Center for Family Planning Research


Celebrating 20 years of
research and improving
women’s health care locally
and around the world!


Our Commitment

The Center for Family Planning Research aims to help women become pregnant at a time when they want to so as to best maximize the chances of a happy, healthy pregnancy, and it is dedicated to preventing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.

What We Do

The Center for Family Planning Research (CFPR) performs clinical research trials related to the development of new contraceptive methods and other techniques. The field of family planning addresses the needs and desires of women and men to control if and when they desire to become pregnant. The goal of developing new contraceptive technologies is to find ways to prevent pregnancies that are safer, easier to use, and more effective than our current methods. Much of the research we do has significant impact on the use and availability of contraceptives in developing countries. At the same time, we work to find contraceptives that also help prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, especially HIV (the virus that causes AIDS).

Overall, our work will help women and men avoid unintended pregnancies. In that way, we hope that women who become pregnant can do so at a time when they are able to best maximize the chances of a happy and healthy pregnancy. However, when an unintended pregnancy occurs, women still have a choice. We also strive to help those women who choose not to continue their pregnancy by developing new and potentially safer methods of terminating their pregnancy.

The Center for Family Planning Research at the Magee-Womens Research Institute was created in 1994. The primary office, located in Magee-Womens Hospital, is staffed by physicians, research coordinators, a regulatory coordinator, statisticians, and several research assistants.

Members of the CFPR:


Sharon Achilles, MD, PhD

Beatrice Chen, MD, MPH

Heather Hohmann, MD, MPH

Colleen Krajewski, MD, MPH

Audrey Lance, MD, MS

Catherine Chappell, MD


Adjunct Faculty Members:

Sharon Hillier, PhD

Leslie Meyn, PhD

Sonya Borrero, MD, MPH

Melanie Gold, DO, MPP

Mark Roberts, MD, MPP

Ken Smith, MD, MS

Ron LaPorte, PhD


Current Research Studies
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Past Research Studies
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