Women deserve better health care, and that starts with better research and understanding the unique health challenges women experience.
The scientists and physicians at the Institute for Women’s Health Research (IWHR) conduct innovative research to aid the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of major diseases that affect women. Our work has resulted in groundbreaking advances that save lives and improve quality of life for women in Missouri and beyond.
Our team investigates the following areas:
- The developmental origins of health and disease. The health of a woman’s pregnancy is a major determinant in the lifelong health of her children and grandchildren. We are working to identify the developmental origins of health and disease to improve the well-being of future generations.
- Pregnancy as a window into a woman’s future health. Many obstetric complications — such as gestational hypertension, pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes — increase a woman’s risk of health issues in the future. Our researchers are focused on advancing the prevention and treatment of common pregnancy complications.
- Fertility and reproductive disorders. Our investigators also study reproductive processes and disorders of the reproductive tract with the goal of reducing the pain, emotional distress and financial burden of conditions such as endometriosis and infertility.
- Reproductive cancers. Our team is studying reproductive tract malignancies — such as cervical, endometrial and ovarian cancers — to advance the prevention and treatment of these conditions.
- Pelvic floor disorders. We are researching pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, defecatory dysfunction, sexual dysfunction, voiding dysfunction and other common pelvic floor disorders with the goal of advancing treatments.
- Placental development. Pregnancy begins with the interaction of the uterus and embryo to form a placenta. Our team is working to improve fertility rates, reduce pregnancy losses and prevent pregnancy disorders like pre-eclampsia by understanding how a healthy placenta forms.