graduate Scholarship in Human Genetics (2010)
NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship - Doctoral (2006-08)