Date of release: Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Lecture

How do 100 million adults worldwide cope with Overactive Bladder syndrome (OAB)? This question will be addressed at a University of Greenwich free public lecture next month.

Dr Scott Wildman, from the university’s Medway School of Pharmacy, and Professor Jonathan Duckett, Consultant Urogynaecologist at Medway NHS Foundation Trust, present If you gotta go, you gotta go! Overactive bladder (OAB) research.

The talk takes place on Wednesday 14 January 2015 and will discuss available treatments – which are currently unreliable – and the exciting and cutting edge research being conducted in the field.

OAB is estimated to cost the UK health care system in excess of £500 million per year. Symptoms include a frequent, sudden and urgent desire to pass urine, and urinary incontinence. OAB patients suffer discomfort, distress and a disruption in day-to-day life.

Currently, there is no safe, reliable medication for the problem. Commonly-prescribed drugs have side effects such as blurred vision, extreme reduced salivation, and gastrointestinal disturbances. As a consequence, approximately 80% of OAB sufferers discontinue treatment within six months.

Dr Wildman (pictured left) is a Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences within the university’s Faculty of Engineering & Science. He was awarded a PhD in Neuroscience from University College London in 1999 and throughout his career has featured in a number of high-impact research publications and has lectured in the UK and abroad.

Professor Duckett (pictured right) is Director of Research and Development at Medway NHS Foundation Trust, where he has worked since 1999. He leads a large urogynaecological practice, with 800 new referrals each year as well as chairing the British Society of Urogynaecology Research Committee.

The lecture begins at 6.30pm in the Ward Room, Pembroke, Medway Campus. Tea and coffee will be served afterwards, during which time Dr Wildman and Professor Duckett will be available to discuss their work.

To book a place, please email science-public-lectures@gre.ac.uk. For more information on Medway School of Pharmacy: http://www.msp.ac.uk/research/

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