‘To pee or not to pee?’ Expert challenges attitudes to female incontinence

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Incontinence researcher to give inaugural lecture at University of Leicester on 20 November

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office 9 November 2012

‘To pee or not to pee? That is the question: Continence research in women’
Tuesday 20 November at 5.30pm
Ken Edwards Building, Lecture Theatre 1, University of Leicester
Free and open to the public

Urgent action is needed to change attitudes towards incontinence, a leading urogynaecologist will explain in a free public lecture at the University of Leicester.

Professor Douglas Tincello, from the Department of Cancer Studies and Molecular Medicine will give his inaugural lecture, ‘To pee or not to pee? That is the question: Continence research in women’ at the University on 20 November.

The lecture will outline the causes of incontinence and prolapse, available treatments and focus on the exciting and cutting edge research conducted in this field.

Urinary continence is a common ailment among adult women and for many is unmentionable. Many women suffer in silence, and wait countless years before seeking advice and help. The effects of childbirth and ageing are major factors contributing to the development of incontinence. There are safe and effective treatments available, and much research has been actively seeking improvements to those treatments.

Professor Tincello has been conducting research into incontinence and prolapse at the University of Leicester since 2002. He is only one of five academic urogynaecologists in the UK and has been active in both treating and researching the causes of incontinence and prolapse for many years.

Professor Tincello said: “Urinary incontinence among women is a much more common condition than many people realise. For many years, the subject has been considered taboo, or a normal consequence of having children and growing old.

“In the ten years that I have been working as an honorary consultant within the NHS in Leicester, I have seen this attitude change as awareness grows among the public, patients and GPs that incontinence should not be regarded an inevitable result of being female, and that it is indeed highly treatable. In parallel with increasing awareness, medical research has moved rapidly within this field, and I have been privileged to be part of this process.

“In my lecture, I will begin by outlining the causes and predisposing factors for incontinence, and also for prolapse of the reproductive organs. I will then discuss the established treatments which we have for incontinence and prolapse, and also describe the research which I have been involved with over the last 10 years which has contributed to our understanding of the causes of the condition, and also innovative methods of treatment."

‘To pee or not to pee? That is the question: Continence research in women’ will be held at the Ken Edwards Building, Lecture Theatre 1, University of Leicester, University Road, on Tuesday 20 November at 5.30pm. The lecture is free and open to the public.



Professor Douglas Tincello can be contacted on 0116 252 3165

Biography for Professor Douglas Tincello

Douglas Tincello graduated in medicine from the University of Edinburgh, with distinction in Pathology in 1990. His early training was completed in Edinburgh, where he his interest in obstetrics and gynaecology began. He spent two years as a research fellow in the Medical Research Council Centre for Reproductive Biology, where he completed his Doctorate degree. In 1993 he moved to Liverpool to complete his clinical training. It was Liverpool where he developed his interest in urogynaecology, working with Dr David Richmond at the Liverpool Women’s Hospital. He spent one year as a clinical research fellow and subsequently moved into an academic post as clinical lecturer in Liverpool University in 1999. He took up his current position of Senior Lecturer in Urogynaecology at the University of Leicester in April 2002 and has now established a portfolio of clinical and laboratory based research in urogynaecology, leading the Prolapse and Incontinence Group in the Reproductive Sciences section. Currently the Group is hosting two postgraduate students and has supported two previous trainees to achieve a Doctorate degree. The Group’s research come is close to £1million over the last five years.

Since his appointment, he has been principal investigator on two randomised controlled surgical trials funded by the Moulton Charitable Trust and the Medical Research Council, including the largest trial studying botulinum toxin for detrusor overactivity.He is an executive editor for the British Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, the research subcommittee chairman of the British Society of Urogynaecology, a member of the NIHR College of Experts and vice chairman of the Wellbeing of Women Research Advisory Committee. He was a member of the Scientific Commitees of the International Continence Society and International Urogynaecology Association from 2008-2011.

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