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Supporting Medical Research in the Community
The great news is that the funds raised from the competition in 2018 will help support research into Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (PFD). PDF can affect both men and women of all ages and is inconvenient, embarrassing and often uncomfortable – not just physically, but also mentally. However one thing PFD is not, is uncommon.
This research work will be led by Professor Kate Moore. Professor Moore is the Head of Department of Urogynaecology at UNSW, which provides clinical services at St George, Sutherland and Royal Women's Hospitals. With the collaboration of Colorectal Surgeon (Prof David Lubowski) and Urologist (Dr Bill Lynch), she established the Pelvic Floor Unit at St George Hospital in 1992, which has grown from 400 annual attendances to over 7,200 annual patient visits; now the largest combined service in the southern hemisphere. Hundreds of medical and nursing students (from UNSW and UTS) have trained with her, as well as numerous Honours and PhD students, yielding 137 peer reviewed publications and 3 textbooks.
Her main passion in the research field is Urge Incontinencea; women suffer from a disabling need to rush to the bathroom frequently, if they can’t reach the toilet quickly they leak urine onto their clothes, and they often get up to toilet at night leading to sleep deprivation and poor work productivity. Prof Moore has been involved in many studies to trial new types of treatment for this condition, and this field has had exciting new advances yielding better treatments.
However the CAUSE of urge incontinence remains poorly understood, and Prof Moore conducts laboratory studies in conjunction with professors at Pharmacology/ Physiology departments in UNSW and University of Wollongong, using both pig bladder specimens and human bladder cells, with several major advances being achieved in the last decade. Her second line of interest is the conservative (non-surgical) treatments of both incontinence and prolapse: the Pelvic Floor Unit is an internationally acclaimed centre for testing of new vaginal rings that correct these conditions without need for surgery.