The scope of our research seeks to understand a wide array of issues specific to women's health, including reproduction, heart disease and determinants of preterm delivery, among many others.
The Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine is researching determinants of preterm delivery, early placental tissue, safety in childbirth and maternal severe morbidity. Calvin J. Hobel, MD, is analyzing the links between psychosocial and prenatal stresses and preterm delivery. The division has established a bio-repository for chorionic villa sampling (CVS) procedures. Cedars-Sinai is the only institution in the nation that stores placental tissue from the first trimester, so our researchers can investigate the origins of diseases that affect babies and mothers at the earliest stages of pregnancy.
Kimberly D. Gregory, MD, MPH, has developed maternal quality of care indicators and linked vaginal birth after cesarean delivery policies on labor and delivery to birth outcomes. She continues to evaluate physician behavior and patient views of delivery as it impacts obstetric outcomes.
Led by Margareta D. Pisarska, MD, the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility is researching the process of ovulation to determine why some women experience early menopause. Specific areas of research involve oocyte development, infertility and abnormalities in reproductive endocrinology, fibroids and premature ovarian failure.
Sandra Orsulic, PhD, is working to understand the genetic and epigenetic changes that lead to the initiation and metastatic spread of ovarian cancer. She is generating suitable pre-clinical models for testing therapies that target specific biochemical pathways, and identifying recognizable histological or molecular markers that could be used for early cancer detection.
- Ovarian Cancer
- Reproductive Endocrinology & Fertility