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Basic Science Research

Bladder Smooth Muscle Physiology

Dr. Ratz is a professor of biochemistry and pediatrics. He has two active NIH grants and conducts research on detrusor and vascular smooth muscle. He has published extensively on calcium and intracellular signaling and on the molecular mechanisms responsible for generation of passive and active force. His work continues to shed light on the pathophysiology of overactive bladder and poor bladder compliance.

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Mechanical Properties of Bladder Muscle

Dr. Speich is an associate professor of mechanical engineering. He is an expert in adjustable passive stiffness (APS) in the urinary bladder and is currently working to develop a biomechanical model of lower urinary tract function and dysfunction. Dr. Speich is the recipient of a 2008-2010 Edwin Beer Fellowship in Urology and Urology-Related Fields from the New York Academy of Medicine to study stiffness regulation in the urinary bladder.

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Neurourology and Overactive Bladder

Dr. Klausner is assistant professor of surgery in the Division of Urology. He completed a basic science research fellowship at the University of Virginia and continues laboratory work in this area. Specific projects have included the role of corticotropin releasing factor in detrusor overactivity, the role of antimuscarinics in plaque formation in animal models of Alzheimer disease, and the role of interstitial cells of cajal in pathogenesis of overactive bladder.

> Winner, 2013 VCU Presidential Research Quest Fund “Quest for Distinction”


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updated: April 18, 2017