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Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC)

Research Project 1

Intravesical Probiotic (Lactobacillus) for Urinary Symptoms Among People with Neurogenic Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction Who Use Indwelling Catheters

The objectives of this study are to:

  1. Describe the bacteria normally present in healthy urine; and
  2. Estimate the effect of intravesical Lactobacillus GG probiotic dose on urinary symptoms

Participants must be:

  • Be diagnosed with neurogenic bladder (SCI, MS, SB, Stroke etc.);
  • Use indwelling catheterization for bladder management
  • Be 18 years or older;
  • Have a history of 2 or more episodes of urinary symptoms in the past year.

If you are interested in participating, please submit the survey:

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Virtual Neurogenic Bladder Care Companion

Funded by the Craig H Neilsen Foundation

Dr Iryna Crescenze The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH

The purpose of this project is to create a virtual care companion linked to the medical record and integrated directly into the urology care for patients with spinal cord injury (SCI) and neurogenic bladder. The Neurogenic Bladder Care Companion (NGB Care Companion) will provide interactive education about living with a neurogenic bladder, managing complications, and optimizing quality of life. It will be available through the smart phone application, myChart ®, powered by Epic Systems © electronic medical record software. The platform will allow for bidirectional flow of information between patients and clinicians and help guide medical care and decision making during medical visits. This project will empower individuals with SCI to be engaged in their bladder health and promote independence. It will also help remove physical and social barriers to early urologic care by providing completely virtual access to succinct, evidence-based information and bladder tracking tools.

Ongoing Clinical Trials

Dr Argy Stampas

A Randomized Controlled Trial of Transcutaneous Tibial Nerve Stimulation for Neurogenic Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction. Funded by NIDILRR and the Craig Neilsen Foundation.

Can Urine Biomarkers Characterize the Developing Neurogenic Bladder in Acute Spinal Cord Injury? A pilot trial.

Developing online calculator for prognosis of spontaneous voiding after early SCI. An NBRG, Praxis, and European Model Systems collaboration.