obstetrics - gynecology

Precision medicine to drive prevention and management strategies for women with endometrial cancer

Endometrial cancer (EC), or cancer of the uterus, is the most common gynecological cancer in Canada, with new cases and deaths increasing annually, due to an increase in the rate of common risk factors, like obesity. In British Columbia, the number of new EC cases is projected to increase by 50% and mortality to double by 2031. We must investigate economically feasible prevention strategies to control the rate of this cancer.

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2019

Rethink Endometriosis: Genomics and Microenvironment Influence on Biology and Malignant Potential

One million Canadian women are affected by endometriosis annually. There is little investment in research, and socioeconomic cost, >$4 billion annually in Canada, continue to climb owing to lost productivity, sick days, treatments for frequent pain, infertility and depression. Most critically, affected women may have up to a 10-fold increased risk of developing specific types of ovarian cancer. There are no biological features that predict if endometriosis will result in severe or chronic pain, infertility, or cancer.

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2019

Disseminating infographic scientific data about women’s genital pain using social media

Co-leads:

  • Lori Brotto 
    Women's Health Research Institute / Provincial Health Services Authority
  • Lana Barry
    Self Management BC / University of Victoria

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2017

Knowledge translation for a new understanding of sexual pain in endometriosis

Co-leads:

  • Paul Yong
    University of British Columbia
  • Jessica Sutherland
    BC Women's Hospital + Health Centre

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Year: 
2018

Improving maternal and perinatal health outcomes in high risk mothers

Among women who give birth in industrialized countries maternal age, obesity, twin or triplet pregnancy, and presence of chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension continue to increase. For example, 34% of mothers in Canada today are overweight or obese, and approximately 20% of births are to women over 34 years. These demographic trends highlight the need for increasingly complex obstetric care with careful prenatal monitoring and timely obstetric intervention if necessary. 

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2017
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