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Overview

Students planning to enrole in Western's Faculty of Graduate Studies would do well to consider what the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology has to offer in terms of research projects.  We have 40 faculty, including basic researchers, who focus on new discoveries, social scientists, who focus on ethical and social issues, and clinical scientists who practise medicine and translate their research findings into practice standards and treatments, all of which enable us to put everything we know into use to improve patient care.

Our proportion of basic and social scientists is the highest in the country. These basic and social scientists work in interdisciplinary research teams, which include clinicians, who are dedicated for the majority of their time to providing patient care. The result of this collaboration is that they develop a first-hand understanding of clinical care issues and learn what requires more basic research. This approach is making us world leaders in the bench-to-bedside approach to research in women's health and has resulted in our being successful in obtaining significant funding from biomedical funding agencies.

What are the current areas of research?

Our scientists are engaged in five main areas of research:

  • Maternal-Fetal Medicine with the goal of healthy fetal and newborn development.
  • Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility with the goal of assisting women and their partners experiencing difficulties become pregnant.
  • Urogynaecology/Minimally Invasive Surgery with the goal of improving female pelvic floor health
  • Gynaecologic Oncology with the goal of promoting prevention
  • Women's Health Research with the goals of analyzing and evaluating population-wide health data to ensure care plans are appropriate and effective and promoting prompt access to programs to prevent and treat disease, informed decision-making by patients and public engagement in health-policy making.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

Applicants wishing further information regarding available research training should contact:

Dr. Queena Chou
Co-Chair, Research Committee
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Western University
LHSC-VH, B2-443
800 Commissioners Road, East
London, Ontario
N6A 5W9

Dr. Andrew Watson
Co-Chair, Research Committee
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Western University
Clinical Skills Building, Room 2708
1151 Richmond St
London, ON
N6A 3K7