Calgary Women’s Pelvic Health Research Group

The Calgary Women’s Pelvic Health Research Group is a dynamic group of health research professionals from diverse backgrounds.

Our mission is to contribute to high quality research in Pelvic Floor Disorders and Women’s Health using a variety of methodologies. We are a collaborative group, drawing on each other’s strengths and experiences. The group houses expertise in quantitive and qualitative research, with a focus on patient oriented outcomes, pragmatic clinical trials, and medical technologies. Committed to integrity in pursuit of scientific knowledge and truth, our group strives to promote the evolution of gynaecologic care through research. Membership fluctuates depending on project and interest.

The Director of the Calgary Women’s Pelvic Health Research Group is Erin Brennand, MD, MSc, FRCSC, Assistant Professor, Departments of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Community Health Sciences,

Core membership includes:

Our 2021 Summer Students were:

Fatima Shah

Fatima is a recent graduate from the University of Calgary with a BSc (Honours) in Psychology. Her summer student work was related to the SEX-POP study with the aim to explore women’s sexual experiences related to their pelvic organ prolapse.

Shannon Cummings

Shannon Cummings is going into her fourth year at Queen’s University. She is taking a Bachelor of Sciences with Honors in Life Sciences. After her Undergraduate Degree she hopes to pursue Medical School. Shannon’s interests lie in women’s health and reproductive health. Shannon’s summer student work explored how gender expression (how one expresses their feminine and/or masculine traits) is associated with wether they chose to remove or preserve their uterus when undergoing pelvic organ prolapse surgery.

Current Projects

Hysterectomy versus Uterine Preservation for Pelvic Organ Prolapse Surgery (HUPPS Study): a non-randomized trial following women over 12 months to compare anatomic, patient reported and health care utilization of women who elect to undergo hysterectomy vs. uterine suspension as part of their surgery to address pelvic organ prolapse.

Recently Concluded Projects

Mid-Urethral Sling Tensioning (MUST) Trial: A pragmatic, multi-centre randomized clinical trial comparing patient reported and physician objective outcomes of two standardized techniques for the intra-operative sub-urethral tensioning of retropubic mid-urethral slings. Further information available at Protocol published as Open-Access in Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications.

Comparison of Vaginal vs. Laparoscopic Uterosacral Suspension at time of Vaginal Hysterectomy: A large retrospective cohort evaluating the peri-operative details, complications and patient reported outcomes of two different routes of fixation for uterosacral apical suspension.

Complications of Pelvic Floor Surgery Audit: Prospective QA project evaluating rates, types and severity of complications from pelvic floor procedures at a large tertiary centre.