International Experts Meet in Search for Cures to Underactive Bladder
BETHESDA, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On February 20 and 21, 2014, more than 100 physicians and other healthcare professionals from around the world met to discuss underactive bladder; a chronic, complex and debilitating disease affecting a person’s ability to empty their bladder fully. The NIH-funded conference titled “International Congress of Urologic Research and Education on Aging Underactive Bladder” (CURE-UAB) brought together some of the world’s top clinicians, researchers, and members of the government together to collaborate and promote advancement of underactive bladder research. The sold-out two day event held in Bethesda, MD was hosted by Beaumont Health System and supported by the National Institute on Aging and the Underactive Bladder Foundation.
“International Congress of Urologic Research and Education on Aging Underactive Bladder”
“This was a very diverse group of professionals brought together by a common desire to find ways to reduce suffering and heighten awareness of a neglected disease” said Michael Chancellor, M.D., director, neuro-urology, Beaumont Health System. “Currently, no medications or therapies have proven effective in the long-term treatment of underactive bladder. CURE-UAB is an early step to change the paradigm.”
CURE-UAB featured 14 guest lectures on wide ranging medical subjects related to the disease. On February 20th, a CURE-UAB award reception took place with honors given to patients and other stakeholders. CURE-UAB promoted participation by young medical graduates and medical students by encouraging them to present scientific papers and participate during the symposium. The scholarship program generated strong enthusiasm with recipients from six medical colleges participating.
The physical and psychological impact of underactive bladder can be devastating. Patients who suffer from underactive bladder are managed with in-dwelling catheters, clean intermittent catheterization or must wear diapers. As a result, underactive bladdder can lead to other conditions such as urinary tract infections, bladder stones, or, in severe cases, kidney damage.
A variety of white papers, publications, and other enduring materials will be released and feature both majority and minority opinions on topics expressed during CURE-UAB sessions. Additionally, the Underactive Bladder Foundation will feature selected presentation videos on it’s website.
About the Underactive Bladder Foundation
The Underactive Bladder Foundation is the only health association dedicated entirely to improving the quality of healthcare for underactive bladder. The foundation is a 501(c)3 publicly supported charity. To learn more, visit www.underactivebladder.org.