Research Groups

The Department’s research groups encompass basic and clinical research, in addition to collaborative multidisciplinary activities.

The Canadian Perinatal Network (CPN) is made up of Canadian researchers who collaborate on research issues relating to perinatal care. The network commenced in September 2005, and includes members from 23 tertiary perinatal units.CPN's inaugural project, Birth before 29 weeks, seeks to identify best practice in the care of women with the most common causes of preterm birth at 22 to 28 weeks gestation.

The Centre for Pelvic Floor Competence is located at St. Paul’s Hospital and is led by Dr. Geoffrey Cundiff and Dr. Roxana Geoffrion. Their research involves multiple multi-centre trials that study different treatment methods for an assortment of pelvic floor disorders. The centre unites a variety of specialists to reach high levels of patient care and research.

The BC Women’s Centre for Pelvic Pain & Endometriosis and the UBC Endometriosis Pelvic Pain Laboratory are home to an interdisciplinary team actively involved in research to improve the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of endometriosis and pelvic pain.

Multidisciplinary Vulvodynia Program is a combined clinical and research program that aims to improve the lives of women and their partners affected by provoked vestibulodynia. It is one of the programs offered by the BC Centre for Vulvar Health.

Ovarian Cancer Research Team is a collaborative, interdisciplinary research team to enhance research in ovarian cancer and improve health outcomes for women facing the disease.

The Pre-Eclampsia Integrated Estimate of RiSk for mothers (PIERS), led by Dr Peter von Dadelszen, is an international, multi-centre collaboration to develop a model to predict risk of adverse outcomes in women admitted to hospital with pre-eclampsia. The PIERS model will contribute to our understanding of the pathophysiology of pre-eclampsia, which we hope will lead to the development of new appropriate treatments and interventions to reduce maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality associated with this condition.

The theme of PRE-EMPT (Pre-eclampsia Eclampsia Monitoring, Prevention and Treatment) project is to develop, test and introduce new knowledge that will reduce the unacceptable maternal, perinatal, family, societal, and global impacts of pre-eclampsia, and the other hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. Dr Peter von Dadelszen leads the PRE-EMPT initiative with funding provided to UBC from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Research in Advanced Fetal diagnosis and Therapy Group (RAFT) is a research-focused group that facilitates research in fetal imaging, diagnosis and therapy.

The UBC Sexual Health Lab focuses on clinical and behavioural research in women's sexual health, issues in sexuality, and psycho-social oncology issues.