Obstetric-fetal Pharmacology Research Unit (OPRU)


The University of Washington Obstetric-fetal Pharmacology Research Unit is part of a network of sites studying medications in pregnancy. Our goal is to understand how the body handles and responds to drugs during pregnancy.

Medications that may be useful to women during pregnancy are not always well understood. We hope to improve care for pregnant women, their fetuses, and nursing infants.


We study a wide range of acute and chronic conditions, as well as pregnancy complications, including but not limited to:

  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Preterm delivery
  • Cardiac disease
  • Depression
  • Epilepsy
  • Cancer


To contact us, please e-mail us at opru@uw.edu or call us at (206) 543-5600. (Please note that confidentiality cannot be guaranteed if e-mail is used.) You can also visit us on Facebook.