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The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology was founded in 1949 at the University of Colorado.

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Clinical and Basic Research in the Department of OB/GYN

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. 

For more information about these studies, and to find out if you are eligible to participate, please select the link below an you be redirected to the University of Colorado Clinical Trials.

You can search for specific diseases or conditions (e.g. p​regnancy) in the Clinical Trials list (the page takes a few seconds to load due to the quantity of trials).

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Disorders of the reproductive system can have a lifelong impact on the health of women and their offspring.  The Division of Basic Reproductive Sciences is dedicated to furthering understanding of reproductive biology and women’s cancers by investigating reproductive function at the molecular, cellular and organismic levels and to fostering educational development of basic and clinical scientists in the areas of reproductive biology, obstetrics and gynecology, and women's health in general. 

Research opportunities within the Division include projects related to molecular and cellular biology of breast, endometrial and ovarian cancers; developmental regulation of placental and mammary gland functions; effects of obesity on reproductive functions; biomechanical properties of reproductive organs; hormonal regulation of menarche and menopause; and disorders of pregnancy. ​More information is available on our Division of Basic Reproductive Science​ page