OBGYN Research Programs

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

The BC Centre for Vulvar Health oversees the following clinics: Vulvar Pain Assessment Clinic, Vulvar Disease Clinic, Vulvar Intraepithelial Neoplasia Clinic, and Vulvar Oncology Clinic. Our multidisciplinary team is actively involved in research to improve the lives of individuals affected by benign, premalignant and malignant conditions of the vulva.

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.

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.

In 2018, the Gynecologic Cancer Initiative (GCI) was formed to promote synergies and facilitate the integration between research scientists and clinicians across the province, with the goal of accelerating the pace of change in improving patient outcomes in British Columbia.

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 PRE-EMPT (PREgnancy Evidence, Monitoring, Partnerships and Treatment) initiative is a consortium of leading global maternal health research and impact initiatives aimed at developing, testing and introducing new knowledge that will reduce the unacceptable maternal, perinatal, family, societal, and global impacts of pre-eclampsia, and the other pregnancy complications.

Reproductive Infectious Diseases Program is a network of health professionals, researchers and knowledge users dedicated to advancing reproductive infectious diseases care and research internationally.

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