Pelvic Floor Research Group Day

PFRG Day

The annual Pelvic Floor Research Day at the University of Michigan has become an important forum for the many researchers across the university to gather and exchange ideas and interests concerning the many ongoing projects at our institution. Each year we have convened investigators and staff for a day long series of presentations and discussion. We have had between 10 and 15 presentations each year with topic-focused discussion on future directions. Attendance each year has grown and in 2009 approximately over 60 attendees came from Medicine (OB/GYN, Urology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Anesthesiology, Pediatrics), Nursing and Nursing Research, Engineering, Biostatistics, Anatomy, Institute of Gerontology, Institute for Social Research, Institute for Research on Women and Gender and the School of Public Health.


PFRG Day 2018

Dr. Margo Damaser

The Pelvic Floor Research Group will hold its annual PFRG Day meeting on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at the Rackham School of Graduate Studies, 4th Floor Amphitheatre & Assembly Hall, at the University of Michigan. Dr. Margo Damaser, PhD, Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Cleveland Clinic and Senior Research Career Scientist at the Cleveland VA Medical Center, will give the keynote address. Her presentation is entitled "Biochemistry and Biomechanics of Pelvic Organ Prolapse." Dr. Damaser received her PhD in Bioengineering from the joint program of the University of California San Francisco and Berkeley in 1994. She is currently Professor of Molecular Medicine in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, and has joint appointments as Full Staff in the Biomedical Engineering Department of the Lerner Research Institute and the Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. She also is a Senior Research Career Scientist in the Advanced Platform Technology Center of the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center. For over 20 years, Dr. Damaser has lead a research lab conducting research on the causes of and treatments for pelvic floor disorders, including stress urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and fecal incontinence. She has developed and used animal models to test novel therapies with a focus on applying techniques from regenerative medicine to pelvic floor disorders. She uses the animal models to investigate the effects that comorbidities such as diabetes, obesity, age, and other pelvic floor disorders have on urinary incontinence and the response to regenerative therapies. Dr. Damaser is also developing several novel devices for improved diagnosis and treatment of incontinence. She holds one issued US Patent and has five pending US Patent applications. She has over 140 scientific peer-reviewed publications and has had continuous research funding from the VA and the NIH for 20 years, in addition to collaborative research grants from private foundations and several companies. Dr. Damaser is widely regarded as an international expert on urodynamics, models for studying female pelvic floor disorders, and new technologies in female urology and pelvic floor disorders.

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PFRG Day 2017

PFRG Day 2017 Group Photo

The Pelvic Floor Research Group held its annual PFRG Day meeting on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at the Rackham School of Graduate Studies, 4th Floor Amphitheatre & Assembly Hall, at the University of Michigan. Professor Kari Bø, a Physical Therapist and a world expert in Exercise Science at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Department of Sports Medicine in Oslo, Norway gave the keynote address. Her presentation was entitled "Physical activity and the pelvic floor: good or bad?" She also lectured the following morning at Grand Rounds on "Evidence for Pelvic Floor Muscle Training for Pelvic Organ Prolapse."

Pictures from PFRG Day 2017 can be viewed at our PFRG Smugmug Site

PFRG Day 2017 was sponsored by grants from NIH SCOR P50 HD44406 (ORWH SCOR Grants), the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), and The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan (OBGYN).

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PFRG Day 2016

Pelvic Floor Research Group Day Group Photo

The Pelvic Floor Research Group held its annual PFRG Day meeting on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 at Forum Hall in Palmer Commons at the University of Michigan. Dr. Matthew Barber from the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University gave the keynote address entitled "Making Better Predictions for Patients with Prolapse" and also lectured the following morning at Grand Rounds on "Innovations in Surgery: Lessons from Urogynecology."

Pictures from PFRG Day 2016 can be viewed at our PFRG Smugmug Site

PFRG Day 2016 was sponsored by grants from NIH SCOR P50 HD44406 (ORWH SCOR Grants), the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), and The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan (OBGYN).

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PFRG Day 2015

Pelvic Floor Research Group Day Group Photo

The Pelvic Floor Research Group held its annual PFRG Day meeting Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 at Forum Hall in Palmer Commons at the University of Michigan. Dr. Pamela Moalli from the University of Pittsburgh gave the keynote address and also lectured the following morning at Grand Rounds. Her talk was entitled "The Science Behind Prolapse Mesh Complications: How Can We Do Better?"

Pictures from PFRG Day 2015 can be viewed at our PFRG Smugmug Site

The 2015 PFRG Day was sponsored by grants from NIH SCOR P50 HD44406 (ORWH SCOR Grants), the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), and The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan (OBGYN).

2015 Resources:


PFRG Day 2014

Pelvic Floor Research Group Day Group Photo

The Pelvic Floor Research Group held its annual PFRG Day meeting Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 at Forum Hall in Palmer Commons at the University of Michigan. Dr. Paul Hodges from the University of Queensland gave the Keynote address and also lectured the following morning at Grand Rounds. His talk was entitled “Pelvic Floor Muscles, Breathing, Back Pain, Balance and Continence: What's the Link?” 

Pictures from PFRG Day 2014 can be viewed at our PFRG Smugmug Site

The 2014 PFRG Day was sponsored by grants from NIH SCOR P50 HD44406 (ORWH SCOR Grants) , Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), and The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (OBGYN)

2014 Resources:


PFRG Day 2013

Pelvic Floor Research Group Day Group Photo

The Pelvic Floor Research Group held its annual PFRG Day meeting Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 at Forum Hall in Palmer Commons at the University of Michigan. Dr. Linda Brubaker from Loyola University Chicago gave the Keynote address and also lectured the following morning at Grand Rounds. Her talk was entitled "There is a Urinary Microbiome – Who Knew???" 

Pictures from PFRG Day 2013 can be viewed at our PFRG Smugmug Site

The 2013 PFRG Day was sponsored by grants from NIH SCOR P50 HD44406 (ORWH SCOR Grants) , Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), and The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (OBGYN)

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PFRG Day 2012

Pelvic Floor Research Group Day Group Photo

The Pelvic Floor Research Group held its annual PFRG Day meeting Wednesday, February 8th, 2012 at Forum Hall in Palmer Commons at the University of Michigan. Dr. Ingrid Nygaard from the University of Utah gave the Keynote address and also lectured the following morning at Grand Rounds. Her talk was entitled "Physical Activity and Pelvic Floor Disorders." 

Pictures from PFRG Day 2012 can be viewed at our PFRG Smugmug Site

The 2012 PFRG Day was sponsored by grants from NIH SCOR P50 HD44406 (ORWH SCOR Grants) , Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), and The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (OBGYN)

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PFRG Day 2011

Pelvic Floor Research Group Day Group Photo

The Pelvic Floor Research Group held its annual PFRG Day meeting Wednesday, February 9th, 2011 at Forum Hall in Palmer Commons at the University of Michigan. Dr. Abdul Sultan from Croydon (Mayday) University Hospital in London gave the Keynote address and Dr. Ranee Thaker, from Croydon (Mayday) University Hospital in London, gave the Gosling Lecture at Grand Rounds the following morning. For more information about Drs Thaker and Sultan you can visit their website at: www.perineum.net/

Pictures from PFRG Day 2011 can be viewed at our PFRG Smugmug Site

The 2011 PFRG Day was sponsored by grants from NIH SCOR P50 HD44406 (ORWH SCOR Grants) , Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), The Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG), and The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (OBGYN)

2011 Resources:


PFRG Day 2010

Pelvic Floor Research Group Day Group Photo

The Pelvic Floor Research Group held its annual PFRG Day meeting Wednesday, February 3th, 2010 from 8am-4:30pm at Forum Hall in Palmer Commons. Peggy Norton, MD, from the University of Utah, was the featured keynote speaker discussing “Genetic Determinants of Pelvic Floor Disorders.” Dr. Norton is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Utah School of Medicine, and Chief of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery. Schedule of events and details can be found at the links provided below.

Pictures from PFRG Day 2010 can be viewed at our PFRG Smugmug Site

The 2010 PFRG Day was sponsored by grants from NIH SCOR P50 HD44406 (ORWH SCOR Grants) , Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), The Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG), and The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (OBGYN)

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 PFRG Day 2009

Pelvic Floor Research Group Day Group Photo

PFRG Day 2009 was held in Palmer Commons, which is centrally located on the UofM campus. This year Rebecca Rogers, MD, Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of New Mexico, was the keynote speaker and shared with us her research on pelvic floor disorders and vaginal childbirth. Key researchers in Urology, Public Health, Radiology, Nursing, Obstetrics and Urogynecology from the University of Michigan all gave presentations and we added a poster session expanding our ability to include even more students, faculty and staff to share their research and interests. Newcomers had the opportunity to see the expanse of pelvic floor research being conducted throughout the University. During lunch students and other participants had the opportunity to sit with conference presentors, investigators and staff to continue more intimate conversations and follow-up on the days preceedings.

The 2009 PFRG Day was sponsored by grants from NIH SCOR P50 HD44406 (ORWH SCOR Grants) , Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), The Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG), and The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (OBGYN)

2009 Resources:

Pictures from PFRG Day 2009 can be viewed at our PFRG Smugmug Site


PFRG Day 2008

(2008 PFRG Day Schedule)


PFRG Day 2006

Pelvic Floor Research Group Day Group Photo

(2006 PFRG Day Schedule)


PFRG Day 2005

(2005 PFRG Day Schedule)


PFRG Day 2004

Pelvic Floor Research Group Day Group Photo

(2004 PFRG Day Schedule)


PFRG Day 2003

Pelvic Floor Research Group Day Group Photo

(2003 PFRG Day Schedule)