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Winners of the 2013 American Urological Association Foundation Research Grants Program Announced

4/19/2013 9:40:04 AM

WASHINGTON (April 12, 2013)—AUGS and the AUGS Foundation are pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 AUGS Foundation Research Grants Program.

The AUGS Foundation Research Grants Program was created in 2006 to advance research in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, a field that provides consultation and comprehensive management to women with complex pelvic conditions, lower urinary tract disorders, and pelvic floor dysfunction.

The AUGS Foundation has awarded over $1.3 million in grants to AUGS members since 1998.

The following grants received funding:

AUGS Foundation and ICA IC/PBS Research Grant

Melinda Abernethy, MD

Northwestern University

The Biology of Irritative Bladder Symptoms: Urine Microbiota, Cytokine Profiles and Symptom Severity among Women with Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome

AUGS Foundation Faculty Research Award

Elizabeth Geller, MD

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Effect of Anticholinergics on Cognitive Function in the Elderly (ACE) Trial

AUGS Foundation Faculty Research Award (Awarded to an AUGS Research Scholar)

Una Lee, MD

Virginia Mason Medical Center

Cytoprotection of Urethral Tissues from Ischemia/Reperfusion Injury During Simulated Vaginal Delivery

AUGS Foundation Fellow Research Award

Kimberly Ferrante, MD

UCSD Medical Center

Vaginal Estrogen for the Prevention of Recurrent Urinary Tract Infection in Postmenopausal Women

AUGS Foundation Surgical Research Award

Tatiana Sanses, MD

Case Western Reserve School of Medicine

Pelvic Organ Prolapse Surgical Treatment Quality Measures

June Allyson Award

Meadow Good, MD

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Fibulin-5 Enhances Wound Healing in the Vaginal Vault

Thomas Benson Award in Neuromodulation

Lauren Cadish, MD

University of California, Irvine

Stimulation Latency Period and Optimal Cycling for Sacral Neuromodulation Patients

Alexis Dieter, MD

Duke University Medical Center

Investigating the Effects of Botulinum Toxin A on the Detrusor Smooth Muscle and Autonomic Nervous System in a Rat Model

Stephanie Pickett, MD

University of Oklahoma Health Science Center

Developing an Integrated InterStim Training Curriculum for Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellows

The AUGS Foundation Research Grants Program is made possible through the generous support from:

American Medical Systems, Inc.

Astellas Pharma US, Inc.

Medtronic, Inc.

Individual Donors

About AUGS

The American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS), founded in 1979, is the premier non-profit organization representing more than 1,500 members including practicing physicians, nurse practitioners, physical therapists, nurses and health care professionals, as well as researchers from many disciplines, all dedicated to improving female pelvic floor disorders. As the leader in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, AUGS promotes the highest quality patient care through excellence in education, research and advocacy. For more information, visit

About the AUGS Foundation

The AUGS Foundation, founded in 2001, strives to improve patients’ lives through the comprehensive support of research and public awareness that advances the prevention, treatment, and cure of female pelvic floor disorders. The Foundation serves the medical community by supporting promising, innovative research regarding the causes, prevention, cure, and treatment of pelvic floor disorders. The Foundation also focuses on women by supporting programs that raise public awareness about pelvic floor disorders, providing reliable information about effective treatments available and supporting the role specialists can play in women’s health care planning. Our patient Web site is the primary vehicle for communicating with women about pelvic floor disorders. Click here to view this site.

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