Research at the Women's Medicine Collaborative

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Information we learn through research helps us provide high quality, evidence-based care.

Providers at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative have been awarded industry sponsored and National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded grants to study a variety of health conditions. If you are interested in being considered for participation in one of our studies, please contact us at 401-793-7398 or email

(Para Espanol nos puede llamar al 401-793-7240.) 

Current Studies at the Women's Medicine Collaborative

Asthma & Mindfulness Study: Asthma Symptom Management through Mindfulness Training

Asthma can be a challenging condition for patients. Controlling symptoms and sustaining good quality of life requires a great deal of self-care. To provide the best possible care for our patients, the Women’s Medicine Collaborative is recruiting patients with asthma to take part in a research study that compares two programs designed to increase asthma control and quality of life.

You might be eligible to participate if you are 18 years of age or older, have been diagnosed with asthma by your doctor, take a long-term asthma controller medication, are English speaking. Learn more.

ECOSPOR: A Treatment for Recurrent C. difficile Infection

Researchers at Lifespan are conducting a study evaluating the investigational medication SER-109, which is composed of bacterial spores enriched from stool donations obtained from healthy, screened donors. You might be eligible to participate if you are 18 years of age or older, have a documented history of 3 or more episodes of C. difficile infection within the past 9 months, and do not have active inflammatory bowel disease or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) with diarrhea. Learn more.

Sleep and Light Therapy for Perinatal Depression

Researchers at Lifespan are conducting a study looking at whether adding light therapy and a prescribed sleep schedule to usual treatment for depression can speed recovery and prevent postpartum depression.

You might be eligible to participate if you are a healthy pregnant woman age 18 to 40 years old with a current diagnosis of depression. Learn more.


Pregnant women who may have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are needed to evaluate the potential effects of OSA on the placenta, and the possible links between OSA and developing preepclampsia during pregnancy.

You might be eligible to participate if you are less than 13 weeks pregnant, overweight, someone who snores while sleeping, and planning to deliver at Women & Infants Hospital.  Learn more.

Research Study on Sexual and Reproductive Health

The Miriam Hospital is conducting a research study to assess women's opinions on sexual and reproductive health. Your opinions will help scientists create new products that women will want to use.

You might be eligible to participate if you are a woman between the ages of 18 and 45, are sexually active, and you want to share your opinions about products for women. Learn more.

Fecal Microbiota Transplant for Relapsing C. difficile Infection

There has been an alarming increase in the incidence and severity of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) in North America over the past decade. Relapsing infection is a common problem in patients treated for CDI, often requiring prolonged and expensive courses of oral vancomycin with limited alternative treatment options. 
This study will determine if fecal microbiota transplantation, which involves administering fecal flora from a healthy stool donor to a patient with relapsing CDI, is an effective and safe treatment. Learn more

Are You Pregnant? Do You Have Gestational Diabetes?

Pregnant women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) are needed to evaluate possible links between sleep disordered breathing and GDM. 

You may be eligible if you are currently pregnant and have been diagnosed with GDM.  Learn more.