Our faculty’s participation in clinical, basic, and translational science research provides our patients access to the most current and effective evidence-based diagnostics and treatments. On average, the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology holds more than 70 research grant awards each year. In addition, we are also involved in over 70 research grant applications each year.
The department has earned spots in 2 current national collaborative research networks, the Obstetric-Fetal Pharmacology Research Center (OPRC) Network and the Multicenter Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units Network (MFMU). Our Maternal-Fetal Pharmacology and Bio development Laboratories are perhaps unequaled in their range of specialties for investigating the interaction between therapeutic drugs and pregnancy. Of particular note, UTMB is home to three University Centers: The Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Women's Health, a university-wide organization funded by the National Institutes of Health to promote, stimulate, and support interdisciplinary research related to women’s health across the life span. The Obstetric-fetal Pharmacology Research Center, funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) to support specialized research to improve the safety and efficacy of medication use during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. The most recent addition is the Center for Violence Prevention, which was established to improve the health and well-being of individuals, couples, families, communities, and societies through the prevention of violence.
The research faculty in our department do incredible work regarding generating new knowledge and practice, and how that research impacts healthcare around the world. We continue to be at the forefront of innovative breakthroughs in healthcare and, despite drastic budget cuts in the past several years at the federal agency level. We continue to be at the top of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding lists for Obstetric and Gynecology departments around the country. In addition to the NIH, our investigators are funded by the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), federal agencies such as the Department of Justice, and numerous industry and foundation partners.