Macy György Award

Awarded to individuals who have made outstanding, original Scientific contributions to the study of human milk and lactation. For more information on Macy and György click here.

2016 Recipient: Kathleen Rasmussen

Kathleen Rasmussen, professor of nutritional science (DNS).

Dr. Kathleen M. Rasmussen is the Nancy Schlegel Meinig Professor of Maternal and Child Nutrition in the Division of Nutritional Sciences and International Professor of Nutritional Science at Cornell University. She received her AB degree from Brown University in molecular biology. She received both her ScM and ScD degrees from Harvard University and postdoctoral training at Cornell University, all in nutrition. Professor Rasmussen is internationally known for her research on maternal and child nutrition. Her research has included studies in experimental species, observational and intervention studies in human subjects in the US and several developing countries, and epidemiologic studies based on data from medical records and large cohorts. She and her students have established that interventions to improve maternal nutritional status can increase the volume and improve the composition of human milk and, thereby, improve infant nutritional status. They have also shown that women who are overweight or obese at conception have problems establishing and maintaining breastfeeding and have babies who are heavier at one year of age than those of normal-weight women. In addition, they have shown that there is a trade-off between meeting the needs of the pregnant or lactating mother and the needs of her fetus/breastfed infant, respectively.  Professor Rasmussen has been a member of several expert committees at the Institute of Medicine. She served as the chair of the Committee on Reexamination of IOM Pregnancy Weight Guidelines, and is currently the Chair of the Committee to Review WIC Food Packages. Her research was recognized by the Agnes Higgins Award of the American Public Health Association in 2012.  Professor Rasmussen is known for her award-winning teaching and mentoring as well as for her role in leadership training of young nutrition professionals through the Dannon Nutrition Leadership Institute.  She has served as the president of the International Society for Research on Human Milk and Lactation and led the reorganization of the American Society of Nutrition Sciences while serving as its President.  She has also served as a member of Cornell’s Board of Trustees (elected by the faculty).

Previous Recipients

2014 Margaret Neville
2012 Kathryn Dewy
2010 Mary Frances Picciano
2008 Allan Walker
2006 Peter Hartmann
2004 Lars Hansen
2002 Bo Lőnnerdal
2000 Armond S. Goldman
1999 Margit Hamosh
1997 Stuart Patton
1995 Robert Jensen

Ehrlich-Koldovsky Award

Awarded to recognize junior investigators (less than 10 years post PhD) who have begun to make outstanding, original scientific contributions to the study of human milk and lactation. For more information on Otakar Koldovský click here.


2016 Recipient: Katie Hinde

Hinde, Katie HIDr. Katie Hinde, earned a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Washington in 1999, a Ph.D. in Anthropology from UCLA in 2008, and was a post-doctoral scholar in Neuroscience in the Brain, Mind, and Behavior Unit, California National Primate Research Center, UC Davis from 2009-2011. Professor Hinde began as an Assistant Professor in Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University and is now an Associate Professor at Arizona State University in the Center for Evolution and Medicine and School for Human Evolution and Social Change. Since 2002, Hinde has investigated how mother’s milk contributes to infant development and behavior in socially complex taxa, particularly humans and monkeys, including not only provision of energy and materials for growth, but also milk constituents that shape immunological, neurobiological, and behavioral development. Her work established new understandings of how the “biological recipe” of milk can differ for sons and daughters, how hormones in milk influence infant temperament, and how an evolutionary perspective is key to developing precision milk for vulnerable infants. In addition to dozens of peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, Hinde co-edited “Building Babies: Primate Developmental Trajectories in Proximate and Ultimate Perspective” released by Springer in 2013. Hinde showcases research on mother’s milk, breastfeeding, and lactation for the general public, clinicians, and researchers at her blog “Mammals Suck… Milk!” Her research and outreach have been widely recognized with awards and news media highlighting her findings of the food, medicine, and signal of mother’s milk.

Previous Recipients

2014 Foteini Kakulas (formerly Hassiotou)
2012 Lars Bode
2010 Stefano Bembich
2008 Mark Cregan and Donna Geddes
2006 Shannon Kelleher
2002 Johanna Hawkes and Michelle (Shelley) McGuire
2000 Bohuslav Dvorak and Cheryl Lovelady
1999 Rafael Perez-Escamilia
1997 Ardythe Morrow*
1995 Sharon Donovan*


*Formerly Young Investigator Award

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