Mission statement

The mission of the Center for Research on Reproduction & Women’s Health (CRRWH) at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania is to advance the fields of reproduction and women’s health through (1) interdisciplinary research and training in basic, translational and clinical investigation and (2) promotion of the well being of women through the study of gender-specific biology and female-specific health and disease.

Utilizing team science, the investigators of the Center aim to:

  • Understand the pathophysiology and health sequelae, and develop treatments for conditions of public health importance such as menopause, endometriosis, fibroids, polycystic ovary syndrome and obesity, urinary incontinence and gynecologic cancers.
  • Increase our understanding of human reproduction through the study of male and female infertility, fertility regulation, pregnancy and pregnancy outcomes.
  • Expand our basic knowledge of the developmental origins of neonatal, pediatric and adult health and disease through the study of pre-implantation and in utero development.
  • Unravel the complex disease states that adversely affect maternal and child health and test interventions to reduce maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality.

Activities in the Center cut across basic science and clinical disciplines in accordance with contemporary views of women’s health, which hold that these involve much more than gynecological issues.  This multidisciplinary biomedical research enterprise is composed of faculty from the departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pharmacology, Pathology, Medicine, Cell and Developmental Biology, Genetics, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Clinical Studies and Animal Biology (School of Veterinary Medicine) and Biology (School of Arts and Sciences).

Please browse our website and learn about our long-standing commitment to improving reproductive and women's health through basic and clinical research.