Anne M. Suskind, MD, MS, Assistant Professor, UCSF Department of Urology, has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Society of Urodynamics Female Pelvic Medicine & Urogenital Reconstruction (SUFU) for her work on the study of overactive bladder and urgency urinary incontinence. Her proposal, titled "The Impact of Frailty on the Treatment of Overactive Bladder in the Older Population” will focus on treatments for incontinence in this special population. Findings as a result of this study will be presented at the end of the research period which is anticipated to be February 2018 and correspond with the SUFU Winter Meeting. Also anticipated is the submission of a manuscript for publication in the official SUFU journal, Neurourology and Urodynamics, within the next two years. The award will be funded by Pfizer.
The mission of SUFU is to improve the art and science of Urology through basic and applied clinical research in urodynamics and neurourology, voiding function and dysfunction, female urology and pelvic floor dysfunction, and to disseminate and teach these concepts. The Society also fosters interdisciplinary dialogue and communication, promotion of the development of young scientists, and the development of scientific, educational, and professional activities through publications, meetings, and original activities to assist in the establishment of standards of care. The award of this grant is exemplary of this mission.
Dr. Suskind joined UCSF Urology in July, 2014. She runs a thriving urology clinic based at the Parnassus campus and brings with her a wealth of experience and background. Her clinical interests include urinary incontinence, vaginal mesh complications, urinary fistulas, interstitial cystitis, overactive bladder, neurourology, bladder dysfunction due to neurologic disease, and other forms of lower urinary tract dysfunction. The grant contributes to her long-term research goal to contribute to the quality and delivery of treatment strategies for patients with lower urinary tract dysfunction.