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Research Centre for
Women's and Infants' Health


The "Research Centre for Women’s and Infants’ Health" (RCWIH) at the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute of Mount Sinai Hospital was founded in 2003 to serve as a forum for fostering research and collaboration between the Lunenfeld’s principal investigators and basic and clinical scientists throughout the city who share similar research interests. The RCWIH mandate includes promoting research synergy, establishment and maintenance of relevant core facilities, promoting interaction and outreach to the public at workshops and open houses, and facilitating fundraising to support women’s and infants’ health research. Many of RCWIH members are also members of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the University of Toronto. The RCWIH works in coordination with other related groups in Toronto including —

  • Women's and Infants' Health Centre of Excellence, Mount Sinai Hospital

  • Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Toronto

  • Platform in Reproduction and Development, Department of Physiology, University of Toronto,

  • Lung Biology Research Program, Hospital for Sick Children

  • Toronto Ovarian Cancer Research Network

  • Maternal, Infant and Reproductive Health Research Unit (MIRU) at The Centre for Research in Women's Health, University of Toronto


The overall objective of the Lunenfeld’s RCWIH is to minimize fetal and neonatal death and disability and to improve the lifelong health of women and their children. Our approach recognizes the importance of early development and an appropriately timed delivery on later development, growth and health. Our research investigates both normal and pathologic function of the embryo, placenta, and maternal systems during pregnancy, and of women and infants later in life. We believe that ultimately this integrated approach will lead to interventions that significantly improve the prospect of neonatal survival and long term health of women and their children.