Welcome to the CRRWH
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.
CRRWH Faculty News
Study Finds Higher Rates of Cardiovascular Complications Among Pregnant Women Living in States with Most Restrictive Abortion Policies
Friday, November 3, 2023
"Penn Medicine research signals that states with tighter restraints on abortion may be tied to higher maternal morbidity and mortality, the effects of which may extend beyond pregnancy." - Matt Toal for Penn Medicine News
National Academy of Medicine elects five new members from Penn
Monday, October 9, 2023
"Kurt T. Barnhart, Christopher B. Forrest, Susan L. Furth, Desmond Upton Patton, and Robert H. Vonderheide are among 100 new Academy members elected this year, one of the highest honors in health and medicine." - Amanda Mott for Penn Today
Penn and CHOP Researchers Receive $50 Million in NIH Grant to Study Impact on Environmental Factors on Pregnancy and Children’s Health
Thursday, October 5, 2023
"The Penn-CHOP ECHO program will enroll patients at Penn Medicine during pregnancy and follow the infants into childhood at CHOP." - Alex Gardner for Penn Medicine News