Carrie-Ellen Briere

Assistant Professor
College of Nursing
228 Skinner Hall

Scholars Project Title:  Investigation of Bioactive Components of Human Milk to Protect and Promote Breastfeeding and Infant Health

While the nutrition and immunity aspects of human milk are well recognized, recent scientific advances have identified millions of cells and bioactive components in milk. Many of these bioactives have been found to have a direct interaction with infants to provide health benefits. Dr. Briere will investigate the cellular components of milk (namely stem cells) and the mechanisms involved to promote infant health and development. Additionally, she will characterize how routine hospital handling practices may impact human milk for preterm and ill newborns.

Selected Publications:

  • Briere, C.E., Jensen, T., McGrath, J.M.  Young, E.E., Finck, C. 2017. "Stem-Like Cell Characteristics from Breast Milk of Mothers with Preterm Infants as Compared to Mothers with Term Infants" Breastfeeding Medicine 12(3): 174-179.
  • Briere, C.E., McGrath, J.M.,  Jensen, T., Mason, A., Finck, C. 2016. "Breast Milk Stem Cells:Current Science and Implications for Preterm Infants" Advances in Neonatal Care 16(6): 410-419.
  • Briere, C.E., McGrath, J.M., Cong, X., Brownell, E., & Cusson, R. 2016. Direct-Breastfeeding in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Breastfeeding Duration for Premature Infants. Applied Nursing Research 32, 47-51. doi:
  • Briere, C. E., McGrath, J. M., Cong, X., Brownell, E., & Cusson, R. 2015. Direct-Breastfeeding Premature Infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Journal of Human Lactation 31(3), 386-392. doi: 10.1177/0890334415581798