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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.
Workshop Proposals are due by February 16, 2015
Meet the Experts Roundtable submissions are due by March 2, 2015
Abstract submissions are due by April 2, 2015
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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Neuromodulation for OAB symptoms
Incontinence experts discuss the prevalence of refractory OAB and how Urgent® PC can help this undertreated population. To view the supplement:
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The potential role of stem cells in the treatment of urinary incontinence
Therapeutic Advances in Urology via PubMed
Voiding dysfunction encompasses a wide range of urologic disorders including stress urinary incontinence and overactive bladder that have a detrimental impact on the quality of life of millions of men and women worldwide. In recent years, we have greatly expanded our understanding of the pathophysiology of these clinical conditions. However, current gold standard therapies often provide symptomatic relief without targeting the underlying etiology of disease development. Recently, the use of stem cells to halt disease progression and reverse underlying pathology has emerged as a promising method to restore normal voiding function.
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Lifetime physical activity and female stress urinary incontinence
American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
To estimate whether moderate/severe stress urinary incontinence in middle-aged women is associated with overall lifetime physical activity (including leisure, household, outdoor, and occupational), as well as lifetime leisure (recreational), lifetime strenuous and strenuous activity during the teen years.
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MicroRNA-30d and microRNA-181a regulate HOXA11 expression in the uterosacral ligaments and are overexpressed in pelvic organ prolapse
Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine via PubMed
The balanced turnover of collagen is necessary to maintain the mechanical strength of pelvic supportive connective tissues. Homeobox A11 is a key transcriptional factor that controls collagen metabolism and homoeostasis in the uterosacral ligaments, and the deficient HOXA11 signaling may contribute to alterations in the biochemical strength of the USLs, leading to pelvic organ prolapse. However, it is unknown how HOXA11 transcripts are regulated in the USLs.
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Dynamic maximum urethral closure pressures measured by high-resolution manometry increase markedly after sling surgery
International Urogynecology Journal via Springer
The premise of midurethral sling surgery is to apply a tension-free vaginal tape in the midurethra that does not constrict the urethra at rest but stabilizes the urethra and prevents downward descent and opening of the urethra during stress maneuvers, but current technology has limitations in measuring urethral pressures during dynamic conditions. Our objective was to describe the change in maximum urethral closure pressures after MUS surgery using an 8F high-resolution manometry system that can measure urethral pressures during cough and strain maneuvers without migration or withdrawal limitations.
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Therapeutic abdominoplasty: Report of a case
International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
A 58 year old female presented with an excessive drooping belly and a concomitant minor umbilical stoma hernia, who suffered from chronic back pain, urinary incontinence, nerve atrophy of the low extremes, central-type obesity, gastric disorders, and spinal osteophytes who underwent abdominoplasty and umbilical hernia repair.
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Researchers associate CFS with symptoms of early menopause, gynecologic problems
Medical News Today
Chronic fatigue syndrome is a condition in which individuals experience continuous, severe tiredness, even after bed rest. As well as extreme fatigue, symptoms of the condition include muscle pain, joint pain, unrefreshing sleep, poor memory and concentration, tender lymph nodes in the armpit or neck, headache and frequent or recurring sore throat. A person is normally diagnosed with CFS if they have experienced at least four of these symptoms for 6 months or more.
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