Our Ongoing Research

Projects supported by the Division of Research in OBGYN include basic science, translational, clinical, public health, quality improvement and medical education research, which reflect the diversity of interests, expertise and skills in our Department.

Fostering Research Careers

In particular, we aim to foster and advance the research endeavors of residents, fellows and junior faculty. The existence of such extensive research support services within a clinical department is highly unusual. It is recognized as a considerable asset, particularly by residents and fellows, as they are actively engaged in research.

Residents and fellows routinely present their projects at regional, national and international meetings and publish in peer-reviewed journals. Study designs include prospective and retrospective observational studies, randomized controlled trials, mixed-methods surveys and experimental animal models. The academic year culminates with the Department’s Resident Research Day and the presentation of fellow thesis projects at Grand Rounds.

Collaborating Locally and Globally

Our collaborative efforts with other departments and institutions have advanced research and increased our understanding of disease and the delivery of healthcare.

For example, our faculty took the lead in a collaboration with departments throughout BIDMC to establish the BIDMC COVID-19 Tissue and Data Biorepository, which has resulted in multiple published collaborations and created a source of specimens that have been utilized by investigators within BIDMC and at other institutions in Boston. In collaboration with the BIDMC Center for Virology and Vaccine Research, our faculty have generated important data regarding the immune response to SARS-CoV-2 in pregnancy.

We also place special emphasis on epidemiology and health policy as it relates to obstetric and gynecologic care of minority populations, both locally and internationally. In this work, careful attention is paid to the role that structural inequities play in shaping health outcomes.

Locally, we partner with community health centers to conduct community-based participatory research that engages key stakeholders throughout the research process.

Current projects include:

  • An intervention study to evaluate the use of doulas throughout pregnancy and during delivery
  • A mixed-methods study to quantify financial toxicity from ovarian cancer treatment
  • A study to better understand microaggressions in the healthcare environment

Internationally, we collaborate with academic, governmental and nongovernmental partners to broaden our understanding of gender-based needs in humanitarian and conflict settings.

Other global health projects include:

  • A study in Ghana to evaluate the role of cooking smoke on perinatal outcomes
  • Work in Botswana to develop an optimal algorithm for HPV and cervical cancer screening