Reproduction & Healthy Pregnancy Research
Researchers in the Reproduction & Healthy Pregnancy cluster work towards understanding infertility, early pregnancy loss, fetal development, pregnancy complications, preterm birth, the newborn period, infancy, pre- and post-partum depression and reproductive cancers. The approaches range from cellular and molecular biology, and genetic research to clinical, policy and population health services studies.
Developed societies around the world are experiencing a number of demographic and societal changes that are influencing the reproductive health of women and increasing the incidence of several health problems. For instance, a delay in childbearing to older maternal ages is resulting in increased infertility, poor pregnancy outcome, fertility treatments, multiple pregnancies, and preterm births.
Our focus is on basic science and clinical research of the reproductive health of women over the life span. Research is targeted at identifying mechanisms involved in the etiology and pathogenesis of infertility, early pregnancy loss, congenital anomalies, pregnancy complications, preterm birth, pre and post-partum depression and reproductive cancers. The goal is to develop improved diagnostic and therapeutic options for these conditions to improve the health of the women, improve pregnancy outcomes and health of babies, and reduce health care costs.
Our overall mission is to provide a rich, diverse, and stimulating scientific environment that will support research of benefit to the reproductive health of women and the well-being of their families; and to establish this as an internationally recognized centre of scientific excellence in women’s reproductive health and clinical developmental biology.
Research activities are conducted in the state of the art wet laboratory buildings of the Child & Family Research Institute and the clinical research areas in the adjacent BC Children's Hospital and the BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre. This creates a unique setting for interdisciplinary women's reproductive health research.
Key Areas of Research Activity
Our research focuses on reproduction across the lifespan including:
Recruitment and Training Opportunities
Training opportunities include those through the CIHR-funded Interdisciplinary Women’s Reproductive Health Research Training Program. It is a graduate training and scholarship funding program designed to train students in interdisciplinary research. Students accepted into the program must have a research project that crosses at least two CIHR pillars and promotes collaborations between different members of the group. The program provides a mentored research experience that bridges basic science and social science expertise for medical and graduate students as well as for postdoctoral fellows.