Innovative Clinical and Translational Research Programs

Research Programs

Innovative Clinical and Translational Research Programs

We believe that clinical and translational research programs are essential to improving clinical care and outcomes for the millions of women suffering from pelvic floor disorders. We are working to translate promising research advances into more effective treatment approaches and prevention strategies for our patients. Northwestern Medicine’s urogynecology team possess the essential expertise for breakthrough clinical and translational research that will advance the science associated with pelvic floor disorders and will improve outcomes for women afflicted with these conditions. Our physicians have extensive experience as leaders in surgical trials and patient-reported outcomes research and have published their work in well-respected medical journals such as The New England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of the American Medical Association, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Journal of Urology, The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Journal of Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery.

On-going research opportunities are listed below. For more information, please visit the Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery–Urogynecology Research Site.

Urinary Incontinence Studies

  • Sling and Intravesical Injections for Mixed Urinary Incontinence Study (SLIM)
  • Fibroids and Urinary Symptoms Study (FUSS)
  • Sacral Neuromodulation and Urinary Microbiome Study

Fecal Incontinence Studies

  • Sacroneuromodulation in Dual (Urinary and Fecal) Incontinence (SaNDI)

Maternal Pelvic Floor Outcomes after Childbirth Studies

  • Vaginal Electrosimulation for Postpartum Recovery Study (VESPR)
  • Bump on a Ball
  • The GRANT (Granulation Tissue) Study

As a site known for innovative research initiation, we are afforded with the inclusion in several national, multi-center networks. These networks collaboratively design, implement and publish high-impact research pursuits. Here is a list of our active network collaborations:

  • Lower Urinary Tract Research Network (LURN) (NIH funded)
  • American Urogynecologic Society Research Network

Please visit Northwestern Medicine Urogynecology Research to learn more.