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2nd International Congress on Underactive Bladder - CURE UAB

2nd CURE-UAB Date: December 3-4, 2015
Location: Grand Hyatt Denver, 1750 Welton Street, Denver, Colorado

Event Details

We are pleased to announce the 2nd International Congress of Urologic Research and Education on Underactive Bladder (“CURE-UAB”), to be held at the Grand Hyatt Denver, Denver, Colorado, December 3rd and 4th, 2015.

This 1.5 day program will feature the cutting edge research, clinical care, and technological advancements for underactive bladder.

The event will feature presentations from a world renowned faculty, panel discussions, work groups, and poster sessions. This international gathering will appeal to basic researchers, nurses, clinicians, academicians, industry representatives, and other stakeholders from the fields of urology, geriatrics, gynecology, neurology, and general medicine.

CURE-UAB provides an unparalleled platform for learning, participating, networking, collaborating, and discussing the emerging field of underactive bladder.

See the link below for full meeting details and registration.


We will be accepting abstracts for poster presentation at CURE-UAB. The deadline for abstract submission is October 2, 2015. Please use the contact information below for more information and guidelines.

Travel Scholarships

A limited number of travel scholarships will be available to individuals who have submitted an abstract for poster presentation. Please use the contact information below for more information.

UAB Technological Showcase

The latest technology will be showcased to demonstrate clinical advancements in UAB management.

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What is Underactive Bladder Syndrome?


The Underactive Bladder is a symptom complex suggestive of detrusor underactivity and is usually characterized by prolonged urination time with or without a sensation of incomplete bladder emptying, usually with hesitancy, reduced sensation on filling, and a slow stream.

Underactive Bladder Syndrome is a chronic, complex and debilitating disease which affects the urinary bladder with serious consequences. Patients with an underactive bladder can hold unusually large amounts of urine but has a diminished sense of when the bladder is full and is not able to contract the muscles sufficiently and as forcefully as it should, resulting in incomplete bladder emptying.

The symptoms and severity of underactive bladder vary from one person to another and the course of the disease is often unpredictable.

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Risk Factors for underactive bladder


Scientists are working diligently to understand what biological factors contribute to underactive bladder pathogenesis. The most common risk factors associated with this syndrome are:

Nerve Damage

Damage to the peripheral nerves of the bladder by congenital, inflammatory, neoplastic or traumatic lesions may cause the sensation of bladder filling to be absent or reduced, and large volumes of urine may accumulate, which causes difficulty in emptying the bladder.


High blood sugar causes damage to peripheral nerves supplying bladder wall. Normal urination relies on the synergy between bladder contractions and bladder neck opening. When this is interrupted, such as diabetic patients, the result is incomplete bladder emptying with significant residual volumes.

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