Programs and Units

Obstetrics and Gynecology Research and Training Programs

Research within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology reflects the diverse interests of the faculty and trainees. There is a rich distribution of basic and clinical studies within the department. Currently, we are involved in a number of exciting research projects that promise far-reaching effects, including projects with a focus on pelvic floor disorders, early pregnancy failures, obstetric emergencies, family planning, ovarian cancer, menopause, infertility, pelvic inflammatory disease, and global initiatives in Ghana, Ethiopia, and other parts of the world.   

Research Programs

The Obstetrics and Gynecology Program on Women's Health Care Effectiveness Research (PWHER) provides the infrastructure and skills necessary to conduct diverse research to evaluate quality, access, and cost of reproductive health care. The team has the expertise to conduct cost-effectiveness analysis, econometric analysis, epidemiologic studies, survey research, and outcomes measurements. Faculty in the HSR Group divide their time between teaching, mentorship, pursuing their individual research agenda, and departmental service. 

The Pelvic Floor Research Group (PFRG) is an internationally recognized research group working to improve the understanding and treatment of pelvic floor disorders. The group consists of an interdisciplinary set of investigators from the School of Medicine, Engineering, Nursing, Public Health, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Institute for Social Research, and Institute for Gerontology. The overall goal of PFRG is to identify risk factors for developing pelvic floor disorders, work with high-risk women to prevent them, and to provide the most effective and newest treatments for pelvic floor dysfunction.

The Reproductive Sciences Program (RSP) is a research and training unit composed of interdisciplinary faculty and students at the University of Michigan who have common interests in reproductive biology. Over the years, RSP has earned national and international reputations for excellence in research and training. Research within RSP integrates related areas including gonadal regulatory mechanisms, brain control of the reproductive system, reproductive development and aging, biological rhythms and seasonality, infertility, behavior, reproductive toxicology, stress and reproduction, and mathematical modeling of reproductive mechanisms.

The Program in Sexual Rights and Reproductive Justice (SRRJ) adds legal, ethical and societal content to the Department. Research is conducted on issues of women's rights and education is provided on these issues. For example, the group has published research on sterilization of developmentally disabled minors as well as the proposed "Personhood" laws. The SRRJ group is also working on issues in research with pregnant women, teach both a Women's Studies class and a UM Law School seminar on Reproductive Justice, consult with the law faculty in Kumasi, Ghana on women's rights classes and are working on an international conference on reproductive justice.

Training Programs

The goal of the Michigan BIRCWH Career Development Program is to develop a cadre of new junior faculty scholars through a mentored scholarly research experience leading to independent scientific careers addressing interdisciplinary women's health concerns. A minimum of three clinician scientists and two non-clinical postdoctoral scientists per year are trained. 

Scholars’ research is focused in four areas: 

1) Pelvic Floor/Urogynecology Research
2) Health Services Research
3) Reproductive Science and Women's Medicine
4) Biobehavioral and Aging Research.

The goal of the University of Michigan Women's Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) Program is to increase the number and effectiveness of obstetrician/gynecologist scientists through a departmental-based, multidisciplinary junior faculty development program. Targeted programmatic content are in the specific areas of: pelvic floor and urogynecology research, reproductive science biology, and reproductive and perinatal genetics. In this training program, three OB/Gyn clinician scientists per year are trained. The aim is to provide mentorship by well-established departmental faculty and affiliated faculty researchers in the basic sciences and clinical sciences supported by an extensive array of departmental and university research facilities.