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Understanding Urologic Health in Women Across the Lifespan

October 29, 2014 - October 30, 2014

Women and girls are disproportionately affected by bladder health issues like urinary incontinence and urinary tract infections, which can significantly disrupt daily life. In October 2014, SWHR convened an interdisciplinary scientific roundtable focused on understanding urologic health in women across the lifespan. The roundtable included 15 researchers and clinicians from disciplines ranging including urology, urogynecology, pediatric urology, epidemiology, cellular and molecular biology, genetics, gerontology, and more. This roundtable participants authored a report, Expert Panel Recommendations on Lower Urinary Tract Health of Women Across Their Life Span, published in November 2016 in the Journal of Women’s Health. The roundtable laid the foundation for SWHR’s Network on Urological Health in Women.


October 29, 2014
October 30, 2014
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  • Review urologic conditions prevalent during the key stages of a woman’s life from infancy to old age
  • Identify critical research gaps in the area of epidemiology, basic and clinical research
  • Identify ways to prevent urologic conditions during the key stages of a woman’s lifespan
  • Address psychosocial, physical and QOL related challenges faced by women with urologic conditions
  • Discuss public policy and community outreach efforts to prevent urologic conditions in women

Roundtable Participants

  • Cindy Amundsen, MD, Duke University
  • James Ashton-Miller, PhD, University of Michigan
  • Margot Damaser, PhD, Cleveland Clinic
  • Matthew Fraser, PhD, Duke University
  • Toby Chai, MD, Yale School of Medicine
  • Michael DiSanto, PhD, Rowan University
  • George Kuchel, MD, University of Connecticut
  • Alan Wolfe, PhD, Loyola University
  • Roger R. Dmochowski, MD, MMHC, FACS, Vanderbilt University
  • Heidi S. Harvie, MD, MSCE, University of Pennsylvania
  • Leslee S. Subak, MD, UCSF
  • Cara Tannebaum, MD, MSc., Centre de recherche, IUGM
  • Candace Parker-Autry, MD, Wake Forest School of Medicine
  • Clare Close, MD, Close Pediatric Urology
  • Stephanie Kielb, MD, Northwestern University
  • George Kuchel, MD, University of Connecticut
  • Elizabeth Mueller, MD, Loyola University