IMAGINE NO IC Research Campaign


The Interstitial Cystitis Association is excited to announce the newest recipients of its Imagine No IC Pilot Research Program Grants. The following individuals are receiving a one-year award of $25,000 each toward their novel research projects:

Larissa Bresler, MD, and her team at Loyola University, Chicago, in her study, entitled Acupuncture for Female Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome, will attempt to determine the safety and tolerability of acupuncture in women with IC/PBS, as well as determine if acupuncture is effective in reducing pain in women with IC/PBS as compared to sham treatment. The impact and potential benefits of identifying new nonpharmacologic treatment in women with IC/PBS will be critical to reduce disease severity and improve quality of life across female IC/PBS and all Chronic Pelvic Pain subtypes.

Jayoung Kim, PhD, and her team at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, in her study, entitled Interstitial Cystitis-Associated Microbiome and Proteome As Diagnostic Markers, will be trying to identify and validate IC-associated urinary diagnostic biomarkers. This project has the potential for significant clinical impact because results may lead to clinical methods to increase diagnostic accuracy and an improved understanding of the molecular basis of IC and its relationship to urologic conditions with overlapping symptoms.

Stephen Walker, PhD, and his team of investigators at Wake Forest University Health Sciences, Winston Salem, NC, in his study, entitled Correlation of Gene Expression with Bladder Capacity in Interstitial Cystitis, will be determining whether bladder capacity is a key delineating factor that differentiates IC subtypes.

The tireless effort of countless medical professionals such as these is helping find answers leading to the causes of and better treatments for IC. But as you know, much work is yet to be done. Today’s researchers have bright ideas, but need funding in order to develop their innovative investigations and scientific hypotheses concerning interstitial cystitis. Your continued support is vital to keeping the ICA Pilot Research Program going and to helping discover the future diagnosis and treatment options - and potentially even a cure - for IC.

Join us is in congratulating Drs. Bresler, Kim, and Walker and applauding their commitment to unveiling the mysteries of IC that will lead to profound changes in treating the disease. Your research donation will help us attract and continue to fund the best and brightest applicants for this research in the future. Together we can continue to advance the medical knowledge and improve the care of patients with IC. Please consider a gift to the ICA Imagine No IC Pilot Research Fund today.

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