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Research in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Women’s Health


Reproductive Medicine

The Reproductive Medicine team within the Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Women’s Health are led by Professor John Hutton.  They are involved in collaborative research with Professor Ken McNatty, School of Biological Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington.

The study is about the possible regulatory role of proteins from the human eg as measured in the cumulus cells around the egg in IVF patients undergoing intracytoplasmic sperm injection. This study began in 2009.

The team is also undertaking a clinical audit of the effectiveness of the management of infertility patients presenting with anovulation by using clomiphene initially and measuring only a single luteal phase plasma progesterone estimation rather than undertake follucular phase monitoring.

Please contact John Hutton for further information:


Other research within the department

Endometrial cancers - the type, grade, stage at diagnosis, and survival rates in the New Zealand Maori and non Maori population.

Thesis for the degree of Masters in Medical Science, University of Otago. The primary outcome of this study was to determine the type, grade, and stage at diagnosis of ECs in Maori and non-Maori population groups in New Zealand. A secondary analysis determined the 5-year survival rates between the groups.

Poor Compliance with Standard Precautions against infections during minor gynaecological procedures.

To determine the prevalence of the practice of Standard Precautions by medical staff in the obstetric and gynaecology (O & G) units of two hospitals in New Zealand, and to assess self observed splash injury rates.

Outcomes in HrHPV positive women with low grade cervical smears and normal or low grade initial colposcopy results.

The National Cervical Screening programme guidelines in New Zealand do not mention what the follow-up should be of women with HrHPV and normal or low grade abnormalities at colposcopy/biopsy. In this study we followed up women 30 years and older referred to Wellington Hospital from 1/10/2009 to 1/10/2011 with a LGSIL or ASC-US smear and positive HrHPV test. Those with a normal or low grade colposcopic result were followed over a 2 year period in order to determine outcomes.

Contact Dean Maharaj for further information