Active Studies

Call for patient partners – 'Pathways to Preeclampsia' patient advisory group

Pregnant womanHave you ever experienced preeclampsia or another hypertensive disorder of pregnancy (HDP)? We’d like to hear from you!
The Preeclampsia Foundation and PRE-EMPT research team at UBC are looking for six people with lived experience of preeclampsia (or other HDP) to take part in the ‘Pathways to Preeclampsia’ patient advisory group. Your experience matters and will help to inform future guidelines and people at risk.
For more information, and to apply now, please visit our project page or contact Kelly Pickerill, Research Coordinator, at

The Preeclampsia Registry – control group participants needed

Did you know that preeclampsia is the leading cause of maternal mortality and preterm birth? You can help with preeclampsia research without having experienced a hypertensive disorder during pregnancy. The Preeclampsia Registry is currently recruiting women to serve as controls – your “normal” pregnancy will benefit researchers dedicated to helping women have healthy pregnancies without long-term consequences.

Learn more about the Preeclampsia Registry.

Methionine in pregnancy study

Researchers at BC Children's hospital are looking for pregnant women to participate in a nutrition study to determine methionine requirements during pregnancy. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Methionine, an amino acid found in the food we eat, is essential for the health of a growing fetus and positive birth outcomes.

Learn more about the methionine in pregnancy study on the Elango Lab website.

Oral probiotics in pregnancy to reduce Group B Streptococcus colonization (OPSiP)

Group B streptococcus (GBS) is a type of bacteria that is often found in parts of the body and although it is usually harmless, if GBS is passed to a baby during labour and delivery, it can make them very ill. Researchers are inviting healthy women who are less than 25 weeks pregnant with one baby to participate in their study to investigate if taking probiotics in pregnancy will prevent GBS colonization.

Learn more about the OPSiP Study.

Lab, Project & Program Websites

Visit the website below to learn more about pregnancy planning research at BC Children's Hospital. 

Contraception and Abortion Research Team-Groupe de recherche sur l’avortement et la contraception

Supporting women to plan and space their pregnancies provides a wide range of benefits to society, to children and to their families. In Canada, nearly half of all pregnancies are unintended, and 31% of women have at least one abortion in their lifetime.

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The OPSiP Study

The OPSiP study (short for "Oral Probiotic Supplementation in Pregnancy to Reduce Group B Streptococcus Colonization") is a randomized controlled trial (RCT) that is recruiting 450 participants in Vancouver, British Columbia. 

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The P2RISM project studies blood collected from healthy women and babies to develop a guide to help interpret lab test results. This will help identify and manage health problems that could impact moms and babies. Participant recruitment and sample collection completed in June 2021. Please stay tuned for study outcomes and results.

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