​​The Society for Pelvic Research

The Second Annual Meeting of The Society for Pelvic Research 2017

     When - December 2-3, 2017 (Trainee Workshop on the Evening of December 1, 2017)

     Where - Harrah's Reno, 219 N Center St, Reno, NV 89501

In proud partnership with the International Continence Society

Supported by a Generous Contribution from The Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute at Cleveland Clinic


Program Highlights   

SPR Trainee Workshop, December 1, 2017


   Workshop Leader - Dr. Johanna L. Hannan, PhD, East Carolina University

        "Preparing for Life Post-PhD: Navigating the Job Search" 

SPR 2017 Main Meeting, December 2-3, 2017

   Key Note Speaker - Dr. Aria F. Olumi, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital

​        "Personalizing Management of BPH"

​​   Key Note Speaker - Dr. James A. Ashton-Miller, PhD, University of Michigan

        "On Pressing Female Pelvic Floor Problems: A Biomechanics Viewpoint" 

   State of the Art Speaker & International Continence Society Lecturer - Dr. Christopher H. Fry, PhD, University of Bristol, UK

        "Fibrosis and the Bladder: Implications for Function"

   State of the Art Speaker - Dr. Hamid I. Akbarali, PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University

        "The Guts of the Opioid Crisis: Role of the Microbiome"

​   Special Guest Speaker - Dr. Gene F. Civillico, PhD, National Institute of Health Common Fund, SPARC

        "NIH SPARC: Mapping the Neural Control of Organ Function"

   Special Guest Speaker and Patient Advocate - Ms. Sherrie J. Palm, APOPS Founder/CEO

        "Comorbidities, Behavior, and Lifestyle: The POP Missing Links"

   SPR 2017 Trainee Presentation Award Recipients

      Best Student Oral Presentations

        - Mr. Trevor C. Hunt (Medical Student) – “Short-term high fat diet induces increased detrusor contractility independent of                   mitochondrial dysfunction in C57BL/6N males”
        - Mr. Nicholas Dias (Graduate Student) – “Assessment of aging related changes in the innervation of the external anal                           sphincter based on motor unit action potential quantitative analysis”

      Best Research Fellow Oral Presentation
        - Dr. Bernard Drumm, PhD – “The firing of intracellular Ca2+ waves in mouse urethral smooth muscle relies on a store                         operated Ca2+ entry pathway to sustain Ca2+ release from ER stores”

      Best Poster Presentation
        - Ms. Jennifer C. McMains (Undergraduate Student) – “Inflammatory cytokine interleukin 1 beta increases apoptosis in                         dissociated major pelvic ganglia neurons”

   SPR 2017 Highest Ranked Abstracts
        - Doreen Chang MA, et al., "Prophylactic Treatment Markedly Improves Bladder Capacity following Pelvic Radiation"
        - Caroline A. Cobine PhD, et al., "Regulation of tone in the IAS by phasic events: role of L-type calcium channels and stretch"
        - Marah Hehemann MD, et al., "Cavernous nerve crush injury increases apoptosis in a time dependent manner in the entire                 pelvic plexus"
        - Shelby A. Powers BA, et al., "Pelvic neuron apoptosis leads to impaired bladder contractility in a rat model of prostatic                     radiation"
        - Yi Wang PhD, et al., "Evidence of hyperglycemic memory following diabetic bladder disease"