Meghan Azad

Current Positions

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

Research Focus

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

Current Research Interests

  • Breastfeeding and child health
  • Human milk bioactives including oligosaccharides, microbiota, and endocrine hormones
  • Artificial sweeteners and cardiometabolic health

Current publications

Find a full list of Dr. Azad’s publications here

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
PMID: 30140664

Protecting, promoting, and supporting breastfeeding on Instagram
Marcon AR, Bieber M, Azad MB
PMID: 30079555

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
PMID: 30068224

Breastfeeding and the Developmental Origins of Asthma: Current Evidence, Possible Mechanisms, and Future Research Priorities.
Miliku K, Azad MB.
PMID: 30061501

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.
PMID: 29868719

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.
PMID: 29797797

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.
PMID: 29775217

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.
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PMID: 29729041

Prenatal antibiotic exposure and childhood asthma: a population-based study.
Loewen K, Monchka B, Mahmud SM, 't Jong G, Azad MB.
PMID: 29678946 

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.
PMID: 29498088

Awards & Honors

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)

Meghan Azad


Phone: 204-975-7754

Mailing Address:
John Buhler Research Centre
715 McDermot Avenue, Rm 772
Winnipeg, MB R3E 3P4