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The Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) has NIH, extramural, industry, and departmentally funded basic-research investigations. Our research includes:

  • Novel drug delivery systems for ovarian cancer and other gynecological applications (C. Matthew Peterson, MD),
    the genetics of male infertility (Douglas Carrell, MD),
    mechanisms of ovulation and luteal function (Gibson),
    Hox gene expression and its effects on uterine development and function (Mario Capecchi, PhD),
    obesity and infertility (Ahmad O. Hammoud, MD, MPH),
    menopause (Jones),
    and outcomes of IVF (UCRM). 

We encourage collaborative projects; potential collaborators are encouraged to contact the primary investigators.

Research in Genetics

In collaboration with the Division of Andrology, the division and the Department of Human Genetics have an ongoing genetic repository for the study of heritable factors associated with subfertile and infertile families (Genetic Determinants of Infertility-Utah Registry of Infertility Studies).

Collaborative Research Projects

Suggestions for potential collaborative projects should be sent to Dr. Peterson, Carrell, or Gibson. The research coordination board will assess projects and notify applicants regarding the feasibility of proposed studies.

Clinical Trials

The department conducts numerous clinical trials at various times. Clinical trials include assessments of medications for:

  • Endometriosis,
  • chronic pelvic pain,
  • infertility,
  • in vitro fertilization,
  • hormone replacement,
  • menopause,
  • and osteoporosis.

Additionally, investigational device studies are also available to interested individuals.