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Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research

The Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research (CeMCOR) is a health research centre in Vancouver. According to the University of British Columbia, CeMCOR is the only centre in the world that focuses on ovulation and the causes and consequences of ovulation disturbances.[1] CeMCOR is known for research on progesterone-only therapy for menopausal hot flushes,[2][3] research on perimenopause as distinct from menopause,[4] and for a focus on women's perspectives and self-knowledge.[5]



The Centre was founded by Dr. Jerilynn Prior[2] in May 2002 as a charity affiliated with the University of British Columbia. The stated vision was to ‘reframe scientific knowledge of the menstrual cycle and ovulation in a woman-centered context.’[6]

CeMCOR is now located at Vancouver General Hospital[2] in the Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre.[7] Staff includes 15 clinicians and 9 trainees. It is guided by both a Community Advisory Council and a Scientific Advisory Council composed of endocrinologists, epidemiologists, gynecologists, nutritionists, psychologists, and sociologists.[7][5]


CeMCOR published over 50 scientific papers in its first 10 years, as well as 4 books.[7] Areas of research include menstruation and ovulation, bone health, premenopausal breast cancer, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and perimenopause.[8] CeMCOR has stated that its research shows overall that regular menstrual cycles with ovulation help prevent osteoporosis, breast cancer, and heart disease.[6] Dr. Prior has called menstrual cycles "a vital sign". [9]

CeMCOR does not conduct research funded by the pharmaceutical industry.[6]


  1. ^ "UBC endocrinologist receives SMCR Ann Voda Lifetime Achievement Award". UBC People. University of British Columbia. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Older hormone therapy as good as estrogen for hot flashes, trial suggests". CBC News. 26 Jan 2007. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Barton, Adriana (18 Jun 2012). "Progesterone may ease hot flushes, study finds". Globe and Mail. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Celebrating 10 years! Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research (CeMCOR)". Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Buck, Pauline (2002). "The New Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research". BC Endocrine Research Foundation. 4 (1). Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c Werschler, Laura (22 Jan 2013). "The value of ovulation to women's health". Troy Media. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c "Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation (CeMCOR)". Research Centres. Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  8. ^ Woolley, Pieta (9 Jan 2008). "Doc offers new view of menopause pills". Georgia Straight. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  9. ^ George, Lianne (12 Dec 2005). "The end of the period". Maclean's. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 

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