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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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