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Research interests -biological-

Birthing complications resulting from cervical noncompliance are still a significant contributing factor to birth defects and disabilities. Despite this strong indication, we still do not understand the basic physiology of cervical ripening in women and the hormones that are involved. Furthermore, tests do not yet exist that will predict whether cervical complications are about to develop. To make some progress and advancement in this area will require the kind of basic research done in my laboratory. Some of the projects developing in the lab include:

  • Determining the enzymes (collagenases) involved in remodeling the pregnant cervix
  • Do women with an incompetent cervix have altered relaxin levels?
  • Relaxin receptor regulation in the cervix

Research interests -education / human resources-

Dr. Lobb and co-principal investigator Dr. Zeytinoglu (DeGroote School of Business) recently obtained a 5-year C.I.H.R. grant to study the career path and professional life of Canadian midwives. They will be following cohorts of midwifery students at the six Canadian universities that offer a baccalaureate degree in midwifery so as to recommend policies that increase student retention. Similarly midwives already working will be surveyed about intent to stay in the profession, remuneration models, work-life balance etc. again with the aim of recommending policies that encourage the retention of midwives in the health care workforce. Preliminary results and updates can be found on their web-site:

Selected publications

  1. Neiterman, E. and Lobb, D.K.(2014) Women centred but not women-friendly: understanding student attrition in the Ontario Midwifery Education Program. Gender, Work and Organization. 21 (3): 244- 259.
  2. Neiterman, E., Wilson, R. and Lobb, D.K.(2013) Student attrition in the Ontario Midwifery Education Program: A qualitative analysis -part II. Personal  Issues. Canadian Journal of Midwifery Research & Practice 12 (2):30-36.
  3. Wilson, R., Neiterman, E. and Lobb, D.K.(2013) Student attrition in the Ontario Midwifery Education Program: A qualitative analysis -I. Personal Issues. Canadian Journal of Midwifery Research & Practice 12 (1):32-40.
  4. Wilson, R., Eva, K. and Lobb, D.K.  (2013) Student attrition in the Ontario midwifery education programme.  Midwifery 29: 579-584.
  5. Niles, L.P., Lobb, D.K., Kang, N.Y. and Armstrong, K.J.(2012) Resistin expression in human granulosa cells. Endocrine 42: 742-745.
  6. Kong, R.C., Shilling, P.J., Lobb, D.K., Gooley, P.R., Bathgate, R.A. (2010) Membrane receptors: Structure and function of the relaxin family peptide receptors. Mol Cell Endocrinol. 320: 1 – 15.
  7. Lobb, D.K.(2009) Expression of transforming growth factor genes during human follicular development. Fertil. Steril. 92: 1080 -1084.
  8. Lobb, D.K.and Butler, R.G. (2009) Problem-based learning in a Canadian midwifery programme. Br. J. Midwif. 17: 45-47.
  9. Younglai, EV Yanjing, W, Foster, WG, Lobb, DKand Price, TM. Binding of progesterone to cell surfaces of human granulosa-lutein cells. J.Ster. Biochem. Mol. Biol. 101: 61-67. 2006.
  10. Lobb, DKand Younglai, EV. A simplified method for preparing IVF granulosa cells for culture. J. Assist. Reprod. Gen. 23: 93-95. 2006.

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Faculty of Health Sciences:

Derek Lobb, PhD
Associate Professor

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Dr. Lobb is an associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at McMaster University. He developed the science courses for the Ontario MEP (Anatomy & Physiology and Human Reproductive Physiology) when it began in 1993. He has since taught the latter course at Ryerson University, Laurentian University, the University of Manitoba and continuosly at McMaster. His observations on student retention provided the impetus to create a second area of research, that being career development of midwives.