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Release: June 28, 2001
UI researchers awarded two grants to study pelvic floor dysfunction
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Researchers with University of Iowa Health Care have received
two major grants totaling more than $1.6 million from the National Institutes
of Health (NIH) to study pelvic floor dysfunction among women.
The NIH awarded $992,303 to the UI Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
to help establish the new Clinical Trials Network for Female Pelvic Floor
Disorders. A total of seven U.S. medical centers will comprise the network.
Ingrid Nygaard, M.D., associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, will
serve as principal investigator. Co-investigators include Karl Kreder, M.D.,
professor of urology, and Satish Rao, M.D., associate professor of internal
medicine. The goal of the network is to plan, coordinate and conduct multi-disciplinary,
collaborative, clinical research in areas of female pelvic floor dysfunction,
including urinary and fecal incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.
The NIH also awarded a second grant through the UI Department of Obstetrics
and Gynecology for $625,000 for a prospective study of the natural history
of pelvic organ prolapse, which is a sinking of the organs in the pelvis.
Nygaard will serve as principal investigator. Robert Wallace, M.D., professor
of epidemiology in the UI College of Public Health, will serve as co-investigator.
The research team will study the prevalence, incidence and risk factors of
pelvic organ prolapse.
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