Research News


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 >


Sheona Mitchell-Foster received one of the inaugural BC Support Unit Northern Centre Developing Northern Research Collaborations Awards
March 22, 2018“Access to Care for Women with Complex Pregnancies in Northern BC: Patient Partner Capacity Building” was one of five projects awarded the inaugural BC SUPPORT Unit Northern Centre Developing Northern Research Collaborations Awards. Sheona Mitchell-Foster, along with, Health Systems Partner, Vanessa Salmons, and Patient/Community Partner, Trina Fyfe will work together to build capacity on patient-centred […] Read More >


CIHR funds Jennifer Hutcheon and her team to assess the consequences of antenatal corticosteroid use on child brain development using a novel research methodology
February 27, 2018Dr Jennifer Hutcheon was awarded a $221,850 CIHR Project Grant for her study “Short term benefits but long term harm? Assessing the consequences of antenatal corticosteroid administration for child neurodevelopment” which aims to establish if antenatal corticosteroids have harmful consequences for child brain development. Although antenatal corticosteroids, a medication given to pregnant women at risk […] Read More >


The 8th Annual Dr. Fred Bryans Faculty Forum – sharing knowledge and expertise across our department
February 22, 2018The 8th Annual Dr. Fred Bryans Faculty Forum, “Optimizing Impact in Obstetrics and Gynaecology: Improving Health Through Better Knowledge Translation and Implementation” took place on January 25, 2018. It was attended by 70 people. This was one of the largest turn-outs to date and we are certainly pleased to see our numbers climb. All of […] Read More >


New 4-year CIHR Project Grant will bring multidisciplinary team together to develop a deeper understanding of sexual pain in endometriosis
February 22, 2018Dr Paul Yong is the Nominated Principal Applicant of a 4-year, $976,904, CIHR project grant which aims to validate the newly discovered genetic and molecular pathways that may contribute to pain with sexual intercourse. The project will use an existing prospective data registry and linked tissue bank in the BC Women’s Centre for Pelvic Pain […] Read More >


Dr. Brotto Named Researcher of the Year by APOG
December 11, 2017The Association of Professionals in Obstetrics and Gynecology awarded Professor Lori Brotto as the Researcher of the Year at the annual meeting December 1. This is a tremendous honor recognizing her unique contributions in research and knowledge translation. With an educational background in clinical psychology and basic science Dr. Brotto has pursued a impressive array […] Read More >