Research News


Dr Beristain awarded a CIHR Catalyst Grant : Sex as a Variable in Biomedical Research
July 11, 2018In May 2018 CIHR awarded Dr Alexander G Beristain and his Co-Investigator, Dr Wendy Robinson $149,020 over two years  to study the “Effect of trophoblast sex on uterine immune cell function.” Drs Beristain and Robinson plan to examine how placenta cells of either male or female sex differ from each other with respect to the genes they express […] Read More >


Featured Researcher – Dr. Chelsea Elwood
July 9, 2018Chelsea Elwood is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the department of OBGYN – her research focus is the vaginal microbiome. What is your day job? I am a general OBGYN within the Department of Gynecologic Specialties, sub-specializing in reproductive infectious diseases.  I also have a strong research component within my practice.  I split my time […] Read More >


Understanding the associations between operative vaginal delivery and obstetric trauma and birth trauma
July 3, 2018Q&A with lead author, Dr. Giulia Muraca. Our group has been working for the last six years to compare mom and baby outcomes in deliveries for which an uncomplicated vaginal delivery is no longer an option and intervention by forceps, vacuum, or cesarean delivery is required. These analyses included data from hundreds of thousands of […] Read More >


Listening to the silent pain of endometriosis
June 13, 2018Dr Paul Yong is featured in the VCHRI Research Insider, discussing recent research into endometriosis. Read More >


Dr Marette Lee is featured in the VCHRI Research Insider
May 30, 2018Read the VCHRI Research insider story, “Shaking the Gendered Stigma of HPV”, where Dr Lee talks about the stigma and misperceptions that surround HPV. Read More >


Featured Research Staff – Marianne Vidler
May 23, 2018Tell us about your job; what do you do? I am a Research Manager based in Vancouver working in global maternal health with a particular focus on Pre-eclampsia in Sub Saharan African and South Asia. Learn more about the PRE-EMPT project Marianne works on. Do you travel? Every two months or so I go abroad […] Read More >


PRE-eclampsia & Eclampsia Monitoring, Prevention & Treatment – Global Results Presentation May 23 and 24
May 11, 2018What is pre-eclampsia? Pre-eclampsia is a condition characterized by high blood pressure during pregnancy with signs of damage to another organ systems, most commonly the liver and kidneys. It complicates 8-10% of pregnancies and is a leading cause of maternal and infant death with 76,000 maternal deaths and 500,000 infant deaths each year worldwide. Pre-eclampsia […] Read More >


Dr. Roxana Geoffrion’s CIHR Project Grant: COMET – Composite Outcomes of MEsh vs suture Techniques for prolapse repair: A randomized controlled multicentre trial
April 19, 2018  COMET: Composite Outcomes of MEsh vs suture Techniques for prolapse repair: A randomized controlled multicentre trial More than 4 million women in Canada suffer from pelvic floor diseases. Pelvic floor muscles, nerves and ligaments can tear and stretch, mainly from vaginal deliveries of babies and aging. Women experience urine or fecal leakage and pelvic […] Read More >


Obstetrics & Gynaecology Department Members Leading 3 of 4 BCCHR Healthy Starts Catalyst Grants
April 19, 2018The winners of the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute’s Healthy Starts Catalyst 2017-2018 Grant Competition were announced on March 22, 2018. Three of the four are being led, or co-led, by members of the Department.   Congratulations to: Dr. Astrid Christoffersen-Deb (Principal Investigator); Dr. Mark Ansermino (Co-Principal Investigator); Dr. Beth Payne (Co-Investigator); Dr. Joseph Ngonzi, Dr. […] Read More >


Dr Lori Brotto’s new book: ‘Better Sex through Mindfulness’
April 3, 2018Dr. Lori Brotto’s new book, Better Sex through Mindfulness, is scheduled for release in April 2018. Dr. Brotto has been a member of the UBC Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology since 2005, and is the Executive Director of the Women’s Health Research Institute, a Canada Research Chair in Women’s Sexual Health, and a Registered Psychologist. […] Read More >