Calgary Women’s Pelvic Health Research Group

The Calgary Women’s Pelvic Health Research Group is a dynamic group of health research professionals from diverse backgrounds.Our mission is to contribute to high quality research in Pelvic Floor Disorders and Women’s Health using a variety of methodologies. We are a collaborative group, drawing on each other’s strengths and experiences. The group houses expertise in quantitive and qualitative research, with a focus on patient oriented outcomes, pragmatic clinical trials, and medical technologies. Committed to integrity in pursuit of scientific knowledge and truth, our group strives to promote the evolution of gynecologic care through research. Membership fluctuates depending on project and interest.

The Director the Calgary Women’s Pelvic Health Research Group is Erin Brennand, MD, MSc, FRCSC, Assistant Professor, Departments of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary

Core membership includes:

  • Shunaha Kim-Fine, MD, MSc, Clinical Assistant Professor and Section Head, Urogynecology
  • Ariel Ducey, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Calgary, University of Calgary
  • Colin Birch, MBBS, Associate Professor, Department Head, Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • Sue Ross, PhD – Professor and Cavarzan Chair in Mature Women’s Health Research, University of Alberta
  • Magali Robert, MD, MSc – Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Calgary
  • Kaylee Ramage, MPH, PhD Candidate, Research Scientist, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Natalie Scime, MSc, PhD Candidate, Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary
  • Magnus Murphy, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • Urogynecology/FPMRS Fellows during their training
  • Undergradute and Medical Student Summer Students

Our 2021 Summer Students are:

Diksha Kai

Diksha Kai is in her fourth year of pursuing a BSc in Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her dog, Ace, and spending time with her friends and family. She is super stoked to work with Dr. Brennand and the CWPHRG this summer, as she’s always been interested in studying women’s health. 

Fatima Shah

Fatima is a recent graduate from the University of Calgary with a BSc (Honours) in Psychology. She is currently a summer student working on the SEX-POP study, which aims to explore women’s sexual experiences and outcomes following pelvic organ prolapse.

Shannon Cummings

Shannon Cummings is going into her fourth year at Queen’s University. She is taking a Bachelor of Sciences with Honors in Life Sciences. After her Undergraduate Degree she hopes to pursue Medical School. Shannon’s interests lie in women’s health and reproductive health.

Current projects include the comparison of Hysterectomy vs. Uterine Preserving approaches to pelvic organ prolapse surgery, examining longitudinal sexual function after prolapse surgery, and understanding medical decision making regarding wether to have one’s uterus removed or suspended in repair of pelvic organ prolapse.

Our recently concluded randomized clinical trial, the MUST trial comparing two techniques for retropubic mid-urethral sling placement was published in Obstetrics & Gynecology (the Green Journal) and is available as an open access publication. The study was selected as the Editor’s Pick for the September 2020 issue and highlighted through an interview with Dr. Erin Brennand and the Editor-in-Chief on the Green Journal’s podcast.