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Former Research Coordinator at WHCRC Competes at Rio Olympics

Image via Chierika Ukogu's Instagram, @cukogu

Image via Chierika Ukogu's Instagram, @cukogu

Chierika Ukogu, a former research coordinator at WHCRC, competed at the Rio Olympics this summer in the single sculling event. Ukogu, 24, worked as a research coordinator at the Penn Family Planning and Pregnancy Loss Center for nearly two years before leaving her position to pursue training full-time for the Olympics. A graduate of Stanford University, Ukogu became the first rower to represent the country of Nigeria at the Olympic Games and did so without any institutional support – Ukogu was completely self-funded through a GoFundMe page and shirts she designed. Chierika, who has extensive experience sweep rowing in high school and as an undergraduate, transitioned to sculling for the Olympics, a change that required her to go from being one of eight rowers to rowing individually. Ultimately, she finished 4th in Semi-Final C/D and successfully made it to Final D, where she placed 2nd – a final standing of 20th in the Rio Olympics. Ukogu started medical school this fall at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. 

PreFaiR Research Study Launched

Dr. Schreiber is conducting a clinical trial comparing medical management miscarriage options at the Penn Family Planning and Pregnancy Loss Center. We hope that this research will improve treatment options for women experiencing pregnancy failure.

For more information about this study, visit the study page.

New Study Recruiting Women with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)

The Penn PCOS Center is conducting a clinical trial to determine the best treatment plan for women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) to improve their mood symptoms, response to stress, and risk for heart disease.

Study participants receive one of two treatments: 1) Nutrition counseling plus Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, a specific type of therapy that addresses depression and anxiety, or 2) Nutrition counseling alone. This involves meeting once weekly with a Registered Dietician for 16 weeks and with a Clinical Psychologist for 8 weeks at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Women with a diagnosis of PCOS who are overweight or obese and screen positive for symptoms of depression may be eligible to participate. For more information visit the study page or call Molly at 215-662-7727.

Clinical Trials Now Recruiting!

Active Clinical Trials

Fertility and the BRCA gene

Medical Management of PCOS

Non-hormonal intrauterine device

Research study for women with Heavy Menstrual Bleeding due to Uterine Fibroids


IUD study for current Mirena users

Research Study for Overweight Women with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)