Bioactivity of Milk Fat Globule Membranes (MFGMs) and Their Impact on Infant Growth and Development

Bo Lönnerdal, PhD, distinguished professor of nutrition and internal medicine, University of California, Davis, in Davis, California, reviews the bioactive components of human milk, with a focus on the milk fat globule membrane (MFGM). The MFGM is a complex of components shown to inhibit various pathogens, and contribute to brain myelination and function. Dr. Lönnerdal will specifically discuss MFGM's contributions to brain function and development, and analyze the evidence base supporting MFGM use in clinical practice.

Course Credit:

1.00 AANP Contact Hour
1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM
1.00 ANCC Contact Hour
1.00 CA-BRN Contact Hour
1.00 CDR Contact Hour


Opens: 2018-03-31
Closes: 2020-03-31

Target Audience:

This activity was developed for physicians, pediatric nurse practitioners, nurses, registered dietitians, and other health care professionals who have an interest in newborns, infants, and toddlers.

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Mead Johnson Nutrition.
  • Bo Lönnerdal, PhD

    Distinguished Professor of Nutrition & Internal Medicine
    Department of Nutrition
    University of California, Davis
    Davis, California

Learning Objectives

  • Identify key components required for health, brain function and development
  • Explain how MFGM may support the developing central nervous system and prevent infections
  • Use evidence-based research to develop a supplementation plan that best aligns with the bioactivities provided by human milk

Faculty Disclosures

Bo Lönnerdal, PhD

  • Research Support 
    • Arla Foods – Clinical area: infant nutrition
    • Mead Johnson Nutrition – Clinical area: infant nutrition
    • Triton – Clinical area: infant nutrition
  • Consultant
    • Balchem – Clinical area: infant nutrition
    • Biostime – Clinical area: infant nutrition
    • Hero – Clinical area: infant nutrition
    • Second Science – Clinical area: infant nutrition

Accreditation and Certification

The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences is accredited by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as an approved provider of nurse practitioner continuing education. Provider number: 040207.
This program is designated for up to 1.00 contact hour. Program ID# 5623-EM2.
The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
A maximum of 1.00 contact hour may be earned for successful completion of this activity.
Provider is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #13664, for 1.00 contact hour.
To receive credit for education contact hours outside of the state of California, please check with your state board of registered nursing for reciprocity.
Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Registered dietitians (RDs) and dietetic technicians, registered (DTRs) will receive 1.00 hour continuing professional education unit (CPEU) for completion of this program/material.
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Additional Content Planners

Heather Jimenez, FNP (Lead Nurse Planner)
No significant relationships to disclose.

Josh Paul (Medical Writer)
No significant relationships to disclose.

Julie Wang, MD (Peer Reviewer)
No significant relationships to disclose.

Annenberg Center for Health Sciences

Staff at the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower have no relevant commercial relationships to disclose.