Family Planning Working Group

The Family Planning Working Group aims to serve as a resource for those interested in both domestic and international family planning research by providing a forum to create new collaborations and a resource for graduate and medical students, residents and fellows looking for research projects in the field of family planning.

The working group critiques work, makes informal presentations about ongoing research, reviews CRFs, and provides other general research assistance. It also creates bridges between domestic and international researchers that may result in global-to-local initiatives.

Renee Heffron, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Global Health, Epidemiology

Alison Roxby, MD, MSc
Assistant Professor
Global Health, Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Details to come


Family Planning Mini-Symposium 2017

The Working Group will hold its 2nd mini-symposium this year.  Researchers, physicians, and staff from the University of Washington, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and PATH are invited to speak on key emerging areas within family planning and reproductive health.  See details below.

Friday, December 8th
1:00-5:00 PM
University of Washington Husky Union Building 334

Click here to register

See full agenda

See list of speaker biographies


Breakfast with WACh Lecture

The Working Group invited Dr. Elizabeth Bukusi, MBChB, M.Med, MPH, PhD, PGD, MBE, CIP, FAAS, to present on priority research areas for family planning in Kenya. The event was held in April 2017.

Dr. Bukusi is a Chief Research Officer and was the Deputy Director Research and Training at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) from 2011 to 2016. Her primary areas of interest in research focus on sexually transmitted infections, reproductive health, and HIV prevent, care and treatment.

Family Planning Mini-Symposium 2016

In December 2016, the Working Group held a mini-symposium. University of Washington family planning researchers and physicians were invited to present research updates on novel family planning methods, microbiome and immunology, and mobile health (mHealth).