Work in the School of Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience by Bristol University has featured in the high impact international IOP Journal of Neural Engineering.
With support through our IMPRESSplus 2017 funding call Professor Thelma Lovick and her team were able to show that stimulation of the Pelvic nerve in rats can help to delay the immediate voiding reflex associated with urinary urge incontinence. This work was able to conclude that implantation of cuff electrodes is well tolerated and the stimulation process had no adverse effects. These are promising results which lead the way for more research on conscious rats.
The potential benefit of this technique is that ultimately it could act as a tool which will give people with urinary urge incontinence more time to find a toilet.
Dr Jonathan Crook, the lead researcher, won the Coloplast Early Career Researcher Prize for this work at the IMechE Incontinence :The Engineering Challenge XI in Nov 2017.