New IC Research Literature Reviews

Wonder what new developments are happening in the field of IC research? Read our newest plain language summaries about advances in IC treatment, research, and understanding. Reviews include articles from journals indexed in MEDLINE, PubMed, and from other published sources … Continued

ICA & UCF Are Working Together to Advance IC Research!

The ICA is pleased to partner with the Urology Care Foundation to support two Research Scholar Awards funded by the ICA. The competition for the 2016 Urology Care Foundation Research Scholar Awards is accepting applications! As part of the 27 … Continued

Study Seeks Men and Women With IC

Lipella Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is conducting a clinical study in Royal Oak (near Detroit), Michigan and is looking for participants. The clinical study is evaluating the safety, tolerability and efficacy of LP-08, a natural product made from egg yolk. It is … Continued

Working Together to Advance Interstitial Cystitis Research

The Interstitial Cystitis Association is proud to announce its collaboration with the Urology Care Foundation, the official foundation of the American Urological Association. The ICA is funding two new research awards as part of this collaboration: A one-year award for … Continued

ICA-AUGS Research Grant

ICA and the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) have created a joint research grant up to $10,000 funded equally by ICA and AUGS. ICA wishes to congratulate this year’s grant recipient, Dr. Ana Charrua Cordeiro, PhD, of Instituto de Biologia Celular … Continued


ICA staff and Board Members attended NIDDK’s Multidisciplinary Approach to the Study of Chronic Pelvic Pain (MAPP) Network Steering Committee Meeting in Washington, DC, on June 23 and 24. MAPP was launched to help better understand the underlying causes of … Continued

AUA 2015 Recap

In between manning the ICA booth in the Urology Care Foundation’s (UCF) Patient Advocacy Hub, ICA staff attended the presentations. Here’s a recap of some of the most IC-relevant courses, presentations, lectures, and poster sessions. A psychometric analysis of pain … Continued

ICA Pilot Research Program Awardees Selected

ICA is pleased to announce that Dr. Kristina Allen-Brady of the University of Utah and Dr. Pradeep Tyagi of the University of Pittsburgh are the newest recipients of research funding through ICA’s Pilot Research Program. The one-year awards of up … Continued

Mast Cells May Not Be The Best Biomarkers for IC

Mast cells are a key component of the human immune system. When large numbers of mast cells are found in the bladder’s muscular layer, known as detrusor muscle, that could mean a diagnosis of bladder pain syndrome/interstitial cystitis (BPS/IC). However, … Continued

Loyola Doctors Use Acupuncture to Ease Patient’s Debilitating Pain

ICA’s Pilot Research Program funds research that has real world applications and benefits the IC community. Here’s an example of ICA-funded research in action. Dr. Larissa Bresler’s research into medical acupuncture is already helping IC patients! Read the article.