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The newly established GHDB supports and promotes basic science, translational and clinical research, and research training programs related to gynecologic health in women and adolescent girls. The Branch promotes research in gynecological health through grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts. The Branch portfolio emphasizes studies of the menstrual cycle, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome, pelvic floor disorders, and menopause transition/perimenopause, as well as studies of the mechanisms underlying chronic pelvic pain, vulvodynia, and dysmenorrhea. The Branch also supports research training and career development programs of investigators interested in women’s reproductive health. Within this program area, a focus of the Branch is to advance research into selected gynecologic health concerns by sponsoring research efforts on areas that have been either overlooked or underfunded, including reproductive health outcomes in minority women.
- Branch-supported research:
- Wei JT, Nygaard I, Richter HE, Nager CW, Barber MD, Kenton K, Amundsen CL, Schaffer J, Meikle SF, Spino C; Pelvic Floor Disorders Network. (2012). a midurethral sling to reduce incontinence after vaginal prolapse repair. NEJM, Jun 21;366(25), 2358-2367. PMID:22716974
- Nieman LK, Blocker W, Nansel T, Mahoney S, Reynolds J, Blithe D, Wesley R, Armstrong A. (2011). Efficacy and tolerability of CDB-2914 treatment for symptomatic uterine fibroids: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, phase IIb study. Fertil Steril. Feb;95(2), 767-772.e1-2. PMID: 21055739
- Richter HE, Burgio KL, Brubaker L, Nygaard IE, Ye W, Weidner A, Bradley CS, Handa VL, Borello-France D, Goode PS, Zyczynski H, Lukacz ES, Schaffer J, Barber M, Meikle S, Spino C; Pelvic Floor Disorders Network. (2010). Continence pessary compared with behavioral therapy or combined therapy for stress incontinence: a randomized controlled trial. Obstet Gynecol, Mar;115(3), 609-617. PMID:20177294
- Research Plan
- The NIH Research Plan on Vulovodynia lays out a scientific agenda for the NIH to conduct and gather rigorous scientific evidence needed to answer questions and fill in knowledge gaps about vulvodynia.
- Scientific Meetings, Conferences, and Events