About the PFDN
PFDN members come from eight medical centers across the United States, along with
a coordinating center. The PFDN members work together to develop and perform research
studies related to women with pelvic floor disorders. In this way, studies can be
done more quickly than if the medical centers were working alone. Doctors, nurses,
other health care workers, and support staff all play important roles.The PFDN team
wants to learn more about how to help women with pelvic floor problems. Treatments
are available, but there are still questions about how best to take care of women
with pelvic floor problems. The PFDN was started to study pelvic floor problems
and come up with answers to these questions.
The PFDN consists of eight research sites, a data coordinating center, and NICHD:
- University of Alabama at Birmingham - Birmingham, Alabama
- Duke University - Durham, North Carolina
- University of California at San Diego - San Diego, California
- Kaiser Permanente (affiliated with UCSD) - San Diego, California
- Kaiser Permanente - Bellflower (affiliated with UCSD) - Bellflower, California
- Cleveland Clinic - Cleveland, Ohio
- University of New Mexico - Albuquerque, New Mexico
- University of Pittsburgh-Magee - Pittsburgh, PA
- University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Women and Infants Hospital (Brown University) - Providence, Rhode Island
The PFDN wants to learn more about how to help women with pelvic floor problems.
Treatments are available, but many questions about how best to take care of women
with pelvic floor problems are still unanswered. The PFDN was started to study pelvic
floor problems and come up with answers to these questions. Our current research
studies are shown in the box to the right. Click the link to find out more about
The PFDN Steering Committee has primary responsibility for the development and conduct
of protocols and the preparation of publications. The Steering Committee membership
is limited to the Principal Investigator from each Clinical Center, the Principal
Investigator from the Data Coordinating Center, and the NICHD Program Scientist.
Katherine E. Hartmann, MD, PhD from Vanderbilt University is the
Steering Committee Chair.