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:

  • Ariel Ducey, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Calgary
  • Shunaha Kim-Fine, MD, MSc, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University of Calgary
  • Colin Birch, MBBS, Associate Professor, Department Head, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University of Calgary
  • Magnus Murphy, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University of Calgary
  • Kaylee Ramage, PhD Candidate, Epidemiology
  • Natalie Scime, PhD Candidate, Epidemiology
  • Urogynecology/FPMRS Fellows during their training
  • Undergraduate & Medical Summer Students
  • Sue Ross, PhD – Professor and Cavarzan Chair in Mature Women’s Health Research, University of Alberta
  • Magali Robert, MD, MSc – Professor and Section Head of Urogynecology, University of Calgary

Our 2021 Summer Students are:

Diksha Kai

Diksha Kai is in her fourth year of pursuing a BSc in Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her dog, Ace, and spending time with her friends and family. She is super stoked to work with Dr. Brennand and the CWPHRG this summer, as she’s always been interested in studying women’s health.

Fatima Shah

Fatima is a recent graduate from the University of Calgary with a BSc (Honours) in Psychology. She is currently a summer student working on the SEX-POP study, which aims to explore women’s sexual experiences and outcomes following 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.


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 ClinicalTrials.gov. 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.