Rebecca Rogers MD, professor within the UNM Health Sciences Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, recently received a $1.6 million dollar grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to establish a Pelvic Floor Disorders Network Center at the University of New Mexico.

A National Institutes of Health study found that one in four U.S. women will experience some sort of pelvic floor disorder at some point in their lives. UNM’s new center is one of eight nationally that forms the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network. Within the network, centers collaborate and perform research related to pelvic floor disorders in women, including the common problems of urinary incontinence and prolapse. This allows studies to be completed much more quickly than if each center worked alone, and to ensure that important questions regarding women’s health are answered.

The UNM Center grant offers New Mexican women the chance to participate in research studies that address these important health concerns, said Dr. Rogers.

“These are conditions that are real, are frequent and that women are reluctant to discuss,” said Dr. Rogers. “Yet, help is available. With this grant, we will be able to improve access to women across the state.”

Dr. Rogers is a recognized international expert on pelvic floor disorders and established the Urogynecology Division in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1999. She has been recognized by the University of New Mexico with a prestigious Regent’s Professor award in 2010. She works with a team of other experienced Urogynecologists and midlevel providers to ensure that women with pelvic floor dysfunction find answers to their pelvic floor problems.

Opportunities to participate in research studies conducted by the Urogynecology Division are available now. For more information, please contact Anne Fullilove, Research Coordinator, at 505.967.8428.
Contact: Cindy Foster, 272-3322