​​The Society for Pelvic Research

our bylaws


The Society for Pelvic Research will be the premier professional organization for career basic and translational scientists interested in benign urogenital, distal gut and pelvic floor research.

It will promote multidisciplinary interaction, intellectual cross-fertilization, networking for collaboration and career development through the regular dissemination of information via online resources, annual meetings and workshops, and published guidelines and standards for basic and translational science research.

Matthew O. Fraser, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Surgery, Division of Urology
Duke University and Durham VA Medical Centers

Vice President

​2017 Annual Meeting Planning Committee Chair
Sean M. Ward, Ph.D.

Department of Physiology and Cell Biology
University of Nevada School of Medicine

Maryrose P. Sullivan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Surgery
Harvard Medical School and VA Boston Healthcare System

Carol A. Podlasek, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Urology
University of Illinois at Chicago

Business Operations Committee Chair
Michael E. DiSanto, Ph.D.

Chair, Professor
Department of Biomedical Sciences
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University

Membership Committee Chair
Margot S. Damaser, Ph.D.

Department of Biomedical Engineering (ND20)
Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute

Awards Committee Chair
Steven D. Abramowitch, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Departments of Bioengineering and Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
Center for Biotechnology and Bioengineering
University of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Online Presence Committee Chair

​Johanna L. Hannan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Physiology

The Brody School of Medicine
East Carolina University


Trainee Affairs Committee Chair

​Brian M. Balog, B.S., Ph.D. Student

​Integrated Bioscience Graduate Student

Lerner Research Institute at the Cleveland Clinic

and The University of Akron


Members at Large

Lori A. Birder, Ph.D.
Departments of Medicine and Pharmacology & Chemical Biology
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Kelvin P. Davies, Ph.D.
Departments of Urology and Physiology & Biophysics
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Sang D. Koh, Ph.D.
Department of Physiology and Cell Biology
University of Nevada, School of Medicine

Michael R. Ruggieri, Sr., Ph.D.
Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology
Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

To promote the highest standards of basic and translational science research directed toward understanding benign pelvic visceral and musculoskeletal function and dysfunction through education, interaction, and advocacy.


The Board of Directors