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The Ottawa Hospital is conducting cutting-edge research to improve our understanding of infertility and develop better treatments. This page includes selected news stories about our research on infertility and reproduction, links to researchers working in this area and related resources. Learn more below.

Research News

The Ottawa Hospital awarded 18 research grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, worth $10.7 million
May 19, 2017 - Eighteen research groups at The Ottawa Hospital, affiliated with the University of Ottawa, have been awarded nearly $11 million in the most recent project grant competition from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). This represents a suc
Research sheds light on how testosterone regulates female reproduction
April 7, 2017 - Androgens such as testosterone are best known for promoting the development of the male reproductive system, as well as muscles and body hair. Androgens are also present in women and play a role in female reproduction and infertility, but the exact m
Putrescine water doubles fertility in aging females
June 24, 2015 - New research led by Dr. Johné Liu shows that drinking water supplemented with putrescine can turn back the biological clock in aging female mice and help them have more babies. Putrescine is a naturally occurring small compound produced in many tissu
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Name Scientific appointment Diseases, conditions and populations of interest Research and clinical approaches
Baltz, Jay
Senior Scientist
(Chronic Disease)
Infertility Molecular and cellular biology
Liu, Johné
Senior Scientist
(Chronic Disease)
Aging, Cancer, Infertility, Maternal and fetal health, Pregnancy, Women's health Basic research, Clinical research, Clinical trials, Disease models, Drug development, Translational research
Tanphaichitr, Nongnuj
Emeritus Scientist
(Chronic Disease)
HIV, Infectious disease, Infertility, Men's health, Sexually transmitted infections, Women's health Basic research, Contraceptive development, Drug development, Imaging, Lipidomics, Molecular and cellular biology, Proteomics
Tsang, Benjamin
Senior Scientist Emeritus
(Chronic Disease)
Infertility, Ovarian cancer Artificial intelligence and data science, Basic research, Translational research
Vanderhyden, Barbara
Senior Scientist
(Cancer Therapeutics)
Cancer, Infertility, Ovarian cancer, Women's health Basic research, Bioinformatics, Biomarkers, Cancer biotherapeutics, Disease models, Drug development, Epigenetics, Gene expression, Genomics, Immunotherapy, Model organisms, Molecular and cellular biology, Oncolytic viruses, Stem cells, Transgenic/knockout models, Translational research, Viral therapy
Walker, Mark
Senior Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Global health, Health equity, Infertility, Maternal and fetal health, Newborn and child health, Population health, Pregnancy, Women's health Clinical research, Clinical trials, Cluster randomized trials, Cohort studies, Epidemiology, Health economics, Health promotion, Health research methods, Health services research, Knowledge translation and implementation research, Pragmatic trials, Prevention, Public health, Quality Improvement, Rapid reviews, Risk assessment, Surveys, Systematic reviews