Contraception Access Research Team
In addition to the various sexual and reproductive health research studies, there is also a large program of research dedicated led by Dr. Wendy Norman called the Contraception Access Research Team (CART). CART is a national, interdisciplinary, cross-sectoral collaboration performing research to support health services and policies to ensure equitable access to high-quality family planning knowledge, methods and services for women and families throughout Canada. This research program involves innovation end-users (health professionals, health system leaders, and an advisory board of citizens) in problem identification, prioritization, and research design leading to facilitated uptake of solutions. Evidence generated from the CART research has been used to increase the knowledge base for equitable quality of care, as well as to be translated into strategies and policies suitable for the needs and conditions of the end-users with the goal of reducing undesirable reproductive health outcomes experienced by vulnerable populations
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UBC Sexual Health Research (UBC SHR)
UBC Sexual Health Research (UBC SHR) focuses on clinical and behavioural research in women’s sexual health, including sexual difficulties, discrepancies, and distress. Their research aims to develop and test psychological interventions for the management of genital pain and low sexual desire causing significant personal distress. They also examine different aspects of sexual orientation, including asexuality. Dr. Lori Brotto and colleagues have published landmark studies differentiating asexuality from sexual dysfunction. This and their current line of research are aimed at exploring the neural and biological correlates of asexuality as a unique sexual orientation. Sexuality is an integral aspect of well-being and strongly influences relationship happiness. However, too often individual, relational, environmental, political, cultural, and medical factors get in the way of healthy sexuality. Their driving goal is to identify and mitigate these forces so as to cultivate each woman’s own human sexual potential.
Learn more about UBC SHR.