New health research centre opens at Lois Hole Hospital for Women

    A newly opened research centre at the Lois Hole Hospital for Women provides a place where clinicians, researchers and patients can work together to improve patient outcomes.

    By Shelby Soke on September 15, 2019

    Research teams at the Lois Hole Hospital Women’s Research Centre will study health issues affecting women of all ages and stages of life, including high-risk pregnancy and reproductive health, mental health, urogynecology, mature women’s health and ovarian and gynecological cancer.

    “Women are often underrepresented in research. This centre will contribute, in a significant way, to the correction of this imbalance,” said Sandra Davidge, executive director of the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute (WCHRI); Distinguished University Professor, professor of obstetrics and gynecology and physiology; and Canada Research Chair in Maternal and Perinatal Cardiovascular Health.

    The new research centre was made possible with a $1-million donation from supporters of the Lois Hole Hospital for Women through the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation. The U of A’s Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry matched the donation with an additional $1 million and further support was provided by Alberta Health Services and WCHRI.

    “To be a leading women’s hospital, our donors understand that outstanding clinical care is shaped by ongoing research,” said Andrew Otway, president and CEO of the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation.