Azad is a scientist at the University of Manitoba and Children's Hospital Research Institute.
Her research with the CHILD Study, involving 1,000 Manitoba families, shows that breastfeeding reduces the risk of childhood obesity and helps babies establish a healthy gut flora. Her team is studying specific molecules in breast milk to understand how this works.
Dr. Azad serves on the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre's Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative Committee. She is a founding member of the $3.5-million Manitoba Developmental Origins of Chronic Diseases in Children Network (DEVOTION), and co-director of The Manitoba Personalized Lifestyle Research (TMPLR) Program.
She received the Banting Fellowship, Canada's top award for post-doctoral researchers, and was one of three Canadians invited to the 2014 Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting, an international gathering of young scientists & Nobel Laureates in physiology or medicine.
Nominated by: Terry Klassen