California Family Health Council's (CFHC) Research Center is recognized as one of the leading contraceptive research centers in the United States. For over thirty years, CFHC has conducted advanced clinical research related to the safety, acceptability and efficacy of new contraceptive methods including cervical caps, vaginal sponges, male and female condoms, IUDs, contraceptive rings, fertility monitors and microbicides.
As one of fourteen institutional members of the National Institutes of Health’s Contraceptive Clinical Trials Network, we have conducted research studies for California's Office of Family Planning, Family Health International (FHI), CONRAD, PATH, Kaiser Permanente, Merck Foundation, and The California Wellness Foundation. CFHC's Research Center also conducts research for biotech and pharmaceutical corporations to help bring new methods to market. We have published dozens of articles in peer-reviewed journals.
Our Los Angeles and Berkeley offices are comprised of over 20 highly qualified and experienced research professionals with expertise in OB-GYN, family planning, epidemiology, biostatistics, study design, project management, analysis and reporting.
CFHC conducts its research investigations in collaboration with experienced community clinics and private medical practices throughout California. CFHC’s senior investigators, Dr. Anita Nelson, Ron Frezieres, and Terri Walsh have managed contraceptive trials collaboratively for over 30 years. Read their bios.