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 gynecologic care through research.

Membership fluctuates depending on project and interest. The founding members of the group are:

  • 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

Core membership also includes:


Current 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.