We partner with biotechnology organizations, pharmaceutical companies, and research institutions to innovate sexual and reproductive health. We conduct original social science research to make reproductive health equity and autonomy achievable for Planned Parenthood patients, our community and beyond. We are affiliated with Minnesota’s leading teaching institutions, providing training opportunities for health students.
- Conduct Phase II and III clinical trials
- Contract with sponsoring agencies to participate in sexual and reproductive health trials
- Implement and manage drug, device, and specimen studies
- Innovate service delivery in abortion care and contraception
- Initiate social science studies that center health equity and reproductive justice and increase access to and the quality of sexual and reproductive health services
- Train the next generation of health equity-focused researchers
- Two main locations in the Twin Cities Metropolitan area
- Ambulatory Surgical Facilities
- Research lab and examination rooms
- -80 C° freezers, locking refrigerators, investigational product storage
- Conference rooms
- Office space and resources
Medication Abortion ASAP
Medication Abortion ASAP (MA-ASAP) is a pilot research study underway in Minnesota that is evaluating a streamlined way to provide medication abortion (abortion with pills) over the web.
Tear Gas and Reproductive Health Study
Staff at Planned Parenthood North Central States (PPNCS) and the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities recently heard from many people who protested the killing of George Floyd and were tear gassed. These people then had surprising changes to their periods or bleeding cycles, like getting their period early or late. We are putting together a new research study to learn more about these stories.
The goal of this study was to create a more convenient, patient-centered method of abortion where patients can obtain their medical abortion pills by mail (without needing an in person appointment at a Planned Parenthood health center).
Trans Health Research
Planned Parenthood is seeking transgender, genderqueer, gender nonbinary, and gender nonconforming community members to share their feedback about their ideal reproductive and gender-specific health care experiences.
Trust and Respect in Birth Control Experiences
Planned Parenthood and University of Minnesota are teaming up to learn more about experiences with birth control among people of color, and trust and respect between communities of color and family planning clinics like Planned Parenthood.
Vasectomy Experiences and Attitudes Toward New Methods of Birth Control
Planned Parenthood North Central States and University of Minnesota—Twin Cities are teaming up to learn more about experiences with vasectomy and thoughts on different birth control options.
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