Research at the Women's Medicine Collaborative

Women's Medicine Collaborative research team.

Medical Breakthroughs Begin With You.

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

VAST:  A Study for Women

Researchers need you to help us test a new method to protect against HIV.  We are trying to create other HIV and herpes prevention products that are convenient, easy to use, safe and effective.

You will be asked to use a VAGINAL FILM. The film is about 2 inches square, flexible and flat, similar to wax paper that dissolves when it comes in contact with vaginal fluid.   The vaginal film used in this study is INVESTIGATIONAL. That means it has not been approved by the Federal Food and Drug Administration (the FDA). Learn more.

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.

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 preeclampsia 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.

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.

Sleeping For Two

Sleeping for Two is the first part of a research study being conducted at Lifespan that screens and identifies pregnant women who may be experiencing sleep problems. Based on your results, you may be eligible for other research studies. We are working to better understand how sleep problems might affect the health of your pregnancy, and how to prevent pregnancy problems for other women. Learn more.