The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has a strong commitment to basic, translational, and clinical research.
UW Women's Health Initiative
The University of Wisconsin-Madison Women's Health Initiative Clinical Center in Middleton is one of 40 sites selected by the
National Institute of Health to participate in a nation wide study of women's health. This study is focusing on strategies for
preventing heart disease, breast and colorectal cancer and osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. These chronic diseases are the
major causes of death, disability and frailty in older women. It is the goal of the Women's Health Initiative to include a diversity
of American women. There are over 3500 participants, ages 50 - 79 enrolled at the Middleton site. For more information please call
toll free at (800) 944-9472 or locally at (608) 827-1600. Visit Division of Gynecology Oncology
The Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
The Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine engages in ongoing clinical research focusing on prenatal diagnosis (both in the first and
second trimesters), and medical diseases of pregnancy. We are the lead center in two studies sponsored by the FDA: One evaluating
the use of labetalol (an anti-hypertensive), and the other evaluating specific antibiotics during pregnancy. Other research related
to hypertension focuses on the role of different enzymes in preeclampsia and the possible role of nitrous oxide donors in preventing
hypertensive diseases in pregnancy. Some other investigations include the use of ultrasound (both 2D and 3D) in the first-trimester
diagnosis of genetic or structural problems. Outcomes of diabetic pregnancies after treatment with different types of medical regimens
are also under investigation.