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  • Announcement: 2021/22 OGGS Recipients: Jack Webb & Virginia Wolfe

    September 01, 2021
    The Obstetrics and Gynaecology Graduate Research Scholarships (OGGS) encourage and recognize excellence in research at the graduate level within the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University. This year's winners are Jack Webb & Virginia Wolfe.

  • Western researchers explore effects of weed in womb

    September 01, 2021
    Early research shows cannabis use during pregnancy may affect fetal development featuring Dr. Daniel Hardy.

  • Oh baby! London hospital registers record-breaking birth boom

    August 19, 2021
    The numbers are in at Southwestern Ontario’s largest hospital, and they’re record-breaking. London Health Sciences Centre medical teams delivered 561 newborns last month, its highest monthly total on record, enough to fill the seats on three Boeing 737 jetliners. “We’re on par for over 500 babies in August. too, but I don’t know how much above 500 we’ll be yet,” said Dr. Tracey Crumley, LHSC’s chief of obstetrics and gynecology.

  • Breastfeeding & Covid protection

    August 13, 2021
    The Middlesex-London Health Unit collaborated with Western University and the London Health Sciences Centre to host an interactive conversation with the public on the topics of interactions on pregnancy, fertility, and breastfeeding from the COVID vaccine last week.

  • You Make a Difference: Dr. Janine Hutson

    August 12, 2021
    London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) recently welcomed Dr. Hutson to its roster of innovative thinkers. Her mission? To make prescription drug use safer for pregnant women. Learn more about Dr. Janine Hutson and how her research is leading a new, life-changing maternal health program at LHSC.

  • Were you a mom-to-be during COVID? London researchers need your help

    June 17, 2021
    Dr. Genevieve Eastabrook and team is recruiting 300 new London-area moms and their babies to explore in detail the pandemic’s toll on them. The study details were recently discussed in the The London Free Press.

  • Examining the health impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on mothers and their new babies

    June 16, 2021
    It has been a challenging year for many with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic creating changes to people’s lifestyles, education, employment and health care. The impacts of these changes may be posing a health risk to women who have given birth during this trying time, and for their babies.

  • How Exercise Affects Pregnant Women

    May 15, 2021
    Dr. Daniel Hardy's lab recently published a paper investigating the "beneficial effects of exercise in pregnancy on placental function". The paper's results were recently discussed in a mainstream running/outdoors magazine, Outside Magazine.

  • Celebrating Doctors’ Day

    May 01, 2021
    On May 1, the Ontario Medical Association and health-care organizations across the province will recognize the extraordinary contributions of Ontario doctors by celebrating Doctors’ Day - let’s celebrate and thank our doctors for their expertise and dedication to patient care.

  • 2021 Schulich Leader Award: Dr. Andrew Watson

    April 29, 2021
    Celebrating the 2021 Awards of Excellence recipients! As educators, researchers, innovators and leaders, the 2021 Awards of Excellence recipients are making a difference at the School. It is with great pride that we recognize and honour their achievements.

  • Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 19th Annual Paul Harding Research day

    April 28, 2021
    Thanks to online digital conference methods a pandemic was no match for the OB/GYN dept 19th Annual Paul Harding Research day held on April 28th 2021.

  • Announcement: Dr. Timothy Regnault appointed Assistant Dean, Pre-Clinical Research

    April 09, 2021
    We are pleased to announce that Dr. Timothy Regnault has been appointed to the position of Assistant Dean, Pre-Clinical Research, at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University effective July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2024.

  • Announcement: Dr. Timothy Regnault appointed Assistant Dean, Pre-Clinical Research

    April 09, 2021
    Dr. Timothy Regnault has been appointed to the position of Assistant Dean, Pre-Clinical Research, at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University effective July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2024.

  • CIHR Project Grant recipient: Dr. Trevor Shepherd

    March 12, 2021
    The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) announced the Fall 2020 CIHR Grant recipients.

  • Resident Spotlight: Dr. Stephanie Lammers, Obstetrics and Gynaecology

    February 24, 2021
    As a fifth-year resident in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Dr. Stephanie Lammers enjoys the surgical aspects of the program, as well as the special moments with patients that energize and refuel her.

  • The benefits of 3D models in ovarian cancer research

    February 23, 2021
    London, Ontario–based translational oncology scientist Dr. Trevor Shepherd dedicates his career to breaking new ground in ovarian cancer research. He’s currently developing three-dimensional (3D) models of cancer cells, using tissues donated by women with ovarian cancer. In technical terms, these are called patient-derived organoids, essentially miniature tumours that are grown in a lab. Importantly, they preserve the characteristics of actual tumours, and respond just as a tumour would when changes to its surroundings are introduced.

  • Announcement: Dr. Tracey Crumley appointed Chair/Chief Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

    January 21, 2021
    Dr. Tracey Crumley has been appointed as Chair/Chief, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) and St. Joseph’s Health Care London effective January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2025.

  • Announcement: John Challis appointed an officer of the Order of Canada

    December 31, 2020
    Our very own Dr. John Challis has been awarded as an officer of the Order of Canada! The Order of Canada recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community, and service to the nation. The citation states for his “seminal contributions to the field of Obstetrics and Gynaecology”. Many of those contributions occurred when he was in our department and when he became the first director of our Maternal-Fetal research group and the Lawson Health Research Institute in London.

  • Announcement: SOGC announces the 2020 Carl Nimrod Award recipients

    December 01, 2020
    Congratulations to our 2020 Carl Nimrod Award recipients! The Carl Nimrod Educator Award recognizes outstanding achievement within the field of education in obstetrics and gynaecology. Award recipients demonstrate excellence, commitment, innovation and leadership in imparting not only knowledge and skills but also attitudes, to the next generation of practitioners.

  • In Memoriam: Dr. Paul Harding

    October 01, 2020
    The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry mourns the loss of Dr. Paul Harding, MD’85, remembered as a pioneer of neonatal research in Canada.

  • Announcement: 2020/21 OGGS Recipient: Sebastian Vanin

    August 03, 2020
    The Obstetrics and Gynaecology Graduate Research Scholarships (OGGS) encourage and recognize excellence in research at the graduate level within the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University. This year's winner is Sebastian Vanin.

  • What expectant parents need to know about LHSC's COVID-19 restrictions

    May 19, 2020
    Precautions have been put in place at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) to ensure expectant parents and their babies remain safe during the COVID-19 outbreak. Dr. Tracey Crumley, the interim chair and chief of obstetrics and gynecology at LHSC said when the pandemic hit, parents-to-be were very concerned about how the process would change and about the safety of mother and child.

  • Giving birth during a pandemic, the fears and the unknown

    April 22, 2020
    Preparing for the real possibility of having a patient with COVID-19 giving birth, medical staff in obstetrics are doing everything they can to be ready. With the help of the Western's Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, labour and birthing simulations have been taking place at the London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC).

  • Simulation ups confidence, care during COVID-19

    April 17, 2020
    More than 30 Schulich Medicine & Dentistry faculty members have been creating and delivering interprofessional simulation experiences, with the goal of helping health-care providers learn, adapt and prepare for the COVID-19 cases they may encounter. Led by Obstetrics and Gynaecology professor Dr. Taryn Taylor, MD’10, the interprofessional obstetrics simulation was one of about 50 COVID-19 simulations that have taken place, with more planned.

  • Announcement: Celebrating the 2020 Awards of Excellence recipients

    April 15, 2020
    As educators, researchers, innovators and leaders, the 2020 Awards of Excellence recipients are making a difference at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. This year, we celebrate 42 award recipients. It is with great pride that we recognize and honour their achievements.

  • Women's Simulation Education Expands Training Program

    October 30, 2019
    Opened in 2017, the Michael Gunning Simulation Centre is a unique space where care teams come together in a realistic, simulated patient care setting to respond to emergencies and learn life-saving skills.

  • London researchers sound alarm over marijuana's toll on fertility

    June 10, 2019
    GREI resident, Dr. Sara Ilnitsky, profiled in LFP article on the possible links between pregnancy and marijuana use

  • Lifestyle changes during pregnancy may improve outcomes for obese women and their babies

    March 21, 2019
    Researchers found that counseling obese expectant mother on both healthy eating and physical activity during pregnancy reduced the risk of neonatal adiposity

  • Understanding the impact of cervical cancer

    February 28, 2019
    Study indicates more education is needed for patients and physicians on the signs and symptoms of cervical cancer

  • Western OBGYN Pregnancy Research Group Rep on International Day of Women and Girls in Science

    February 11, 2019
    Dr. De Vrijer, Dr. Eastabrook, Jennifer Ryder and Samantha Bedell collaborate with expert researchers to promote maternal, fetal and infant health.

  • The Fertility Clinic Achieves Exemplary Accreditation Standing

    February 08, 2019
    Bravo to LHSC Fertility Clinic at Victoria Hospital for achieving "exemplary standing" after a grueling accreditation process in November!

  • Study explores impact of THC exposure in utero

    February 04, 2019
    Our very own Daniel Hardy, a Department of OB/Gyn Basic Scientist, led a recent study that found “alarming” damage to important organs in newborns who were exposed to cannabis – and, specifically, to THC – while in utero. This damage could lead to heart disease and diabetes later in life.

  • President’s Award Awarded to Women's Care & NICU Social Work Team

    January 29, 2019
    The Social Workers Team of Women's Care and NICU receive the 2019 President's Award for Living Our Core Values

  • Western Cleans Up at CFAS

    September 17, 2018
    Western REI research students, residents and fellows present multiple posters and abstracts at CFAS 2018 Conference in Montreal

  • Dr. Tekpetey CARE & LIFE Award at CFAS

    September 17, 2018
    Dr. Francis Tekpetey received the Care & Life Award at the Canadian Fertility & Andrology Society Conference in Montreal, September 13th, 2018

  • Celebrating the Extraordinary Work of Dr. Lovett and Ob/Gyn Team

    August 03, 2018
    Patient thankful for positive surgical experience at Victoria Hospital

  • Dr. Tracey Crumley appointed as Interim Chair/Chief Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

    July 10, 2018
    We are pleased to announce that Dr. Tracey Crumley has been appointed as Interim Chair/Chief, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University commencing July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.

  • Congratulations to our new Emeritus Faculty 2018!

    May 11, 2018
    Congrats Drs. Fellows, Natale, Richardson, and Robins!

  • Congratulations to Dr. Renato Natale - OSOG Award

    October 26, 2017
    We are happy to announce that the OMA Section of Ob/Gyn and the OSOG will be holding their Awards Dinner in association with the SOGC’s Ontario CME event on Thursday, November 30th, honoring this year’s recipient, Dr. Renato Natale. We encourage you to purchase tickets and celebrate with your colleague. Congratulations Dr. Natale!

  • Dr. Maria Wu presents at the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) 38th Annual Scientific Meeting in Providence, Rhode Island

    October 10, 2017
    Dr. Wu's project entitled "Pelvic Floor Muscle Training versus Watchful Waiting on Pelvic Floor Disorders in Postpartum Women: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis" was presented as an oral podium presentation during the general scientific session, the most prestigious format of scientific presentation at the meeting. She was the only Canadian project that was granted a presentation during the general scientific session and she spoke to a crowd of hundreds. Her project was also granted early acceptance for publication in the Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery Journal.

  • Giving hope to ALS patients: Dr. Brittney Parlett, Resident Alumna

    October 02, 2017
    Residency brings many unexpected challenges. For Resident Alumna, Dr. Brittney Parlett, it was her husband Jeff Perreault being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Instead of giving up hope, Dr. Parlett excelled in her residency, cared for her husband and raised money for ALS research.

  • Dr. Sheryl Choo featured on Resident Doctors of Canada

    August 04, 2017
    Dr. Sheryl Choo discusses her decision to go into Maternal-Fetal Medicine and her experience at Western University.

  • Drs Barbra de Vrijer, Timothy Regnault and Charles McKenzie awarded Whaley Fellowship

    July 25, 2017
    Drs Barbra de Vrijer, Timothy Regnault and Charles McKenzie were awarded a Whaley Fellowship for their project entitled, “MRI of placental inflammation”. This fellowship will be used to support Dr Takashi Hashimoto, obstetrician/gynaecologist from Kagoshima city, Japan, to complete a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship in London.

  • Stephanie Giza received the 2nd place Poster Award

    July 10, 2017
    Stephanie Giza, PhD student with Drs Charles McKenzie and Barbra de Vrijer for the Collaborative Obesity in Pregnancy Research Group, received the 2nd place Poster Award for her e-poster entitled: Quantification of Fetal Fat Development in Mid-Late Gestation using 3D Water-Fat MRI, presented at the London Imaging Discovery Day (LIDD) in London.

  • Congratulations to our graduating PGY5's!

    July 06, 2017
    The Department would like to extend our congratulations to Steve, Fatima, Cici, Brittney, Cheryl, Caroline, and Marie, for successfully completing their Royal College exams and their residency training. We wish you all the best!

  • LHSC Continence Clinic Featured on CTV News

    July 06, 2017
    The Continence Clinic is helping give women their confidence back.

  • Dr. Andrew Watson recognized for 25 years of service

    June 29, 2017
    At Western’s annual employee reception in June 2017, Dr. Andrew Watson was recognized for 25 years of service at the University. In lieu of a gift from Western, Dr. Watson preferred to acknowledge this wonderful milestone with cake at the June Department meeting. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Watson.

  • Dr. Laudelino Lopes named Professor Emeritus at 2017 Convocation

    June 15, 2017
    Congratulations to Dr. Laudelino Lopes, who was conferred Professor Emeritus status at Western Convocation on June 15.

  • Racing for a cure

    May 11, 2017
    Originally interested in breast cancer research, Trevor Shepherd, PhD, was inspired to study ovarian cancer after realizing how little was known about the disease. Now, an established researcher in the area, he is uncovering new discoveries and generating knowledge about ovarian cancer. And as London gears up for its annual London Run for Ovarian Cancer on May 14, he’s grateful for the community’s continued support of research and its awareness programs, as ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cancer for women and considered to be among the most serious for this affected group.

  • Dr. Trevor Shepherd awarded UWO Collaborative Research Seed Grant (CRSG)

    May 11, 2017
    CRSG provides seed funding for the formation and development of new interdisciplinary collaborative research teams. This new funding will help to promote new collaborations that build on different scientific and scholarly backgrounds, facilitate breakthroughs in solving research questions in a collaborative manner, and position Schulich Medicine & Dentistry's researchers to successfully respond to targeted requests for proposals from Tri-Council or other funding agencies. Project: Combination targeted immunotherapy for the treatment of metastatic ovarian cancer PI: Trevor Shepherd (Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology) Co-Investigators: John McCormick (Department of Microbiology and Immunology); John Ronald (Department of Medical Biophysics / Robarts Research Institute)

  • Genetic testing rates for ovarian cancer low across Ontario

    May 11, 2017
    Less than seven per cent of Ontario women with the most common type of ovarian cancer were seen for genetics consultation within two years of diagnosis, despite its high potential for life-saving benefits, a new cohort study has shown.

  • Continuing to serve others, Jim Silcox

    April 25, 2017
    April 23 to 29, 2017 is National Volunteer Week and the recognition is well deserved for the nearly 900 individuals who donate their time to help others at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC). Each year, LHSC’s Volunteer Services holds an appreciation event where all volunteers are thanked for their work and those who have milestones over five years are recognized with a Long Service Award. For five years Jim Silcox has been volunteering his time helping answer questions for patients and visitors entering LHSC’s University Hospital from the Information Desk in the front lobby. His volunteer role is quite different from his UH role as an Obstetrician /Gynaecologist, which he began only six months after the hospital opened.

  • Support the 2017 London Run for Ovarian Cancer

    April 10, 2017
    Help support the Translational Ovarian Cancer Research Program and join the Racing Researchers in the 2017 London Run for Ovarian Cancer We have had a team participate in this important London event every year since 2007. Be a part of the year's team, raise money, and run or walk with us on Mother's Day. If you can't join us, then we welcome your support with a donation to our team. We hope to raise over $1000 and with your help we can easily surpass this goal! Trevor Shepherd, Racing Researchers Team Captain

  • Fiddler on the Moose

    April 07, 2017
    We are very excited about the upcoming “Fiddler on the Moose” fundraiser in support of Women’s Health at LHSC. This year’s event will raise funds for Women’s Simulation Education and Surgical Skills Development Centre.

  • Drs. Basim Abu Rafea and Angelos Vilos awarded AMOSO Innovation Fund grant

    February 22, 2017
    Congratulations to Drs. Basim Abu Rafea and Angelos Vilos, who have been awarded an AMOSO Innovation Fund grant for their project "Molecular Validation of Methods used to Select Embryos for Single Embryo Transfer (SET) for the Treatment of Infertility"

  • Dr. Matthew Cohen receives the 2017 PARO resident teaching award at Western

    February 16, 2017
    The RTP Committee congratulates Dr. Matthew Cohen for receiving the 2017 PARO resident teaching award at Western. The PARO Trust Fund makes an annual $1000 award to each of the five Ontario Medical schools. The awards honour residents who have provided outstanding clinical teaching experiences to junior housestaff and clinical clerks. The winners will be honoured at the time of the PARO Clinical Teaching Awards Banquet held in May.

  • Drs. Barbra de Vrijer, Kevin Coughlin and Genevieve Eastabrook receive Children’s Health Foundation grant

    February 13, 2017
    Drs. Barbra de Vrijer, Kevin Coughlin and Genevieve Eastabrook have been awarded a $50,000 Children’s Health Foundation grant for their study “Preventing childhood obesity: Improving metabolic health in the first 1000 days of life”. The purpose of this research is to find markers of poor metabolic health during pregnancy and infancy and identify modifiable environmental and nutritional factors that play a role in the future development of childhood obesity and diabetes.

  • Drs. Barbra de Vrijer and Tim Regnault present research to the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO)

    January 20, 2017
    On January 20, 2017, Drs. Barbra de Vrijer and Tim Regnault, and their collaborator in Medical Biophysics, Dr. Charles McKenzie, presented their research on placental MRI as part of a Lawson and Children's Health Research Institutes’ presentation of hospital based research to the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO). For further information about this day please see https://www.lawsonresearch.ca or read CAHO’s tweets on http://bit.ly/2jmETZN.

  • Canadian National Perinatal Research Meeting 2017

    December 06, 2016
    Dr. Tim Regnault and Dr. Deb Sloboda at McMaster University, Co-Chairs of the Organizing Committee, would like to encourage department faculty and trainees to register for the Canadian National Perinatal Research Meeting in Montebello, Quebec, February 14-17, 2017.

  • Dr. Robins Named Clerkship Teacher of the Year (2015-2016)

    November 16, 2016
    The Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) Committee has selected Dr. Robins as the Clerkship Teacher of the Year for the Meds2017 class.

  • Dr. Richardson Receives APOG 2016 Excellence in Research Award

    November 16, 2016
    Congratulations to Dr. Bryan Richardson, who has been selected to receive the 2016 Excellence in Research Award from the Association of Academic Professionals in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (APOG).

  • Dr. Ronald Robins Receives the 2016 Carl Nimrod Award (APOG)

    November 14, 2016
    This award recognizes excellence, commitment, innovation and leadership demonstrated in research mentoring and/or teaching knowledge, attitudes, and skills to the next generation of practitioners.

  • American Society for Reproductive Medicine Abstracts

    October 18, 2016
    Our residents and fellows presented three posters at this year's ASRM Scientific Congress, held in Salt Lake City, Utah.

  • A Focus on Research

    October 07, 2016
    Congratulations go out to this year's OGGS & AEF recipients.

  • Stephanie Giza received the MSH Maternal Fetal Medicine Award

    October 06, 2016
    For her abstract entitled: A Quantitative Tool for the Study of Adipose Tissue Development in Utero: 3D Water-Fat MRI

  • Collaborative Obesity in Pregnancy Research Group: Supporting a Team to Investigate Placental Adaptations to Obesity

    October 04, 2016
    This team been awarded a Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health and Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (CIHR/IHDCYH/SOGC) Team Grant of $746,764 for 5 years

  • Congratulations to Mike Wong, MSc Student working with Dr. Dan Hardy

    September 13, 2016
    Recipient of the Debbie Comuzzi Trainee of the Year for 2016

  • Department Focus Groups

    September 01, 2016
    If you haven't already participated in one of the focus groups, we want to hear from you!

  • Congratulations Dr. Regnault

    July 18, 2016
    Dr. Regnault received a CIHR Project Grant

  • Dr. Natale Recognized by SOGC

    June 23, 2016
    Dr. Natale won the Award of Excellence for the Central Region at SOGC

  • 8th Biennial Canadian Conference on Ovarian Cancer Research (CCOCR)

    June 20, 2016
    Dr. Trevor Shepherd helped to lead the 8th Biennial Canadian Conference on Ovarian Cancer Research (CCOCR).

  • Shoppers Love You Run for Women

    June 20, 2016
    The Shoppers Love You Run for Women, taking place on Sunday, June 12 in Harris Park.

  • Driving Miss Daisy - Victoria Playhouse

    June 20, 2016
    Victoria Playhouse Petrolia presents a very special performance supporting Women's Health at LHSC on Thursday, July 14.