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Path to Prevention of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (LUTS) in Women: Bladder Health

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Meeting Objectives

Urinary incontinence and other lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) in women are common, costly, and consequential and are associated with common medical conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. To date, the majority of public and private research efforts have focused on management and treatment of severe symptoms. Exploring the potential role of prevention efforts to reduce the impact of LUTS on women represents a new direction in women's urologic health research, one with the potential to benefit a high proportion of women. The NIDDK-sponsored workshop "Path to Prevention of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (LUTS) in Women: Bladder Health" will bring together medical, nursing, physical therapy, patient education, behavior change, epidemiology, public health, and prevention experts in a scientific workshop framed around defining bladder health as a first step along this path. The objectives for this workshop are to:

  • Review what we know, what we don't know, and what we need to know about healthy bladder behaviors and risk factors for LUTS in women.
  • Describe the essential features of NIH prevention research.
  • Identify key features and challenges of implementing a research program in prevention of LUTS in women.
  • Review current evidence for LUTS prevention educational interventions and discuss the level of evidence needed for specific aspects of the intervention.

The goal of this workshop is to provide a scientific background that can inform research to identify and establish modifiable risk factors for LUTS in women and help lay the foundation for future prevention studies.

Organizing Committ​ee

Ananias Diokno, M.D.
Professor of Urology, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and Physician, Beaumont Health System, Detroit, MI

Clare Close, M.D., FAAP, FACS
Pediatric Urologist, Close Pediatric Urology, Las Vegas, NV

Emily "Mimi" Lukacz, M.D., M.A.S.
Professor of Clinical Reproductive Medicine and Director, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship Program, University of California San Diego Health Systems, San Diego, CA

Richard Roberts, M.D., J.D.
Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Marjorie Jenkins, M.D.
Professor, Division of Gender-Specific Women's Health, Department of Internal Medicine, Director and Chief Scientific Officer, Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health, and Associate Dean for Women in Health and Science, Rush Endowed Chair of Excellence in Women's Health and Oncology, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Amarillo, TX

Mary H. Palmer, Ph.D., R.N.C., FAAN
Helen W. and Thomas L. Umphlet Distinguished Professor in Aging, School of Nursing, and Interim Co-director of the University of North Carolina Institute on Aging, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

Jennifer Hebert-Beirne, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Community Health Sciences, University of Illinois School of Public Health, Chicago, IL

Susan Hall, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist, Department of Epidemiology, New England Research Institutes, Watertown, MA

Tamara Bavendam, M.D., M.S.
Senior Scientific Officer and Program Director, Women's Urologic Health, Division of Kidney, Urologic, and Hematologic Diseases, NIDDK

Lisa Begg, D.P.H., R.N.
Office of Women's Health, HHS Denise Simons-Morton, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.
Senior Advisor, Office of Disease Prevention, OD, NIH

Carolyn Sampselle, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN
Carolyne K. Davis Collegiate Professor of Nursing and Director, Community Engagement Program, Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research, Division of Health Promotion and Risk Reduction, University of Michigan School of Nursing, Ann Arbor, MI

Jennifer Anger, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Director of Urological Research, Associate Professor of Urology and
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Urology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA

Diane Newman, D.N.P., A.N.P.-B.C., F.A.A.N.
Co-director, Penn Center for Continence and Pelvic Health, Division of Urology,
University of Pennsylvania Medical Center; and Adjunct Associate Professor of Urology in Surgery and Research Investigator Senior, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Diane Borello-France, Ph.D., P.T.
Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, Duquesne University; and Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Alayne Markland, D.O., M.Sc.
Associate Professor of Medicine; Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care; University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL

Ann Stapleton, M.D.
Professor of Medicine, Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Lee Alekel, Ph.D.
Program Officer, Division of Extramural Research, NCCAM

Martha Matocha, Ph.D.
Team Lead, Biology of Symptoms, Office of Extramural Programs, NINR

Wendy Nilsen, Ph.D.
Health Scientist Administrator, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, OD, NIH

Susan Meikle, M.D., M.S.P.H.
Program Scientist, Pelvic Floor Disorders Network, Gynecologic Health and Disease Branch, NICHD

Estella Parrott, M.D., M.P.H.
Medical Officer, Gynecologic Health and Disease Branch, NICHD

Marcel Salive, M.D., M.P.H.
Medical Officer, Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology, NIA

Mary Worstell, M.P.H.
Senior Advisor, Office on Women's Health, HHS

Susan Yanovski, M.D.
Co-Director, Office of Obesity Research, Chief, Nutritional Sciences Branch, Executive Director, Clinical Obesity Research Panel, Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition, NIDDK

Event Logistics


Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
999 Ninth Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001

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Program Contact
Tamara G. Bavendam, M.D., M.S.
T: 301-594-4733

Meeting Logistics
Angela Meadows
The Scientific Consulting Group, Inc.
T: 301-670-4990

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