About the Human Milk Science Institute and Biobank
The mission of the Human Milk Science Institute and Biobank (HMSIB) is to foster and advance research through the sharing of biological samples, data, and services. HMSIB is the first independent nonprofit human milk biobank and center of its kind, solely focused on facilitating the work of those engaged in human milk science.
Over the past decade, there has been heightened interest in the study of human milk as scientists and clinicians are recognizing the potential of human milk to aid in informing basic science, developing treatments, and improving clinical care.
Through a generous grant from the Henry L. Hillman Foundation, the nonprofit Mid-Atlantic Mothers’ Milk Bank established HMSIB in 2019 to address the sample sourcing challenges facing those who study human milk. The organization, which is a separately incorporated nonprofit organization housed within the milk bank, is a convenient and affordable supplier of ethically sourced and properly stored samples and data. HMSIB is IRB approved through Advarra.
Who Utilizes the Services of HMSIB?
HMSIB works with researchers in a variety of fields in labs in academic, government, and industry settings. The organization will not engage with any projects that are connected to the development of a human milk substitute (formula).
About Mid-Atlantic Mothers’ Milk Bank
Mid-Atlantic Mothers’ Milk Bank is a nonprofit milk bank that provides neonatal intensive care units, mother/baby units, and medically fragile outpatients with pasteurized and tested milk from carefully screened volunteer donors. Based in Pittsburgh, the milk bank serves over 50 hospitals across PA, WV, NJ, and MD.