Division Head Introduction
A message from Dr. Mohamed Bedaiwy, Head of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility.
The Division of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility strives to achieve excellence in patient care, teaching and research, as these relate to the subspecialty. Historically, it has been a leader nationally and internationally.
For a complete list of the Department’s programs, visit the Education section.
Undergraduate & Postgraduate
The Division provides educational activities for residents, undergraduates and visiting trainees. Residents in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology spend three-month rotations within the Division, making regular presentations at the weekly Division Rounds, attending clinics and participating where possible in research activities.
Division members are actively involved in the curriculum of UBC MD undergraduate program, especially in Phase 2 (preclinical) problem-based learning and in Phase 4 (clerkship) activities in ambulatory and hospital-based care. In addition, UBC undergraduates regularly undertake elective rotations and summer studentships with Division members.
Division members are also very active in the graduate program in Reproductive and Developmental Sciences.
The Division accepts students in the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute Summer Student Research Program. Information about the program and how to apply are available via BCCHR website.
The Division also accepts students in the Faculty of Medicine Summer Student Research Program. For more information, please visit the Program website.
The Division offers a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.
Our Division also offers a comprehensive Research Fellowship in Reproductive Medicine. The goal of this program is to train each individual to become a successful researcher and professional. Fellowships range from one to four years. We accept students who are seeking degrees and fellows who are seeking research training to acquire the necessary skills and techniques required to carry out substantial and independent scientific research. Non-degree seeking applicants should contact the Research Manager.
For further details on the Research Fellowship please contact Ariadna Fernandez, the Research Manager.
Continuing Medical Education
Divisional activities in Continuing Medical Education have been centred on the Division’s presentations at the D.A. Boyes Society Annual Meeting. Individual members have also participated in CME activities associated with the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society, the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada and with the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Dr. Anthony Cheung chairs the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Committee of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.
For a list of research areas in the Division, visit the Research by Division page.
The Division’s research activity encompasses basic and clinical research, in addition to collaborative multidisciplinary activities.
Five members of the Division currently hold funding for research projects and Division members have consistently generated publications in peer-reviewed and other journals. Individual members have presented original work at meetings of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society, the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Furthermore, members have participated significantly in the development and publication of Clinical Practice Guidelines under the auspices of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.
Dr. Peter Leung’s Laboratory
Dr. Leung’s lab is recognised for the discovery and characterisation of the gene encoding the human gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) receptor, which is a key regulator in reproductive endocrinology and fertility. His studies on the autocrine and paracrine roles of the GnRH, as well as other growth factors, in different cellular models have shed new light on the molecular mechanisms underlying the control of reproductive function.
Dr. Sai Ma’s Laboratory
Dr Ma’s lab is focused on investigating the genetics of human development at multiple levels in relation to the reproductive health of couples undergoing assisted reproductive technologies (ART). Overall, our research has been dedicated to understanding the roles that genetics and epigenetics play in male fertility and in pregnancies derived from ART.
BC Women’s Research Laboratory
Through the collaborative work between Drs. Mohamed Bedaiwy and Paul Yong, ongoing research activities in this lab are focused on investigating the molecular alterations associated with endometriosis. In addition, this research is focused on the key regulators of invasiveness and transition of endometriosis into cancer.
Women’s Health Centre for Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Research Program
The recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) clinic is a highly specialised clinic, unique of its kind in BC. The RPL clinic will be the site of randomised controlled trials to assess therapeutic interventions for RPL. In addition, we focus our attention to characterise unexplained recurrent pregnancy loss. We also strive to develop national and international collaborations to study the genetic basis for miscarriage.
Several clinical trials are ongoing at different sites to optimise controlled ovarian stimulation. In addition, we are studying different alternatives for poor responders and fertility preservation in cancer patients.
Through our work on the genetics of human development, we hope to better understand the pathophysiology of male infertility and to design techniques to select the healthiest spermatozoa for subsequent use in assisted reproduction.
Clinical Programs & Services
Historically, the UBC In Vitro Fertilization program was established in 1983 when the first Canadian IVF baby was born. For the time being, all clinical and educational assisted reproduction services including intracytoplasmic sperm injection, preimplantation genetic diagnosis and Comprehensive Chromosome Screening are provided by various IVF programs in Vancouver, offering the widest possible range of services to patients while ensuring the highest possible level of safety. These services are provided by various Division faculty members.
This program offers a number of reproductive health services to women and their partners in the areas of pregnancy loss, infertility, premature ovarian failure, endometriosis and menstrual irregularities. In addition, this program provides comprehensive evaluations of women with complex medical problems such as arthritis vascular and clotting disorders who are contemplating pregnancy. Diagnostic services include gynaecologic/early obstetrical ultrasound and office hysteroscopy. This program provides three services:
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Clinic
Early Pregnancy Assessment Clinic
Special Needs Gynaecology
For clinical matters contact Lauren Dobney.
This centre is one of a wide range of clinics at BC Women's Health Centre that provides specialised health services to women living in BC. It provides a tertiary level service approach to the management of chronic pelvic pain. The program has become a multidisciplinary activity and in 2010 began to offer an advanced training program in Endometriosis, Pelvic Pain and Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery to expand the tertiary level services within the province and beyond.
This Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility was developed to support the academic mission of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. This includes supporting faculty and staff salaries, research projects, and the purchase of equipment to facilitate teaching and research in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.
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