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.

Shelby Soke - 15 September 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.