​​The Society for Pelvic Research

The Duke Pelvic Medicine Research Consortium (PMRC) proudly presented:

The Pelvic Research Symposium
September 26th, 2015 ‐ Searle Conference Center, Duke University Medical Center


8:30-9:00          Registration/Coffee

Matthew O. Fraser, Ph.D., Duke University and Durham VA Medical Centers, Durham, NC
                        Opening Remarks
                        Pelvic visceral cross-sensitization

Sean M. Ward, Ph.D., University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno, NV
                       Role of interstitial cells in colonic motor activity and neuroeffector motor responses

10:10-10:20     Break

Sang Don Koh, Ph.D., University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno, NV
                       Role of PDGFRα+ cells during bladder filling

Maryrose P. Sullivan, Ph.D., Harvard University and VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, MA
                       Regulation of neurotransmission by myosin-V in visceral smooth muscle

11:30-12:00     Q&A, Panel Discussion

12:00-1:00       Lunch

Mary F. Barbe, Ph.D., Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
                       Evidence of sensorimotor reinnervation of genitourinary structures by lumbar originating nerves
                       after transfer to the anterior vesical pelvic nerve in a canine decentralized bladder model

1:35-2:10         Michael R. Ruggieri, Sr., Ph.D., Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
                       Urinary bladder reinnervation induced plasticity

2:10-2:20         Break

         Kelvin P. Davies, Ph.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
                       Fidgetin Like 2 expression modulates nerve regeneration and promotes recovery of urogenital
                       function after both spinal and peripheral nerve injury

2:55-3:30         Michael E. DiSanto, Ph.D., Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, Camden, NJ
                       Sphingosine-1-Phosphate signaling:  role in smooth muscle and neural regulation in the urogenital

3:30-4:05         Margot S. Damaser, Ph.D., Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland, OH
                       Pelvic floor biomechanics research: In vivo, in vitro and in silico

4:05-4:40         Q&A, Panel Discussion

4:40-5:00         Social/Coffee

Please register for this free event by sending an email indicating your attendance to


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