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Army of Women Researcher Webinar Series: A Conversation with Dr. Susan Love

In case you missed the September Army of Women Research Results Webinar, the video broadcast is now available! The webinar featured Dr. Susan Love, Chief Visionary Officer of Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation and the Principal Investigator of the Bacterial and Viral Diversity Study and the Mapping the Breast Ducts Study. Watch the recording above to hear Dr. Love discuss the study results and read a summary of the studies below. 

 

Bacterial and Viral Diversity Study

The purpose of this research study was to learn whether bacteria or viruses are present in ductal fluid. Ductal fluid from women’s breast ducts was collected by nipple aspiration and the fluid was analyzed to see if it contained any viruses or bacteria. This research study will set the stage for future studies by identifying all of the bacteria and viruses that are present in the fluid that is found inside a woman's breast ducts. The study opened to enrollment on November 14th, 2012 and was closed on February 25th, 2013, with 211 Army of Women members signing up to be screened for participation.

 

Mapping the Breast Ducts Study

The goal of this research study is to create a functional map of the breast ducts so that doctors can better diagnose, treat, and – eventually – learn how to prevent breast cancer. The research team was looking for lactating women to undergo Automated Whole Breast Ultrasound on both breasts to help determine the ideal state of the lactating breast for imaging, i.e. full, empty, or in between, as well as the best procedure for capturing the data. Data from this first step of the study will help the team design the second step, which will involve more women. The study opened to enrollment on July 17th, 2015 and closed recruitment on January 19th, 2016 with 23 women signing up to be screened for participation.

Interested in participating in similar studies? Join the Army of Women to see our current studies enrolling participants HERE