Research Team



Other Affiliations:

Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Queen’s University
Kingston General Hospital
Co-Director, Contraception Advice, Research, and Education (CARE) Fellowship

Research Interests:

• Complicated contraception cases
• Adolescent contraception and pregnancy
• Paediatric and adolescent gynaecology
• Health care access and public policy

 

Dr. Ashley Waddington is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Queen’s University. Her clinical practice is in general Obstetrics and Gynecology, with a focus in family planning and transgender healthcare. Her clinical and research interests include complicated contraceptive cases, abortion care and access, adolescent gynecology, early pregnancy complications, patient safety and quality improvement, and transgender health.
Dr. Waddington founded the Kingston transgender health clinic in July 2017. The goal of the clinic is to break down barriers for transgender and intersex patients seeking medical care. She has been the Medical Director of the Women’s Clinic (therapeutic abortion clinic) at Kingston General Hospital since 2014, and the Medical director of the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence (SA/DV) Program at Kingston Health Sciences Centre and Lennox and Addington Hospital (Napanee) since 2019.

Current Research Projects:

Mifepristone implementation research in Canada The CART-Mife Study: Our study of mifepristone implementation seeks to address the facilitators and barriers for successful initiation and ongoing provision of medical abortion service among health care professionals who have mifepristone certification, and how these relate to the distribution and availability of services throughout Canada. Read more here.

Intravenous Ketamine for Pain Control During First Trimester Surgical Abortion: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Prevalence of Arrhythmias in Transgender Adults on Hormone Therapy and The Effect of Hormone Therapy in Transgender Adults on QTc

Students/Trainee Supervision:

Dr. Waddington supervises the Contraception Advice, Research and Education (CARE) Fellows. Current CARE Fellow (2020-2021) is Dr. Melinda Rodowa, recent CARE Fellows are Dr. Megan Schneiderman (2019-2020), Dr. Sophie Gibson (2018-2019) and Dr. Milena Garofalo (2018).

Publications:

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Other Affiliations:

ICES McMaster

Research Interests:

• Midwifery services
• Health disparities
• Access to care
• Midwifery scope of practice
• Health care service implementation
• Health policy
• Perinatal health surveillance/epidemiology

 

Dr. Liz Darling is the Assistant Dean of Midwifery at McMaster University and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her qualifications include an Honours BArtsSc (McMaster), a BHSc in Midwifery (McMaster), an MSc in Health Research Methodology (McMaster), and a PhD in Population Health (Ottawa).
She holds a CIHR Early Career Investigator Award in Maternal, Reproductive, Child and Youth Health that supports a mixed methods research program investigating the impact of funding expanded midwifery care models in Ontario. Her research interests include midwifery services, health disparities, access to care, health policy, and perinatal health outcomes. She has particular expertise in the midwifery data collected in Ontario’s perinatal registry (BORN-Ontario). She is committed to building research capacity within the midwifery profession, and currently mentors undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of academic programs.
Dr. Darling practiced midwifery in Ottawa and was a part-time faculty member with the Midwifery Education Program at Laurentian University prior to joining McMaster full-time in 2017. She is also an Adjunct Scientist at ICES-McMaster and holds an Associate appointment in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact at McMaster University. She has represented the midwifery profession in clinical and research committees at the provincial and national level, including serving as a member of the Expert Advisory Committee for the Canadian Perinatal Surveillance System.
She is the recipient of academic awards which include a CIHR Early Career Investigator Award (2019), the Association of Ontario Midwives’ Excellence in Midwifery Research Award (2019), the Joseph De Koninck Doctoral Thesis Award (2015), a CIHR Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (2011), and a CIHR Health Professional Fellowship (2011 – declined).

Current Research Projects:

The Canadian Abortion Provider Survey (CAPS): A national survey of abortion care providers in order to understand their workforce, quality of care and experiences with stigma and resilience. Read more here

Mifepristone Access and Outcomes Study: To examine how the implementation of mifepristone medical abortion has impacted abortion access, outcomes, costs and service distribution in Ontario. Using linked health administrative data to define health system outcomes, costs and access to abortion before and after the sea-change shift in 2017 of medical abortion practice. Read more here

To learn more about Dr. Darling’s research and projects, please visit: http://www.lizdarling.ca/

Publications:

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Other Affiliations:

Associate clinical professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Montreal
Quebec National Institute of Public Health

Research Interests:

• Contraception
• Family planning
• Public health

 

Dr. Marie-Soleil Wagner graduated in medicine from the University of Montreal where she also completed her residency in gynecology and obstetrics. Then she completed a fellowship in family planning at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, as well as a master's degree in preventive medicine. She is an associate clinical professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Montreal and practices at the Centre hospitalier universitaire Sainte-Justine. She is responsible for the family planning internship for residents in obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Wagner has participated in several SOGC guidelines. Since 2006, she has acted as a specialist consultant in public health for the National Institute of Public Health of Quebec and is president of the Committee of Experts in Family Planning. She also participates in several research projects in family planning and contraception in association with CART-GRAC. Her fields of interest are contraception, family planning and teaching and training.

Current Research Projects:

The Canadian Abortion Provider Survey (CAPS)/ Étude canadienne sur les services abortion 2019: A national survey of abortion care providers in order to understand their workforce, quality of care and experiences with stigma and resilience. Read more here

The Canadian NP Mifepristone Implementation Study: Medication abortion via the drug mifepristone is a safe, effective practice available in over 60 countries. In 2017 Canadian nursing regulators and Health Canada implemented changes that would allow nurse practitioners (NPs) to provide mifepristone. This study seeks to understand the experiences of NPs with medication abortion in order to improve the implementation of this practice amongst NPs, with the potential to improve access for marginalized, rural and remote communities in Canada. Read more here.

The Mifepristone Implementation Research in Canada (the CART-Mife Study): Our study of mifepristone implementation seeks to address the facilitators and barriers for successful initiation and ongoing provision of medical abortion service among health care professionals who have mifepristone certification, and how these relate to the distribution and availability of services throughout Canada. Read more here.

Students/Trainee Supervision:

  • Madeleine Ennis, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, UBC
  • Mahan Maazi, Bachelor of Science, UBC
  • Sydney Whiteford, MPH practicum student, UBC

Publications:

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Other Affiliations:

Division of General Gynaecology & Obstetrics, Division of Gynaecologic Specialties
Nanaimo Regional General
Island Health Authority (VIHA)

Research Interests:

• Sexual and reproductive health services
• Family planning
• Contraception
• Abortion care

Dr. Regina-Maria Renner is a Clinical Associate Professor at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of UBC where she first joined in December 2012. Since May 2015 she is the Fellowship Co-Director of the Family Planning Fellowship at UBC. In March 2013 she also joined the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. She has been a CART member since 2011.

She completed her Family Planning Fellowship at Oregon Health & Science University, OR USA (OHSU, 2011), where she also did her residency. She completed a Master of Public Health at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, USA (2005).
In 2018 she completed a certificate in quality improvement. Her recent research has focused on in implementation of mifepristone for medical abortion in Canada. She currently is the principal investigator on a CIHR grant to survey Canadian abortion providers.

Her prior research in pain management of first trimester surgical abortion has led to a Cochrane review and several randomized controlled trials on this topic. Additional research of Dr. Renner has focused on midlevel providers in abortion care, youth and abortion care, pregnancies with an IUD in situ, and IUD efficacy.

Current Research Projects:

The Canadian Abortion Provider Survey (CAPS): A national survey of abortion care providers in order to understand their workforce, quality of care and experiences with stigma and resilience. Read more here

The CART Mife-Outcomes study: Relating Canada’s unique mifepristone regulations to health system events, costs and access to abortion, using linked health administrative data

To learn more about Dr. Renner’s research and projects, please visit here.

Students/Trainee Supervision:

  • Madeleine Ennis, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, UBC
  • Mahan Maazi, Bachelor of Science, UBC
  • Sydney Whiteford, MPH practicum student, UBC

Publications:

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Other Affiliations:

Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, UBC
Scientist, Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcomes Sciences.
Women’s Health Research Institute (Affiliate Member)

Research Interests:

• Knowledge translation
• Implementation science
• Reproductive and maternal health
• Shared decision making

Dr. Sarah Munro is a qualitative health services researcher whose focus is on knowledge translation and implementation science. Her research focuses on the investigation of factors that influence implementation of patient-centred practice and policy, and the development and evaluation of tools that support shared decision-making for patients and their care teams.
Dr. Munro conducts research related to implementation of patient-centred care for choice of next birth after caesarean, choice of contraception, medical abortion practice, and breastfeeding. Through this research, Dr. Munro partners closely with stakeholders (patients, health care professionals, and policy makers) to produce evidence that is action-oriented, relevant, and supports patients and their care teams to make informed, shared healthcare decisions.
Dr. Munro completed her postdoctoral training in implementation science with the Canadian Contraception and Abortion Research Team and Dartmouth College. She is also a Scientist with the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences.

Current Research Projects:

The Mifepristone Implementation Study: Our study of mifepristone implementation seeks to address the facilitators and barriers for successful initiation and ongoing provision of medical abortion service among health care professionals who have mifepristone certification, and how these relate to the distribution and availability of services throughout Canada. Read more here.

To learn more about Dr. Munro’s research and projects, please visit: http://www.sarahmunro.ca

Students/Trainee Supervision:

  • Kate Wahl, Vanier Scholar, Doctoral Student with the Contraception and Abortion Research Team and CIHR-PHAC Applied Public Health Research Chair- Research Student.

Publications:

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