The members of the Division of Reproductive Sciences (DRS) conduct translational or basic research with medical students, residents, clinical fellows or pre– and post–doctoral research fellows. To facilitate professional training and learning opportunities the DRS offers several programs that are designed to meet the needs and interests of all members. Areas of special emphasis includes reproductive immunology, oncology, hemostasis, angiogenesis, and neurophysiology, as well as fertility preservation and restoration, predicting and preventing pregnancy complications, developing novel contraceptives, and studies in reproductive endocrinology.

Clinical Information

Students, physicians, and other trainees who come to the Department to participate in research often ask if they can observe in the clinical setting. The Hospital has special policies in place for all people in the clinical setting. Observers may observe for a total of 3 days; they must register with the YNHH Volunteer Office, designate who their clinical attending supervisor will be, complete all required online training including patient privacy and infection control, and provide evidence of required immunizations. The observer must remain with their supervising attending while in the clinical setting, and they must maintain an observational status only. They should not participate in interviews, physical examination, or procedures. Observers do not have malpractice coverage in the clinical setting.

For an experience of longer duration:

Medical students may formally apply to do clinical electives for credit of one month duration each through Yale School of Medicine

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Domestic: Contact VSAS Coordinator, Lorraine Roseman

International: Contact Nickia Corley Residents from select partner institutions may apply to do visiting rotations for credit through the House Staff Office and appropriate department

OB/GYN: Contact Patti Johnson, and physicians may apply for one month observerships through the Department of OB/GYN and Physician Services (Medical Staff Office)

The Division of Reproductive Sciences engages in, oversees and provides support to clinical research endeavors across the disciplines within the specialty of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Gynecologic Oncology, Maternal Fetal Medicine and Reproductive Endocrinology). The department has an active clinical research portfolio with various faculty, research associates, fellows and resident’s being engaged in a broad array of clinical projects that range from intervention clinical trials, to observational and translational studies. A recent initiative at establishing a biological sample repository offers particularly exciting opportunities for clinical research. Opportunities for engaging in global research experience are additionally available, and the division offers guidance and support in facilitating procurement of institutional approvals that are requisite for the conduct of clinical research.

Lubna Pal, MBBS, MRCOG (UK), MSc. Dr. Pal is an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences. She is the Director of Program for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and Program for Menopause at Yale Reproductive Endocrinology. In addition to a busy clinical practice that focuses on the breadth of reproductive endocrinology including infertility, menstrual abnormalities, hormonal imbalance, polycystic ovary syndrome, and issues of reproductive aging including menopause and skeletal health, Dr. Pal has an active clinical research portfolio. Some of the ongoing clinical research projects that Dr. Pal is spearheading within the department include: 1) Understanding relevance of vitamin D for reproductive biology and fertility treatment success; 2) Study of endometrial effects of metformin in women with polycystic ovary syndrome; 3) Understanding population perspective and awareness regarding efficacy and acceptability of HPV vaccination in the Pakistani community; 4) Ecological determinants of fertility treatment success; 6) Study of a relationship between two distinct aging related physical phenomenon - skin wrinkling and bone mass loss.

As the Associate Director of Education for the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, Dr. Pal has a particular interest in teaching and has mentored a broad range of trainees that have ranged from high school students, to undergraduates, to medical students, residents and fellows. As visiting faculty at the Dow University of Health Sciences in Karachi, Pakistan, she additionally serves as a resource for Pakistani postgraduates, clinicians and researchers working in the field of Women’s Health. Dr. Pal is a recipient of multiple awards for clinical excellence, teaching and for clinical research, has published in numerous scientific journals, is on the editorial board of reputable peer review journals in the field and is recognized nationally and internationally for her work in the field of reproductive health.

Division of Reproductive Sciences Seminars

The Division of Reproductive Sciences Seminars are held on Tuesday afternoons, between 12:00pm – 1:00pm, in Conference Room FMB340, Cedar Street. To see the details of the upcoming Seminars, please visit the Department’s web calendar.

2015 Seminars:

  • January 14, 2015 - TIME: 4:00pm - 5:00pm 
       Speaker, Dr. Frank Gonzalez; Host, Dr. Hugh Taylor  
       Seminar Title: Impact of Nutrient-Induced Inflammation on Insulin Resistance, Atherogenesis and Ovarian Dysfunction in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
  • February 18, 2015 
     Speaker, Dr. Steven Pincus; Host, Dr. Gil Mor   
     Seminar Title: Quantifying Subtle Changes in Patterns of Fetal Heart Rates, Hormonal Rhythms, and Cellular Dynamics: How To Do It, And Why You Should Care
  • March 18, 2015
    Speaker, Dr. Andrew Goodman; Host, Dr. Radek Bukowski   
    Seminar Title: A Possible Role for the Gut Microbiota in Prenatal Development
  • April 15, 2015
    Speaker, Dr. Indira Mysorekar; Host, Dr. Gil Mor   
    Seminar Title: Microbial Interactions in the Placenta: Implications for Parturition and Preterm Birth
  • May 13, 2015
    Speaker, Dr. Gunter Wagner; Host, Dr. Hugh Taylor   
    Seminar Title: The Evolution of Cervical Remodeling: From Phylogeny To Potential Clinical Implications
  • June 17, 2015
    Speaker, Dr. Joanne Kwak-Kim; Host, Dr. Vikki Abrahams   
    Seminar Title: Inflammatory Immune Responses In Recurrent Pregnancy Losses and Immune Regulatory Role of Vitamin D
  • July 15, 2015 - Hal Behrman Memorial Lecture 
    Speaker, Dr. Eli Adashi; Host, Department of Ob/Gyn   
    Seminar Title: Mitochondrial (Genome) Replacement Therapy: The Harbinger of All Things Future 
  • August 10, 2015 - MONDAY 
    Speaker, Dr. Jennifer Culhane; Host, Dr. Radek Bukowski   
    Seminar Title: Do Inter-Conception Interventions Reduce the Rate of Repeat Preterm Birth: Findings from the Philadelphia Preterm Prevention Project
  • September, 2015
    No Seminar
  • October 14, 2015 - Ellen Leeds Read Sturges Lecture  (4:00-5:00pm, BML-131 Brady Auditorium/310 Cedar Street)
    Speaker, Dr. Gil Mor; Host, Department of Ob/Gyn  
    Seminar Title: The Origin of Ovarian Cancer and Cancer Stem Cells as the Source of Chemoresistance and Recurrence
  • November 19, 2015
    No Seminar
  • December 16, 2015
    Speaker, Dr. Akiko Iwasaki; Host, Dr. Sabrina Diano  
    Seminar Title: Antiviral Immunity in the Lower Female Reproductive Tract

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