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AUGS Membership Spotlight — Anita Krishna Das, M.D.

Anita Krishna Das, M.D.
AUGS is proud to highlight the contributions of individuals who have been members of AUGS for 20 or more years.

Anita Krishna Das has been an active member of AUGS for 20 years. One of her great career accomplishments is passing the FPMRS Boards. Das has been attending the AUGS Annual Scientific Meeting since her first year of post-graduate education. Click here to read Anita Krishna Das' complete Membership Spotlight, which includes a hilarious anecdote involving other AUGS members during their early days as Fellows.
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The 2015 Call for Abstracts, Meet the Experts Roundtables, and Workshops is now open
AUGS is now accepting submissions for 2015 abstracts, Meet the Experts Roundtable Breakfast topics, and Workshops. Submit your work or topic for inclusion at the AUGS Annual Scientific Meeting, PFD Week, in Seattle from Oct. 13-17, 2015.
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Exciting 2015 research opportunities for AUGS members
AUGS, with the support of the PFD Research Foundation, has created a multi-center research network for AUGS junior faculty members. In its inaugural year, the Junior Faculty Research Network (JFRN) will conduct a study focused on neuromodulation.

An advisory board of senior advisers will oversee the progress of the Network. Monthly conference calls will include research training and education topics in addition to facilitating protocol development and implementation of a multicenter research project focused on neuromodulation. Individuals from both academic and community hospitals are encouraged to participate. Applicants do not have to have a history of previous research funding, nor are they required to have been involved in multicenter studies in the past. Junior faculty members eligible for the JFRN are within 6 years of fellowship graduation. Click here for additional information.

The application period is now open for the PFD Research Foundation Grants. Foundation research funds are made available to qualified ob/gyn and urology fellows and junior faculty to pursue their research question. Goals of this research grant program are to support the completion of research projects which will lead to publication and presentation at future AUGS Annual Scientific Meetings and to support the development of junior researchers in the field who will go on to obtain additional funding for future research on pelvic floor disorders. For detailed information about the grants program and to apply, visit the PFD Research Foundation website.

The application period for both the JFRN and PFD Research Foundation Grant Cycle will close on March 2.

The AUGS Junior Faculty Research Network and the PFD Research Foundation Grants Program are made possible through the generous support of American Medical Systems, Astellas, Medtronic and our individual donors.

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ALLERGAN is continuing to research and develop new treatments for urogynecologists and urologists. In fact, that devotion is demonstrated by our considerable investment to address the continuum of care for patients with Overactive Bladder.

Comprehensive Review Course registration is now open
The 2015 Comprehensive Review Course will be held March 27 and 28 in Dallas. This course is presented by AUGS and SUFU and will provide a state-of-the-art review of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. It has been designated for 21.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. To register for the Review Course, or for more information, click here.
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Remember to renew your AUGS dues
It is that time of year when we reflect on our many accomplishments, consider future goals and most importantly — renew our AUGS dues. As the leader in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, AUGS is committed to advancing the highest quality patient care through excellence in education, research and advocacy. Your continued membership in AUGS is vital to our ability to accomplish this mission and continue to make an impact in the lives of women suffering from pelvic floor disorders.

To renew your membership online, visit If you require a paper invoice to renew, please contact AUGS at

After you have completed the dues renewal process, please check your membership profile to verify that all contact and demographic information is correct and make any necessary updates so that other members and potential patients have the information they need to reach you. By keeping your member profile up to date, you are guaranteed access to all of the exclusive benefits an AUGS membership offers.

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Office-based Neuromodulation for OAB
Leslie Wooldridge, GNP-BC, explains how to deliver Urgent® PC in an efficient way with shared or staggered treatments. To view the practice tip: CLICK HERE
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Acupuncture for adults with overactive bladder: A systematic review protocol
BMJ Open via PubMed
Overactive bladder is a symptom syndrome defined by the International Continence Society as "the presence of urinary urgency (both daytime and nighttime), usually accompanied by increased frequency and nocturia with or without urge urinary incontinence in the absence of a urinary tract infection or other obvious pathology." Clinical studies indicate that acupuncture could reduce micturition over 24 h, urgency episodes over 24 h, and improve quality of life among people with OAB. This systematic review protocol details the proposed methods for evaluating the effectiveness and safety of acupuncture for OAB.
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Noninvasive prediction of shunt operation outcome in idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus
Scientific Reports
Idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus is a syndrome characterized by gait disturbance, cognitive deterioration and urinary incontinence in elderly individuals. These symptoms can be improved by shunt operation in some but not all patients. Therefore, discovering predictive factors for the surgical outcome is of great clinical importance. We used normalized power variance of electroencephalography waves, a sensitive measure of the instability of cortical electrical activity, and found significantly higher NPV in beta frequency band at the right fronto-temporo-occipital electrodes (Fp2, T4 and O2) in shunt responders compared to non-responders.
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Effect of pelvic floor muscle training compared with watchful waiting in older women with symptomatic mild pelvic organ prolapse: Randomized controlled trial in primary care
The objective of this study was to compare the effects of pelvic floor muscle training and watchful waiting on pelvic floor symptoms in a primary care population of women aged 55 years and over with symptomatic mild pelvic organ prolapse.
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Anticholinergic cycling not effective in OAB with UI
The adage, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again," does not appear to hold true when it comes to anticholinergic drug use in overactive bladder patients with urinary incontinence, recent study results indicate. With several anticholinergic agents available to treat OAB patients with urinary incontinence, opinions vary as to how many should be tried, first author Michael Chancellor, M.D., explained to Urology Times.
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FDA: Overactive bladder a common problem
HealthDay News via WebMD
More than 33 million Americans suffer from overactive bladder, including 40 percent of women and 30 percent of men, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. There are numerous approved treatments for the condition, but many people don't seek help because they're embarrassed or don't know about therapy options, according to an agency news release.
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