Research News


Featured Researcher – Dr. Merry Gong
August 28, 2018What is your day job? I am a fellow in urogynecology. My work is divided between clinical care, research, and resident and medical student education.  What is your primary research focus? Research opportunities are endless in the field of urogynecology. I’m at the beginning of my career, and I’m open to all research opportunities that […] Read More >


Giving Voice to Women’s Silent Health Issues
July 25, 2018The VCRI summarizes “Her Health Dialogue”—a public health talk they hosted on June 25, 2018. Read more about the presentations by Drs Marette Lee, Paul Yong and Lori Brotto and patient advocate, Lana Barry. Read More >


Gillian Hanley: MSFHR Scholar Award recipient for her Health Services project “Population-based ‘big data’ research to improve women’s health”.
July 23, 2018One June 13, 2018 the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) announced the recipients of the 2018 Scholar Award competition. Dr. Gillian Hanley, an Assistant Professor, in the Division of Gynaecology was one of 17 Scholars funded for her Health Services Research project “Population-based ‘big data’ research to improve women’s health”. Gillian continues to […] Read More >


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 >