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Clinical Research

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology


Faculty are actively engaged in research in the following areas:

Susan Davidson, M.D., Associate Professor

  • Clinical trials for ovarian, uterine & cervical cancer
  • Cancer screening 

Funding is provided by the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology and the National Cancer Institute

For more information, contact Ms. Nancy McKee at (303) 724-2040

Jill K. Davies, M.D., Assistant Professor

  • Perinatal infectious disease
  • Ultrasound
  • Antiphospholipid antibody syndrome
  • Hypertension in pregnancy

For more information, contract Ms. Jane Berg at (303) 724-2032

Karlotta M. Davis, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor

  • Urinary incontinence
  • Pelvic organ prolapse

For further information regarding any of these research projects, contact Ms. Melissa Lorenzo at (303) 724-2038

Henry L. Galan, M.D., Associate Professor

  • Comprehensive study of twins conceived through assisted reproductive methods and those spontaneously conceived
  • An in-depth ultrasound evaluation of the cervix in patients with the history of preterm labor
  • Investigation in the fetal lamb of methods to diagnosis and treat growth restriction
  • In utero gene therapy for cystic fibrosis in the fetal lamb

Research is currently funded by a grant from the NIH.

For more information regarding Dr. Galan's research projects, please contact Ms. Jane Berg at (303) 724-2032..

Ronald S. Gibbs, M.D., Professor

  • Maternal and perinatal infectious diseases
  • Preterm labor and delivery
  • Chorioamnioniitis
  • Gene expression of cytokines produced in response to chronic infections
  • Clinical/operative obstetrics
  • Medical complications of pregnancy

For more information, please contact Dr. Gibbs' office at (303) 724-2041.

John C. Hobbins, M.D., Professor

  • Investigation of outcome in infants displaying enlarged renal collecting systems in utero
  • Comparison of estimated fetal weights in infants/fetuses at high altitude with those from sea level populations
  • Comprehensive study to detect early in pregnancy which twins will deliver early and/or be complicated by fetal growth restriction 
  • Evaluation of data from nine centers involving second trimester fetuses with trisomy 21
  • An in-depth ultrasound evaluation of the cervix in patients with the history of preterm labor
  • Correlation between doppler evaluation of the fetal circulation and growth restriction fetuses and placental pathology
  • Doppler investigation of growth restricted pregnancies and correlation with neonatal outcomes
  • First trimester prenatal diagnosis as a tool to supplant current methods of second trimester prenatal diagnosis
  • Comparison of in utero ultrasound findings in fetuses exposed to alcohol with infant neurological competence
  • Investigation in the fetal lamb of methods to diagnosis and treat growth restriction
  • In utero gene therapy for cystic fibrosis in the fetal lamb


For more information about Dr. Hobbins' research interests, please contact Ms. Jane Berg at (303) 724-2032.

Stephen M. Scott, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., Associate Professor 

  • Cervical Changes in Adolescents
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome in the Adolescent

For more information concerning Dr. Scott's research projects, please contact the Ms. Alene Sedillo at (303) 724-2034.

John C. Slocumb, M.D., S.M.H., F.A.C.O.G., Clinical Professor

  • Neurometric Assessment of Pelvic and Vulvar Pain Syndromes
  • Electro-Hysterographic Study of Pelvic Pain
  • Evaluation of Electro-Magnetic Diapulse Therapy for Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Role of micro laparoscopy and conscious sedation in the evaluation of pelvic pain
  • The role of botulism toxin in vulvodynia
  • Viral causes of pelvic pain

For further information regarding any of these research projects, contact: Ms. Alene Sedillo at (303) 724-2034.

L. Chesney Thompson, M.D., Associate Professor

  • Telomerase: Early Detection of Cervical Cancer
  • ASCUS: Abnormal Pap

For further information regarding any of these research projects, contact Ms. Melissa Lorenzo at (303) 724-2038

 

CURRENT CLINICAL TRIALS, RESEARCH AND STUDIES

The faculty of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology conduct clinical trials of new drugs or treatment design to help develop advances in medicine that will deliver more effective treatment to patients with infertility, complications of pregnancy, cancer and menopause.  

By participating in a study, participants have access to promising new drugs or treatments, and the expertise of a physician trained in treating the particular disease.  You will receive expert medical care and be carefully monitored throughout the trial.  While there are risks involved with your treatment, you will have an opportunity to learn about the study and these associated risks and to ask questions before agreeing to participate.

All studies are conducted under the review and direction of the Colorado Multiple Institutional Review Board, or an equivalent review board, which oversees and monitors the study.  There is a rigorous review process before a study can be open to enrollment.  In addition, there are study sponsors, such as the National Institutes of Health and the Gynecologic Oncology Group, which sponsor trials that have enrollment locations throughout the nation.  Our physicians participate with these groups to bring these studies to you.

There are specific enrollment requirements for each study which include age, type and stage of disease.  Your previous treatments are also important in determining eligibility. 

Our subspecialty trained physicians are currently is enrolling patients in the following studies. If you are under the care of one of our physicians, they will be able to inform you of any studies for which you are eligible.  For more information about these studies, and to find out if you are eligible to participate, please select the study number shown in blue.