Key Areas of Research Activity

Research in the Reproduction & Healthy Pregnancy program involves reproduction across the lifespan including:

  • Reproductive endocrine and ovarian function in relation to ovulation, fertility, sex hormone-dependent cancers and the menopause
  • Normal and abnormal pregnancy from the genetic and cellular processes involved in implantation and placentation to the role of maternal physiological and psychological health on fetal development and pregnancy outcome.

Specific Areas of Research

Each principal investigator in the Reproduction & Healthy Pregnancy cluster has their own specific areas of research. 

This includes:

  • Molecular and chromosomal mechanisms involved in pre- and post-implantation pregnancy failure, intrauterine growth restriction and congenital malformations
  • Molecular mechanisms and cell biology of placental trophoblast differentiation and migration
  • Etiology, pathogenesis and treatment of pre-eclampsia
  • Maternal-fetal drug disposition and effects
  • Endocrine and molecular mechanisms involved in ovarian function and reproduction
  • Maternal and infant consequences of and treatment method for clinical depression during pregnancy, and the postpartum period
  • Health issues related to female reproductive status including osteoporosis, menopause and cancer