This program area supports research, research training, and career development opportunities focused on the physiology and pathophysiology of human female reproduction, including the etiology, prevention, and treatment aspects of benign gynecological diseases and disorders and other aspects of reproductive health.
Basic, translational, and clinical studies in this portfolio address female reproductive tract development and regulation. Examples of research topic areas covered by this program include endometriosis, leiomyomata uteri (uterine fibroids), and female sexual function and dysfunction.
Special emphasis areas include chronic pelvic pain, including vulvodynia, polycystic ovary syndrome, and disparities in the incidence of gynecological diseases and disorders across various socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic populations. Clinical studies and clinical trials investigating safety and efficacy of treatment and management strategies of gynecological conditions are focal points of this portfolio.