The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is sponsoring a new and novel research study called the Multidisciplinary Approach to the Study of Chronic Pelvic Pain (MAPP) Research Network. The NIDDK MAPP Network is conducting research to help better understand the underlying causes of IC and chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS). MAPP embraces a systemic—or whole-body—approach by investigating potential relationships between these two urological syndromes and other overlapping conditions commonly seen in IC and CP/CPPS patients, such as irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, vulvodynia, and chronic fatigue syndrome.

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Revised Tuesday, May 12th, 2015