What We Do

The International Milk Genomics Consortium (IMGC) is a scientific society made up of scientists and innovators all of whom share the aim to discover the functions and impact of lactation and its remarkable product milk. The organization’s goals are also to educate the community of the implications of those scientific discoveries and to help bring them to practice for human health. Our scientific members are the base of our organization and are essential for scientific advancement in the fields of lactation, milk and dairy science.


The IMGC’s vision is to be the world’s knowledge hub of mechanistic science, and high impact innovation in lactation, milk and dairy research to improve human health.


The IMGC’s mission is to provide a collaborative, multi-disciplinary, pre-competitive platform for scientific discoveries of the structures, functions, actions and benefits of lactation and milk and to facilitate the translation of that knowledge into practice for human health.


IMGC’s objectives include hosting the global community in the scientific exploration of lactation and milk. Lactation and milk represent the most exciting and translatable scientific field of study for human health. The IMGC guides scientists and innovators from around the world and across all scientific disciplines to common challenges and opportunities of milk research. IMGC offers two value propositions to increase awareness of scientific advancements and identify actionable opportunities in lactation, milk and dairy science: 1) an international annual symposium that features scientific research related to lactation, milk and dairy science for human health; and 2) SPLASH!®, the IMGC’s free, monthly, scientific publication that translates the latest scientific discoveries in lactation, and milk and dairy science from primary literature into accessible articles for a broader audience.

A Broad Spectrum of Research Fields

Our scientific membership base derives from a broad spectrum of research fields united by a shared interest in milk science and human health. Formed in 2004, the IMGC connects the global community of milk scientists working within genomics and wider biology fields to address some of the major challenges to human health. Our interest in milk is based on its uniqueness as it is the only food that has evolved specifically to nourish mammals. Therefore, through their genomes, mammals contain the evolutionary blueprint of the selection pressure on milk as a nutritional, metabolic and immunological health support system. Over the years, IMGC has provided a home for this diverse community of scientists and innovators to carry on an unprecedented conversation on cutting-edge milk science. Come and join us!

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