Dr. Warren Foster is a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at McMaster University with expertise in reproductive/developmental toxicology and reproductive endocrinology. The primary focus of Dr. Foster’s research program is investigation of the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying dysregulation of ovarian and endometrial function. Dr. Foster’s laboratory employs state of the art techniques such as: novel animal models, tissue and organ culture, laser capture microdissection, and molecular biology to investigate dysregulation of programmed cell death, cell proliferation and neurite growth in endometriosis. In addition, Dr. Foster’s laboratory is studying the mechanisms underlying cigarette smoking induced loss of primordial follicles and premature ovarian failure. Toxicant-induced changes in the expression of cell survival (autophagy) vs. cell death (apoptosis) signaling pathway markers are being explored using innovative culture techniques and animal models. Clinical studies are used to elucidate the relevance of animal studies for human health.
Dr. Foster is an internationally recognized expert in reproductive toxicology and reproductive biology as shown by service on numerous prestigious regional, national and international committees. He serves as a member on CIHR and NIH peer review panels. He is a regular contributor to the peer reviewed scientific literature with greater than 250 scientific articles and presentations. His research is supported by grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and Health Canada. Dr. Foster was also a recipient of a CIHR/Ontario Women’s Health Council mid-career award as well as an Ontario Women’s Health Council career award.