Pituitary Research



Pituitary research involves hormones of the pituitary gland, including growth hormone (acromegaly) and adrenocorticotropic hormone (Cushing’s disease).


The following staff members are actively involved in pituitary research:

Dr. Ehud Ur

Dr. Jessica Mackenzie-Feder


Neuropituitary Program

The Neuropituitary (NP) program provides comprehensive treatment to patients with disorders of the pituitary gland. The specialists on our multidisciplinary team see patients with Acromegaly, Cushing’s Disease, Hypopituitarism, Non-functioning Adenomas, Prolactinomas as well as other types of pituitary disorders.  Patients must be referred by a doctor.  For further information, please contact our NP nurse at 604-682-2344 ext. 62413 or crystal.gagnon@vch.ca

Did you know?

The pituitary gland — your body’s “master gland” — is responsible for keeping your hormones in balance. About the size and shape of a kidney bean, the gland is located at the base of the brain, between the eyes.

How it works

If your doctor believes you may have a pituitary tumor or disorder, the first step is a referral to our clinic.  Pituitary disease can cause a wide range of disorders requiring testing, imaging and the care of various specialists – ophthalmologists, endocrinologists, neurosurgeons, ear nose and throat surgeons, neuroradiology, and radiotherapy.

Our Team

Vancouver’s Interdisciplinary Pituitary Group is a unique Canadian team that provides collaborative clinical care across multiple medical and surgical disciplines for those with disorders of the pituitary gland. They are based at St. Paul’s Hospital and Vancouver General Hospital and are affiliates of the University of British Columbia.

Our Patient Support Groups

Our pituitary clinic has an Acromegaly and Cushing’s support group that meets every 3-6 months in Vancouver, B.C.  If you would like more information please contact us.  Please also check the St. Paul’s Hospital Calendar for upcoming events.