Congratulations to Dr. Denise Pugash for PRIME!

Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) awards UBC $827,000 for research in maternal and infant health taking place at BC Women’s Hospital.

Dr. D. Pugash

The funds were awarded to study recent advances in ultrasound technology through PRIME -Perinatal Research Imaging Evaluation which will be led by BC Women’s Radiologist, and UBC clinical professor, Dr. Denise Pugash.

The newly renovated PRIME Centre will be located in BC Women’s Hospital, adjacent to the clinical ultrasound department.

Each year, over 7,000 babies are delivered and 16,000 ultrasound exams are performed at BC Women’s. Half of these pregnancies are high-risk due to serious maternal conditions or fetal abnormalities.

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2015 Nelly Auersperg Award Recipients: Dr. Mohamed Bedaiwy and Dr. Flora Teng

This year’s Nelly Auersperg Award Recipients are Dr. Mohamed Bedaiwy and Dr. Flora Teng.


Dr. Bedaiwy is researching the potential use of gonadotropic releasing hormone (GnRH) antagonists as an alternative therapy to treat ectopic pregnancy.

Dr. Teng’s work is in developing and piloting a contraceptive decision tool for Canadians and looking to generate tailored women-centered recommendations based on evidence.

We look forward to seeing more of their work.

Please also see the official UBC release:

About the Nelly Auersperg Award

The Nelly Auersperg Award supports pilot studies in women’s health which aim to generate preliminary data, test new approaches, methodologies or tools. The funding supports activities that will enable the pursuit of more ambitious studies and foster further funding applications.

Visit our Nelly Auersperg page for more information.

Dr. Brian Fitzsimmons is successful in his bid for the first Fellowship in Family Planning in Canada

Dr. Brian Fitzsimmons, Medical Director of the Comprehensive Abortion & reproductive Education (CARE) Program at BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre, and Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of General Gynaecology & Obstetrics at the University of British Columbia, has successfully obtained a Fellowship in Family Planning opportunity for Vancouver.


This news is history in the making as the Fellowship is the first of its kind in Canada.  The Fellowship is coordinated by the Fellowship in Family Planning National Office housed in the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at the University of California San Francisco.  The Fellowship in Family Planning is a two-year fellowship focused on subspecialty training in research, teaching and clinical practice in abortion and contraception.  Candidates for the program will be able to start applying this summer for positions starting July 2016.  In addition to clinical training, fellows will be trained in research methodologies and epidemiology through the UBC School of Population health as they earn a Masters of Health Science or a Masters in Public Health.

This program extends the training already done through the Ryan Program in Family Planning which started 8 years ago.  UBC’s Ryan Program is one of only two such programs in Canada offering OB/GYN residents training in comprehensive family planning.

For more information about the Fellowship visit:

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