Multidisciplinary Approach to the Study of Chronic Pelvic Pain Research Network
To help better understand the underlying causes of the two most prominent chronic urological pain syndromes—interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome (IC/PBS) and chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS)—the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has launched a new and novel research study.
The NIDDK’s Multidisciplinary Approach to the Study of Chronic Pelvic Pain (MAPP) Research Network embraces a systemic—or whole-body—approach in the study of IC/PBS and CP/CPPS. In addition to moving beyond traditional bladder- and prostate-specific research directions, MAPP Network scientists are investigating potential relationships between these two urological syndromes and other chronic conditions that are sometimes seen in IC/PBS and CP/CPPS patients, such as irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome.
The multidisciplinary (i.e., scientists employing a variety of research approaches) MAPP Network includes researchers with clinical, epidemiological, and basic research expertise, all working collaboratively.