University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences

investigation

Reproductive Sciences

The Division of Reproductive Sciences is involved in a number of research projects in the areas of pregnancy-induced hemodynamic and vascular adaptations (Drs. Bernstein, Gokina, and Osol) and maternal-fetal immunology (Dr. Bonney). Our research is largely supported by extramural funding from the National Institutes of Health, and our Department is ranked in the upper third of all Ob/Gyn departments in U.S. medical schools in terms of research funding (approximately $1.8 million in 2006).

In addition to fulfilling its research mission of generating new biomedical information relevant to women's health, our Division is actively involved in education by hosting Fellows from the Maternal Fetal Medicine and Reproductive Endocrinology programs, and providing laboratory space, equipment and supplies for carrying out research.

Our Department facilitates research through internal funding on a competitive basis, and encourages research rotations on the part of medical students and undergraduates. Post-doctoral positions are available based on funding in individual laboratories, and graduate students from several UVM programs (e.g. Physiology, Pharmacology, Molecular and Cell Biology) have chosen our faculty as research advisors, and have carried out their thesis projects in our laboratories. Additional information on research activity can be found in associated web pages on this web site, including a list of faculty research interests.

Education

The Division of Reproductive Investigation provides the unique opportunity for physicians and scientists to collaborate in the study of reproductive medicine. Graduate students and post-doctoral fellows work side by side with clinical fellows to integrate basic and clinical science in all postgraduate training. Opportunities for post-doctoral research are contingent upon funding and availability. Interested parties should direct their inquiries directly to the principal investigator(s) whose area of interest complements their own. Please contact Dr. Elizabeth Bonney for more information about post-doc research opportunities.

Patient Care

Our department is actively engaged in clinical research and studies are conducted at our affiliate site, Fletcher Allen Health Care (FAHC). Original investigations are initiated by faculty as well as participation in national Phase III trials. Techniques used include the following: Color Doppler ultrasonography, DEXA scans, abdominal CT scans, euglycemic clamps, activity surveys, laparoscopic ovarian diathermy.

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