Valerie Verhasselt

Professor, Chair in Human Lactology

  • The University of Western Australia (M310), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 2790 Citations
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Professor Valérie Verhasselt has been holding the Larsson-Rosenquist Chair in Human Lactology at the University of Western Australia, School of Molecular Science, since August 2017. Her translational research is aimed at understanding how maternal milk impacts on immune development, education and long term homeostasis. A major objective guiding her work is the identification of factors which could endow breastfeeding with the capacity to prevent allergic and metabolic disease as potently as it does for infectious disease.

Valérie Verhasselt trained at the University of Medicine of Brussels (ULB, Belgium) where she obtained the diploma of Medical Doctor (1992), Specialist in Internal Medicine (2000) and a PhD in Immunology (1999). In 2004, she moved to France (Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis) and developed the concept of breastfeeding induced tolerance for prevention of allergy. She obtained a tenured researcher position at INSERM in 2008 and created Immune Tolerance team in 2012 in Nice (France). In 2017, she was granted the first Chair in Human Lactology at UWA. Her research has been published in prestigious reviews such as Nature Medicine, Gut, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Lancet Infectious Disease. The French Académie Nationale de Médecine (2012) and Académie des Sciences (2008) have acknowledged her major contribution in the field of prevention of allergy through maternal milk.

Roles and responsibilities

Chair in Human Lactology, dedicated to promote research aimed at understanding how the physiological food for mammals impacts on immune development and long term health

Funding overview

Larsson Rosenquist donation

Previous positions

Tenured reasearcher at INSERM, University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis, France

Industrial relevance

maternald and/or infant nutrional approach for a long term better health


1. Identification of protective and risk factors that are specific to early life period for allergic disease prevention
2. Impact of colostrum on early post-natal and adult metabolic and immune homeostasis


French (mother tongue)


  • Health
  • breatsfeeding
  • neonatal development
  • immune tolerance
  • allergy
  • growth

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Research Output 1994 2018

1 Citations

The neonatal window of opportunity-early priming for life

Renz, H., Adkins, B. D., Bartfeld, S., Blumberg, R. S., Farber, D. L., Garssen, J., Ghazal, P., Hackam, D. J., Marsland, B. J., McCoy, K. D., Penders, J., Prinz, I., Verhasselt, V., von Mutius, E., Weiser, J. N., Wesemann, D. R. & Hornef, M. W., Apr 2018, In : Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 141, 4, p. 1212-1214

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

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Long-term reduction in food allergy susceptibility in mice by combining breastfeeding-induced tolerance and TGF-β-enriched formula after weaning

Rekima, A., Macchiaverni, P., Turfkruyer, M., Holvoet, S., Dupuis, L., Baiz, N., Annesi-Maesano, I., Mercenier, A., Nutten, S. & Verhasselt, V., 1 Apr 2017, In : Clinical and Experimental Allergy. 47, 4, p. 565-576 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Food Hypersensitivity
Breast Feeding
Transforming Growth Factor beta
17 Citations

Maternal immunisation: collaborating with mother nature

Marchant, A., Sadarangani, M., Garand, M., Dauby, N., Verhasselt, V., Pereira, L., Bjornson, G., Jones, C. E., Halperin, S. A., Edwards, K. M., Heath, P., Openshaw, P. J., Scheifele, D. W. & Kollmann, T. R., Jul 2017, In : The Lancet Infectious Diseases. 17, 7, p. e197–e208 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Streptococcus agalactiae
Whooping Cough
Human Influenza
14 Citations

Allergy prevention by breastfeeding: Possible mechanisms and evidence from human cohorts

Munblit, D. & Verhasselt, V., 2016, In : Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 16, 5, p. 427-433 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Breast Feeding
Human Milk


BIOC3005 Cellular Biochemistry

Valerie Verhasselt

1/08/18 → …

Teaching unit (UWA): Course


Valerie Verhasselt

1/08/18 → …

Teaching unit (UWA): Course