About us

The UCSF Bixby Center advances reproductive health policy and practice worldwide through research, training and advocacy.

There are 3 billion women, men and adolescents of reproductive age worldwide facing challenges to their sexual and reproductive health. Research is urgently needed to develop new and improved solutions to the world’s most pressing reproductive health needs.

Since the Bixby Center’s founding 19 years ago, our research has changed policy, clinical care and laws for the better. Our work informs evidence-based reproductive and sexual health policies, treatment and care guidelines to save women’s lives around the world. For example, the Bixby Center has decades of experience in evaluating the safety, efficacy and acceptability of new contraceptives. Our researchers have played a part in testing every contraceptive method currently approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. We also conducted key research allowing emergency contraceptive pills to be sold in the US without a prescription.

The Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health—a program at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)— leads research and training programs around the world to improve reproductive and sexual health. We work to ensure that women have the power to plan their families through access to safe and effective birth control, abortion services, sex education, and childbirth and HIV/AIDS care—regardless of their age, ethnicity, income, or where they live.