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Meet the project partners: CRIUGM Montréal

About the Incontinence and Aging Laboratory at the CRIUGM

Urinary incontinence is a health problem affecting many older women. The specific causes of incontinence remain unknown. In order to find solutions, the research team set up the Incontinence and Aging Laboratory situated at the Centre de recherche de l’Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal, which is equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation. On the agenda: to better understand urinary incontinence in older women, including prevention and treatment, as well as who is most likely to benefit from pelvic floor muscle training.

The laboratory (2007), led by Chantal Dumoulin, pht, Ph.D, holder of Canada Research Chair in Urogynecological Health and Aging since 2012, currently includes about 20 employees/students/fellow/volunteers and has participated in more than 20 research projects.

Dumoulin’s research program will focus on three intermediate objectives:

  • understanding the pathophysiology of incontinence in aging women
  • identifying the potential beneficiaries of first-line treatments by developing and validating a clinical prediction tool
  • implementing cost-effective, first-line physiotherapy treatments for older women who suffer from incontinence.

Role in VITAAL

The Canadian Research Chair in Urogynecological health and Aging at University of Montreal has an international track record in the evaluation and training of PFM for urinary incontinent aging women. In the past years the research team have used exergames to train the PFM during ADL dual tasks. They have the infrastructure and expertise to run large clinical trials with the elderly population. Thus, for the VITAAL project, the research team of the Laboratory will help the development of interactive games targeting urinary incontinence and will participate in the study of the feasibility of the new developed system.

In addition, in collaboration with Polytechnique de Montréal, it will be responsible for developing a dynamometer equipped with Bluetooth technology that will capture the pelvic floor muscles activity during training activities to obtain feedback and thus increase adherence and effectiveness of the interventions.