Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Improving women and infant health through world-leading research
UWA’s Division of Obstetrics and Gynaecology covers research embracing women’s health and the health of infants before, during and after birth. Our work looks at a range of reproductive health and birth issues, from prevention of pre-term birth, through to the prediction and prevention of perinatal congenital anomalies and the diagnosis and treatment of gynaecological cancers.
Obstetrics specialist areas:
- Developmental origins of child and adult disease
- Fetal medicine and surgery
- Prevention of preterm birth (The Whole Nine Months)
- Use of 'omics' to identify women at risk of developing pregnancy complications
- Inflammation-associated preterm labour
- Vaginal microbial health and its significance
- Drug administration, efficacy and safety in pregnancy
- Prenatal diagnosis
- Fetal health and disease using the sheep model
- Intrapartum care
- The microbiome in pregnancy and early life
Our research into gynaecology covers a range of specialist topics including fertility and menopause.
Gynaecology specialist areas:
- Gynaecological cancers
- Adolescent gynaecology
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome
- Reproductive endocrinology
- Surgical training
- Abnormal uterine bleeding
- Endometrial ablation
- Endometrial polyps and dysfunctional uterine bleeding
- Simulation training in obstetrics and gynaecology
- Traceback: Finding BRCA1 and BRCA2
- Blood-based biomarkers to predict recurrence in ovarian cancer
- feMMe Trial
- Artificial wombs for premature babies
- Infection, inflammation and pregnancy outcomes
- Optimising steroid use in pregnancy
- The Western Australian Preterm Birth Prevention Initiative
- The Western Australian Pregnancy Biobank
Landmark WA gene hunt could save thousands of people
Perth doctors are playing a key role in a remarkable gene hunt which could reveal thousands of unsuspecting women and men at high risk of breast, ovarian and prostate cancers.Read more
Artificial womb keeps lambs alive, raising hope for premies
In a paper published this week in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, researchers affiliated with The University of Western Australia report that they have incubated premature baby lambs in a uterus-like environment for seven days, allowing the lambs to grow without the adverse effects of a preterm birth.Read more
New test could reduce the preterm birth rate
Researchers at UWA and King Edward Memorial Hospital have teamed up with an Australian molecular diagnostics company to develop a new low-cost test to identify women at risk of delivering a preterm baby.Read more
Frozen embryos more successful for conceiving during IVF
A new study carried out by a research team at The University of Western Australia and Fertility Specialists of Western Australia has found that women undergoing IVF who have had embryos fail to implant have more success using frozen ones than fresh ones.Read more
Women to gain from new cancer treatment
WA women with endometrial cancer are taking part in the Australian trial of a treatment that can delay the need for radical surgery. A trial known as the Femme study is looking at treatment combinations, including a hormone-releasing intra-uterine device, the diabetes drug metformin and a weight loss program.Read more
Groundbreaking research could help millions of babies
Millions of premature babies worldwide could benefit from a groundbreaking WA study that has tweaked the use of steroids in pregnant women to make it safer for their unborn babies. Researchers from the Women and Infants Research Foundation have found a way to dramatically reduce the amount of steroids women need to ‘fast-charge’ the lungs of babies expected to be born too early.Read more
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Centre for Neonatal Research and Education
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Neonatal cardiorespiratory physiology
Our neonatal cardiorespiratory physiology research looks at understanding the hearts and lungs of premature babies.