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Research on Women's Health (RWH)

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Research on Women's Health (RWH)

Research on Women's Health (RWH) is a subdivision of the open access, peer-reviewed journal under SciTeMed Publishing Group. RWH covers a broad range of clinical and interdisciplinary topics on health issues that affect women across the lifespan. RWH provides an open platform for health professionals around the globe to contribute their high-quality original research and reviews that advocates for enhancing women's healthcare.

The scope of the journal encompasses, but is not restricted to, the following areas: obstetrics/gynecology; urogynecology; physiology and pathology of menstruation; pregnancy and neonatal health; disorders in Pregnancy; gynaecological cancer; aging and menopausal; female sexual health; gender and mental health; fertility and reproductive medicine; family planning; fitness and nutrition for women; cosmetic dermatology; violence against women; women's health policy.

RWH welcomes manuscripts in the forms of original article, review article, short communications, case reports, image, and editorial comment. It encourages authors to contribute their work on the basis of its originality, importance, interdisciplinary interest, and outstanding quality. All submissions to the WHR are subject to impartial and thorough peer-reviewed process. 

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Editorial Board

  • Marykay A Pavol, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Stroke Division, Department of Neurology
    Columbia University
    United States

    Dr. Pavol is Assistant Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology in the Department of Neurology at the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons at Columbia.She received her PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology from the University of Houston (Houston, TX) in 1995, completed an internship in Clinical Neuropsychology at University Hospital (London, Ontario, Canada) in 1995, and completed a fellowship in Rehabilitation Medicine at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan (Detroit, MI) in 1996. She has been board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology since 1999. Dr. Pavol joined the Columbia University faculty in 2007 after many years in rehabilitation medicine settings. She has extensive experience in brain injury rehabilitation program coordination (inpatient and outpatient) as well as cognitive and neurobehavioral assessment with a range of medical diagnoses. She performs neuropsychological evaluations for inpatients and outpatients. In addition to her clinical responsibilities, Dr. Pavol’s research interests the relationship between cognition and carotid disease, cognition and heart failure (including left ventricular assistive devices), and cognition and rehabilitation medicine outcomes. She has coordinated training and certification in cognitive assessment for multiple research trials.

  • Badreldeen Ahmed, MD, FRCOG

    Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar, Doha, Qatar
    Qatar (‫قطر‬‎)

    Prof. Badreldeen Ahmed is the Director of Feto Maternal Medicine Centre, Doha, Qatar; Professor of obstetrics at Weill Cornell Medical College, Qatar. He is the founder of Fetal Maternal Medicine Unit at Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar and also the founding member of the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG). Prof. Ahmed is the editor of Basic Book of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He has acted as reviewers for many high-impact international journals and has attended international meetings as an Invited Speaker. Prof. Ahmed has published over 70 papers in international peer reviewed journals. His research interests include fetal medicine and high risk pregnancy.

  • Georgios Androutsopoulos, MD, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    University of Patras
    Greece (Ελλάδα)

    Georgios Androutsopoulos completed his Degree in Medicine in 1995, at the National and Kapodestrian University of Athens. He received his Medical Specialization in 2006, at the Department of Obstetrics - Gynecology of the University of Patras. He also completed his Doctorate of Medicine “Pregnancy complications in Greek women with inherited thrombophilia” in 2007, at the same Department. He started his clinical career in 1-8-2006, as Obstetrician - Gynecologist at the General, Maternity & Pediatric Hospital of Athens “Mitera” and he served up until 20-1-2009. In 23-1-2009 he became a Consultant of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the General Hospital of Amfissas and he served up until 3-1-2012. He started his academic career in 3-1-2012, as a Lecturer and Consultant of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Patras and he served up until 20-10-2014. In 20-10-2014, he became an Assistant Professor and Consultant of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Patras and he holds the same position until today. He has got both academic and clinical experience as well as a heavy workload of research and educational duties. Moreover, he has actively participated in teaching the Medical Students of the University of Patras and in training program for the Specialty Trainees of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. His research interests are mainly focused in Gynecological Oncology with 4 Chapters in Medical Books, 77 Publications in International and 9 Publications in National Scientific Journals with Reviewers.

  • Johannes Paulus Franciscus Dalmeyer, MD, PhD

    Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    University of Cape Town
    South Africa
    Dr. Dalmeyer main interest of research has been in all aspects of ART during his career, for he was instrumental in establishing the first private IVF clinic in South Africa. Further more his interest in Menopausal Medicine has been involved in multiple centered research drug trials in menopausal medicine for many years, including both hormonal and osteoporosis trial. He has been part of the writing group to establish the South African menopausal guidelines for HRT. With his association with the private hospital sector and the academic institutions he investigated the potential of a potential new educational model, for the focus of medical education in the developing world is on primary education. This lead to the research for a PPP of specialist and subspecialist education and the PhD as per below. This model has been successfully rolled out in South Africa. And can be used as a template for any discipline. He has experience in the review, edit research material and peer review appropriate material in his field of interest. He is at present co-promoting a PhD student, in the field of hospital medical costing with Prof. M Struwig at the NMMU. His view of the WHR is to be able to contribute to the success of this journal in women’s health as an editor, not only in academic sense, but also in the field of business and education in a practical sense.
  • Katrien Dehaeck, MB Ch B, FCOG

    Department of Gynaecology
    Vincent Pallotti Hospital
    South Africa

    Dr Katrien Dehaeck qualified as MB Ch B 1976 (Stellenbosch); FCOG (SA 1983). Then she became a gynaeoncologist 1985 and worked at Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH) until 1991. Since then she had been in Private practice at Vincent Pallotti Hospital in Pinelands while working as a part-time consultant at the department of gynaecology oncology at GSH.

    She also worked for 25 years at Red Cross Children’s Hospital as a paediatric gynaecologist, where she had a special interest in reconstructive gynaecological surgery for ano-genital congenital malformations in girls. Her private work involves gynaecology, gynae oncology, which means consultation, surgery and chemotherapy for women with  gynaecological precancerous and cancer conditions. Her special interest at present, apart from that, is in vulvo-vaginal disease. They had developed a vulval clinic at GSH in the last 20 years. In her private capacity, she can see and do research in women with vulvo-vaginal problems. Her most recent work has been with the problem of  Lichen Sclerosus(LS), which is a chronic inflammatory like condition of the vulva. Often misdiagnosed as candida.

    As an ongoing research, she is doing fat cell stem cell transfer for women with LS, where conventional treatment is failing or not adequate. This is a unique approach, not done elsewhere in Africa, and only in a few other countries. She recently presented the preliminary results at the RCOG meeting in March at the CTICC.

  • Ioannis C Kotsopoulos, MD, PhD

    University College London Hospital
    Gynaecology Oncology
    United Kingdom

    Dr. Kotsopoulos received his medical degree from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2005. He was trained in the Gynaecological Oncology Department of the Theagenio Cancer Hospital in Thessaloniki and in the Obstetrics & Gynaecology Department of the University of Patras (Greece) where he completed his specialty training in 2013. He was awarded his PhD (Gene expression of Notch receptors in ovarian cancer) from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2015. He was a Clinical Research Fellow in Gynaecological Oncology at the Northern Gynaecological Oncology Centre (Queen Elizabeth Hospital) in Gateshead, United Kingdom. Dr. Kotsopoulos currently serves as a Subspecialty Trainee in Gynaecology Oncology, University College London Hospital (UCLH), London, United Kingdom.

  • Georgios Michail, MD, PhD

    Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
    Patras University Medical School
    Greece (Ελλάδα)
    Dr. Georgios Michail received his medical degree from Athens University Medical School (Greece) in 1996. He received the title of Obstetrician-Gynaecologist in 2005, in Patras, Greece and presented his Thesis, in Patras University Medical School in 2007. After a research fellowship in Ireland (RCSI – Prof Walter Prendiville) and clinical work he acquired the British Society of Colposcopy & Cervical Pathology (B.S.C.C.P.) Diagnosis & Treatment Diploma in 2006. From 2007 onwards he has returned in Greece working privately, and then as an Obs/Gynae Consultant. Since 2013 he serves as a Lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynecology in Patras University Hospital contributing in the clinical and surgical curriculum of the ward. He is Head Colposcopist of the Outpatient Clinic, and a member of the multidisciplinary Oncological Board. He has contributed in scientific protocols under the auspices of the Hellenic Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (H.S.C.C.P.) and the Hellenic Cervical Pathology Academic (HeCPA) Group. Regarding his current research interests, he is focused in Gynecologic Oncology; specifically in the field of pathology of Lower Genital Tract Disease, Colposcopy, cervical cancer screening, the epidemiology and the molecular mechanisms of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and HPV vaccination. His teaching experience has been built in Patras University Medical School. He has published in several journals as well as chapters in books. He has membership in several Journal’s Editorial Boards, membership of academic bodies and has reviewed numerous articles. He speaks fluently English and Greek, and can read French.
  • Paaige Turner, PhD

    Executive Director and Professor, National Communication Association
    Webster University
    United States
    Dr. Paaige Turner is currently Executive Director of the National Communication Association (NCA), a membership organization whose mission is to advance Communication as the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media, and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific, and aesthetic inquiry. She also holds an academic appointment as Professor in the School of Communications at Webster University. She is the president-elect for the Organization for the study of Communication, Language and Gender and a board member of the Consortium of Social Science Associations. She has published over 30 chapters and articles in the area of organizational communication, specifically on topics of organizational socialization, customer satisfaction, midwifery and birth, breastfeeding, and the body. Her publications have appeared in journals such as Communication Studies, Communication Monographs, Human Relations, Management Communication Quarterly, Qualitative Health Research, Qualitative Inquiry, Qualitative Research Reports in Communication, and Women & Language. She currently serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Applied Communication, Journal of Media Critiques, Management Communication Quarterly, Women & Language, Women’s Studies in Communication, and is an Associate Editor for the forthcoming International Encyclopedia of Organizational Communication. In 1998, she received the Cheris Kramarae Dissertation Award from the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language & Gender. In 2013, she was awarded a Fulbright-Nehru International Education Administrators Award for India. She is the recipient of numerous teaching awards including the Outstanding New Teacher Award from the Central States Communication Association and Faculty Excellence Award from the SLU Student Government Association. Dr. Turner’s research interests focus upon the creation and negotiation of contradiction, specifically within the topics of organizational socialization, midwifery and birth, and the body in the workplace.
  • Antonio Simone Laganà, MD

    Department of Human Pathology in Adulthood and Childhood
    University of Messina
    Italy (Italia)
    Dr. Antonio Simone Laganà was born in Reggio Calabria (Italy) on 8th May 1986. He is of Member of the Expert Panel of the Italian Association of Endometriosis; Junior Deputy of Special Interest Group for Endometriosis & Endometrial Disorders (SIGEED) of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE); In-Training Member of the Society for Reproductive Investigation (SRI) and International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG); Member or the Italian Society of Gynaecological Endoscopy (SEGI). He got a Master of “gynecological minimally invasive and robotic surgery” (University of Pisa), developed an intensive surgical training in the Univerzitetni Klinični Center, Ljubljana (Ljubljana, Slovenia) and obstetric/gynecological ultrasound training in the Altamedica Main Center (Rome, Italy). He is author of many papers published in national and international peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Laganà research interests include endometriosis, reproductive immunology, infertility, gynecological endocrinology, laparoscopy and hysteroscopy.
  • Noventa Marco, MD

    Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Human Reproduction
    University of Padova
    Italy (Italia)

    Dr. Marco Noventa is a medical doctor and researcher in gynecology, obstetrics and human reproduction at University of Padua, department of Woman and Child health - Gynecology and Obstetrics Clinic. He is doing a fellowship program in minimally invasive laparoscopic-surgery at Ljubljana University and a PhD. program in reproductive medicine and fertility preservation at University of Padua. He graduated in medicine and surgery at Padua University with a total score of 109/110 performing also a year of traineeship at University of Barcelona (UAB). In these years, he was involved in numerous collaborations and research projects (both with Italian and foreign university), in the role of principal investigator and co-investigator, covering different field of obstetrics and gynecology. He is member of different national and international societies in ob/gyn and human reproduction field. He has been awarded by many national and international societies for originality and quality of his projects. He is teacher of master program in “Physiopathology of Reproduction” and of advanced course of “Reproductive Medicine” both at University of Padua.

  • Nomonde Mbatani, MD, MBChB, Dip Obs (SA),FCOG (SA)

    Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    University of Cape Town
    South Africa
    Dr. Nomonde Mbatani received her Fellowship from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, where she also completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2003. Dr. Mbatani Works full time as a Gynecologist Oncologist and lecturer. She is a member of the International Gynecology Cancer Society, European Society of Gyne Oncologists (ESGO). Board member of the International Federation of Cervical Pathology and Colposcopy (Africa representative).
  • Selcuk Sarikaya, MD

    Department of Urology
    Gulhane Research and Training Hospital
    Turkey (Türkiye)
    Dr. Selcuk Sarikaya graduated from Gulhane Military Medical Academy and Bulent Ecevit University School of Medicine. He started his urology residency in Kecioren Research and Training Hospital. During his residency, he completed Andrology Observership in University College London Hospital, St. Peters Department of Andrology with Mr. David Ralph. Dr. Selcuk Sarikaya is working in Gulhane Research and Training Hospital Department of Urology. Dr. Sarikaya's main interests are General Urology, Andrology, Infertility, Urolithiasis and Female Urology.
  • Sudha Sumathy, MD, MS

    Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences
    India (भारत)
    Dr.Sudha Sumathy is a professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences. She received her MBBS degree from the Medical College Thiruvananthapuram. She received her DGO from the same college in 1996 and then completed her Diplomate of National board at the same in May 2000. She joined Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences in 2001 as a professor in 2010. She has been working as faculty and presented many papers at the national conferences held in India and won the best video paper presentation award in the Indian Association of Gynecologic Endoscopists ( IAGE) conference held at Chennai in 2005.
  • Amerigo Vitagliano, MD

    Department of Women and Children’s Health
    University of Padua
    Italy (Italia)
    Dr. Amerigo Vitagliano, born on 21.08.1987 in Naples, is a medical doctor and researcher in Gynecology, Obstetrics, Human Reproduction and Gynecological Endocrinology at Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinic, Department of Women and Children’s Health, University of Padua. He is currently accomplishing the Residency Program in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Padua University, with a particular focus on mini-invasive surgery, human reproduction and gynecological endocrinology. He graduated in Medicine and Surgery at Florence University. In these years he has taken part in several research projects (both with Italian and European Universities/Hospitals), in the role of principal investigator and co-investigator, covering different fields of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Human Reproduction and has achieved good expertise in biostatistics. He received different awards by National and International societies for research projects on different topics of obstetrics and gynecology. He was teacher in 2016 on “controlled ovarian stimulation” in an II level master program in Human Reproduction at University of Padua. His research interests are: assisted reproductive technology, infertility, polycystic ovarian syndrome, fertility preservation, premature ovarian failure, gynecological endocrinology, surgery of infertility, mini-invasive laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery, oncological screening and prevention, endometriosis, gynecological ultrasound.

Assistant Editors

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Early View

  • The Role of Three-Dimensional Ultrasound in Gynecology

    3D volume imaging is the most important advantage in modern sonography after the introduction of the vaginal probe. The great use of 3D ultrasound in obtaining valuable medical details is undoubted and it could replace MRI scans in gynecology patients as it is able to provide the same or even better views. The review article addresses how to obtain optimum 3D images and some of the possible clinical applications of this technique. The review also addresses in more detail the three major steps in obtaining 3D images, which are volume acquisition, volume display, and volume analysis.

    Research on Women’s Health. 2019;1(1):4
    DOI: 10.24983/scitemed.rwh.2019.00103
    Article Type: Review Article
  • May Cervical Length Predict Miscarriage Associated With Invasive Procedures for Prenatal Diagnosis?

    Prenatal invasive tests are being used for the diagnosis of fetal aneuploidies. Fetal loss is the major complication of invasive procedures with varying proportions. In this prospective study, authors aimed to determine the predictivity of cervical length (CL) in terms of miscarriage associated with diagnostic prenatal invasive procedures that are performed in two separate centers.

    Research on Women’s Health. 2018;1(1):3
    DOI: 10.24983/scitemed.rwh.2018.00083
    Article Type: Original Article
  • Implementation Experiences with Improving Safe Medication Practices for Oxytocin and Magnesium Sulfate During Labor and Delivery

    Oxytocin and magnesium sulfate are high-alert medications with risks for significant patient harm. This paper describes experiences of 25 Labor and Delivery (L&D) units which sought to apply safety science principles such as standardization, learning from defects, independent checks, teamwork and communication, and in situ simulation training for safe administration of oxytocin and magnesium sulfate. This effort was part of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Safety Program for Perinatal Care.

    Research on Women’s Health. 2018;1(1):2
    DOI: 10.24983/scitemed.rwh.2018.00075
    Article Type: Original Article
  • Birth Outcomes After Implementing an Evidence-Based Guideline for Managing Delayed Pushing in Second Stage Labor in Women with Epidural Anesthesia

    An evidence-based guideline for managing the second stage of labor can improve outcomes in women with epidural anesthesia.

    Research on Women's Health. 2018;1(1):1
    DOI: 10.24983/scitemed.rwh.2018.00059
    Article Type: Original Article

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