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Introducing the Open Call Peer Review Project
In an effort to expand the universe of research viewpoints expressed in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, the journal editors are launching an innovative pilot project: Open Call Peer Review!

Although the process for researchers to submit their latest papers to Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery is simple, the reviews are by invitation-only. In an effort to reach out to everyone in the FPMRS community, the journal editors are opening up the peer review process. Open Call Peer Review aims to incorporate new reviewers—and their unique perspectives—into the article selection process of our journal.

As this is a pilot project, only authors who consent to this process will have their papers included in the Open Call Peer Review project. Participation is entirely voluntary. Please note that only manuscript titles will appear on this blog; author names will not be posted nor will the manuscript itself. The manuscript titles will be posted as they become available for peer review.

Readers who are interested in becoming reviewers for Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery are invited to peruse the posted manuscript titles for the Open Call Peer Review project and email Alfred Bent at In your email please include:
  • Title of the manuscript that you wish to review
  • Prior peer reviewing experience
  • Areas of expertise
  • Conflicts of interest
  • CV as attachment
Requests will be evaluated and responded to on a first-come first-served basis.

Please check this blog often for new titles posted to the Open Call Peer Review project! You can also subscribe to the RSS feed on the journal website to get news of new manuscript titles.
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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 and Meet the Experts Roundtable Breakfast topics.
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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Comprehensive Review Course Registration is Now Open
The 2015 Comprehensive Review Course will be held in Dallas, TX from March 27-28. 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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Cost utility of the treatment of stress urinary incontinence
Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery via PubMed
A decision analysis model was created to compare nonsurgical and surgical treatment options for women with SUI. Decision paths included conservative management, pelvic floor physical therapy, PFMT with electrical stimulation, incontinence pessary, and surgical treatment. A Markov model cohort analysis was performed with a cycle length of 1 year starting at age 45 years with a lifetime horizon. Probabilities, success rates, and utilities were obtained from the literature when available or by expert opinion. Cost-utility analysis was performed using US recommendations from a societal perspective. Cost data were obtained from Medicare reimbursement in 2012 US dollars.
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Pelvic organ prolapse and incontinence 15-23 years after 1st delivery: A cross-sectional study
BJOG via PubMed
To study the association between pelvic floor dysfunction and mode of delivery and to calculate the risks of PFD comparing caesarean delivery and operative vaginal delivery to normal vaginal delivery 15-23 years after childbirth. A subgroup analysis comparing forceps and vacuum delivery was planned.
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Pelvic organ prolapse is associated with alteration of sphingosine-1-phosphate/Rho-kinase signaling pathway in human vaginal wall
Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology via Informa
Pelvic organ prolapse is a debilitating condition of unknown aetiology affecting 50 percent of women over 40 years of age. In POP patients, the vaginal walls are weakened allowing descent of pelvic organs through the vagina. We sought to determine if sphingosine-1-phosphate signaling, which regulates smooth muscle contractility and apoptosis via the RhoA/Rho-kinase pathway, is altered in the vagina of women with POP. Utilizing anterior vaginal wall specimens, we provide novel demonstration of the S1P pathway in this organ.
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The feasibility of clean intermittent self-catheterization teaching in an outpatient setting
Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery via PubMed
This was a prospective observational study of 55 women who planned surgical correction of POP and/or UI. All women were taught CISC as part of their preoperative education. The ability to learn CISC and the amount of time needed to teach CISC were recorded. Multivariate modeling, χ test, Fisher exact test, and Kruskal-Wallis analysis of variance were used for statistical analysis.
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Internet-based treatment of stress urinary incontinence: 1- and 2 years results of a randomized controlled trial with focus on pelvic floor muscle training
BJU International via Wiley
Randomized controlled trial with online recruitment of 250 community-dwelling women aged 18-70 years with SUI ≥1/week. Diagnosis based on validated self-assessed questionnaires, 2-day bladder diary, and telephone interview with a urotherapist. Consecutive computer-generated block-randomization with allocation by an independent administrator to 3 months of treatment with either an Internet-based treatment program (n=124) or a program sent by post (n=126). Both interventions focused mainly on PFMT; the Internet group received continuous e-mail support from a urotherapist, whereas the postal group trained on their own.
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1st vaginal insert for fecal incontinence clears FDA
The US Food and Drug Administration has cleared for marketing the Eclipse System for treatment of fecal incontinence in adult women who have had four or more FI episodes in a two-week period. The device includes an inflatable balloon, which is placed in the vagina. When inflated, the balloon puts pressure through the vaginal wall onto the rectal area, thereby reducing the number of FI episodes.
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