Research

Stanford Medicine's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology research programs lie at the nexus of what is current and what is possible for women’s health.

  1. Our department’s basic scientists navigate complex biology from embryo development and reproductive endocrinology to ovarian cancer signaling. 
  2. Our translational research programs are transforming these discoveries into novel therapies and treatment strategies for reproductive, perinatal and regenerative medicine. 
  3. Our clinical researchers investigate health outcomes across lifespan and offer new treatment and research methodologies with the potential to transform the health outcomes of women and sexual and gender minorities.

Our discoveries are driven by compassion and innovation, with a longstanding history of practice-changing breakthroughs in reproductive & stem cell biology and women’s health. We were among the first to pioneer embryo cryopreservation methodology and frozen blastocyst biopsy, affording new possibilities in fertility preservation and treatment. Our research teams have applied the use of pluripotent stem cells to novel treatments including smooth muscle cell regeneration, and treatment for developmental syndromes. Our perinatologists were instrumental in the creation and application of Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing. Our Family Planning researchers have revolutionized the access and affordability of birth control options, working at a global scale.

We have the privilege of residing at the heart of Stanford University and Silicon Valley, affording us the capacity for unique research partnerships. We have active collaborators within Stanford's School of Medicine and across the University including:

Our Department is engaged in several national research collaborations including trials with George Washington University, University of Alabama, Baylor College of Medicine and the North American Fetal Therapy Network. Our physician scientists are uniquely poised to work with industry leaders to transform women’s health. Our location and collaborators precipitate diverse ideas and provide access to diverse populations, ensuring research that is truly interdisciplinary and innovative.

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