This is a story that caught the eye of Z Urology, and should raise the eyebrows of many (in a good way). Oddly enough, The U.S. Department of Defense, yes the Department of Defense, you read that correctly, has awarded a $3.86 million grant to Beaumont Urology researchers to develop a simple screening tool to speed diagnoses leading to new treatments for chronic bladder condition, interstitial cystitis.
The study is being led by Laura Lamb, Ph.D., the director of Translational Urology Research, Beaumont Research Institute. The DOD grant is among the largest ever received by a Beaumont research team. If you’re wondering why they granted this.
“Interstitial cystitis can affect an individual’s ability to serve his or her country,” said Dr. Lamb, also an associate professor at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. “Our hope is that we can help with military readiness, as well as the general well-being and health of services members.”
People with the chronic bladder condition experience frequent urination, the urgency to urinate, and intense pain in the bladder or pelvic region. As a result, they find it difficult to get a good night’s sleep, have & maintain meaningful social connections, or even keep a job. Many are actually on disability for this condition.
According to Richard H. Kennedy, Ph.D., vice president and director of the Beaumont Research Institute.
“Based on competitive peer-review, Dr. Lamb and her team have received significant federal funding for their research that targets development of a novel diagnostic urine test and machine learning to facilitate rapid diagnosis and thus clinical management of IC. Machine Learning teaches computers to learn without being programmed. This award continues the long-standing success and impact of our urology research laboratory.”
Currently, IC is treated with a patchwork of medications. The condition affects between 4 to 12 million Americans. And this includes 3 to 8 million women. Many of those are in their 30s, 40s, and 50s, although IC affects most people for life.
Z Urology is excited to see progress on this. Please keep in mind that Z Urology specializes in all urologic procedures, specifically, minimally invasive methods. Procedures include bladder issues, erectile dysfunction (ED), prostate issues, urinary incontinence, sexual dysfunction, stone disease, BPH, male infertility, pyeloplasty, Peyronie’s disease, and ureteral reimplantation.
If you are in need of a urologist in South Florida, then contact Z Urology for a team that is dedicated to delivering world-class expertise in urology, along with an unwavering commitment to their patients. Our three locations to choose from are located in Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs and Pompano Beach.