Research programs

Sexual and Reproductive Health Research programs

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


BC’s Ovarian Cancer Research Team:


The Perinatal Research IMaging Evaluation (PRIME) Centre 

PRIME is an imaging research facility dedicated to developing new technology and applications to benefit the health of mothers and babies. Pregnant women and newborns are two of the most vulnerable populations, and improving their health and saving their lives is a priority in Canada and world-wide. Ultrasound scans  among other imaging modalities are an important, non-invasive tool used to find possible health problems before and after birth.

For more information on research in PRIME please visit us here.


BC Women’s Complex Chronic Disease Program (CCDP)
The CCDP is a leader in providing inter-professional care to patients with complex and chronic diseases. Patients of the CCDP all have signs, symptoms or diagnosis of: patients with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities and symptoms attributed to Chronic Lyme Disease.  The CCDP is conducting research to: a) better characterize the population presenting for management of complex chronic disease and b) assess the effectiveness of the CCDP in improving patients’ outcomes over time.

Women’s Heart Health Clinic (WHHC)
The WHHC at BCW/VGH provides comprehensive care for women with heart disease, and those at risk of developing heart disease. The clinic is one of the only centers in Canada dedicated to prevention and treatment of heart disease in women. The clinic covers all aspects of heart health care including diagnostics, therapeutics, risk reduction and lifestyle coaching. The Women’s Heart Health Clinic is currently running a research study to investigate whether gender specific care has an impact on outcome for women with a range of different cardiac conditions.

BC Women’s Centre for Pelvic Pain and Endometriosis
The Centre for Pelvic Pain and Endometriosis is actively involved in research through the UBC Endometriosis Pelvic Pain Laboratory to improve the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of chronic pelvic pain and endometriosis.  Our portfolio includes the Endometriosis Pelvic Pain Interdisciplinary Cohort Data Registry to evaluate treatment options for reducing pelvic pain and improving quality of life.  We also manage the Endometriosis and Oncogenesis Tissue Bank which focuses on gene sequencing in endometriosis, the understanding the role of nervous tissue in chronic pelvic pain and the associations between endometriosis and ovarian cancer.  Lastly, we are committed to working directly with patients through the Endometriosis Patient Research Advisory Board and ensuring research knowledge is translated into a format that is meaningful for patients and care teams.  Our current initiative, the Sex, Pain & Endometriosis website ( seeks to provide a safe space to learn about painful sex, find treatment options and resources.