The UBC Department has a broad mandate that spans providing excellent clinical care, teaching future generations, and creating new evidence that will optimize the care of women. Parts of this mission are funded through University and Provincial resources, while the majority of our research agenda is funded by competitive grants. However, these sources are inadequate to create truly innovative clinical, educational, and investigational programs.
We depend on the generosity of our supporters to meet the gap. The donations to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology help us succeed in educating top students and pursuing new knowledge and innovation to provide optimum health for the women of BC.
Pelvic floor disorders refers to functional problems with the pelvic organs including the bladder, rectum and vagina. For example, pelvic floor disorders impacting the bladder can result in leakage of urine (urinary incontinence) or difficulty emptying. Similarly, women may suffer from the leakage of stool (stool incontinence). Another common problem is pelvic organ prolapse, where damage to the support of the pelvic organs allows them to slip into and out of the vagina. Pelvic organ prolapse can cause bulging, discomfort and can negatively impact bladder, bowel, and sexual function.
The UBC Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology has a nationally recognized centre of excellence in pelvic floor disorders. In addition to providing excellent care in all pelvic floor problems, we are also improving the quality of life of women suffering from pelvic floor disorders by conducting research aimed developing new prevention and treatment strategies and by training the next generation of specialists to provide exemplary care to patients.
With this fund you will be investing in our long-term future by donating to an endowment that will grow over time to ensure the best and brightest caregivers and researchers.
Pelvic floor disorders, like urinary incontinence, stool incontinence, and pelvic organ prolapse impact between 1 in 5 and 1 in 3 women. While not life threatening, they can have a deleterious impact on the quality of life for those who suffer from them. The UBC Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology is improving the quality of life of women suffering from pelvic floor disorders by conducting research aimed developing new prevention and treatment strategies and by training the next generation of specialists to provide exemplary care to patients.
You can contribute to our current and ongoing research that will support one of our many ongoing studies. Donating to this fund will allow you to see the results of your donations now.
Central to this initiative will be developing a Center of Excellence in research within the division of MFM. This will be led by researchers such as newly appointed Canada Tier 2 CRC chair in perinatal population health, Dr Jennifer Hutcheon. The goal of the fund is to foster improved outcomes for mothers and their babies. The Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine will achieve this through cutting-edge clinical skills, innovative educational programs, ground breaking research led by a world class team of perinatal epidemiologists, and knowledge translation/implementation activities. This will be achieved through support of faculty positions, graduate scholarships, seed grants, equipment purchases and other academic activities deemed beneficial to this mission.
This fund 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.
Dr. David Huntsman, a scientist of international reputation, is currently the Dr. Chew Wei Professor. He has a joint appointment in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and is the co-director of OvCare.
The purpose of the endowment is to provide support for the Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the Faculty of Medicine. The professorship-holder will be responsible for creating the strategic direction of the department and ensuring the clinical education and research programs coordinate and collaborate to successfully achieve the department’s ongoing ambitious goals.
The objectives of the Professorship are:
- To take an active leadership role locally, nationally and internationally in the study of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
- To provide mentorship and training to University undergraduate, graduate and post graduate trainees in the area of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
- To support and advance the goals of the UBC Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Research is an essential pillar of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology’s mission, and the Department has been very successful in this mandate, largely due to the breadth of our research endeavors. The complexity of our field, and need for a broad research platform, makes multi-disciplinary teams integral to our research success, given the current funding climate. The Fred Bryans Research Forum Fund was given to provide the department with means to pursue novel approaches to building a successful research portfolio.
The intent of the Program is to create a network of outstanding community-based clinical teachers through out the Faculty of Medicine Dr. Bryans, former Head of the UBC Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology was a renowned clinical teacher and wished to support excellent clinical teaching. As the Faculty of Medicine embraces the distributed program, the importance of helping clinicians at distributed sites to develop educational competencies becomes essential. The department developed the Fred Bryans Master Teacher Program towards that end. The program explores how adults learn best in a variety of settings and discusses practical strategies to teach when time is limited. initially, the Fred Bryan’s Master Teacher Program was developed within the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, but has subsequently been offered to other disciplines within the Faculty of Medicine across the province.
Income will be administered by a multidisciplinary steering committee consisting of representatives from UBC Departments of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Medical Genetics and Pathology to support its goals in the development of Embryopathology. Valid expenses include faculty and staff salaries, teaching, research or other equipment, research projects, and travel.
Dr Betty Poland graduated in Medicine from the University of London and completed her early postgraduate education in the United Kingdom. She then moved to Canada and practised initially in Toronto. She came to Vancouver in 1965 as a Fellow in the Division of Medical Genetics in the UBC Department of Pediatrics, and subsequently worked to clarify our understanding of the genetic and morphologic development of the early fetus. Her work in the genetic pathology of miscarriage is still quoted today.
Dr Poland became a figurehead in Canadian women's health in the 1960s, and she played a key role on national committees relating to the safety of oral contraceptives and the application of the 1969 changes to the federal abortion law. She was a core member of the Department's team that developed the UBC In Vitro Fertilization Program in 1982. She became the first Head of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility when it was established in 1983. In 1985 she became only the third woman elected to the position of President of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada. Throughout her career, and beyond, she was loved and respected as a genuine leader in the fields of genetics, early fetal development, and Women's Health.
The Division of Gynaecologic Specialties includes clinicians and scientists focused on several sub-specialty areas of women’s health including, pelvic pain, infectious disease, female sexual dysfunction, and reconstructive pelvic surgery. The Ob Gyn New Programs fund supports the academic activities of the Division of Gynaecologic Specialties. This includes supporting faculty and staff salaries, research projects, and the purchase of equipment to facilitate teaching, and research.
You can also give to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology by visiting our online giving form.