Welcome to the website of Dr. Kathleen Arcaro, Associate Professor of Environmental Toxicology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Dr. Arcaro's current research focuses on the use of breastmilk to assess breast cancer risk, with the goal of developing new detection methods and therapies for breast cancer.
Interested in donating breastmilk for our research? We are currently looking for breastmilk donations for three different studies:
African American mothers study: Participants are African American nursing mothers living anywhere in the U.S. and can donate a fresh breastmilk sample. This study is funded by the Avon Foundation for Women. To participate in this study contact Beth Punska at (413) 545-0813, or email.
Mothers who have or have had breast cancer. Participants are nursing mothers living anywhere in the U.S. who have/have had breast cancer and can donate fresh or frozen breastmilk. To participate in this study call Beth Punska at (413) 545-0813, or email.
Breast biopsy study: Participants are nursing mothers who are expecting to have a breast biopsy, and live anywhere in the U.S. This study has been funded by the Department of Defense. To participate in this study contact Dr. Sarah Lenington, Recruitment Coordinator, at (413) 545-1037, or by email.
More information about participating in our research is on our Donate Breastmilk for a Study page.