Questions for Dennis

Question: Speaker is outlining a bunch work in this area that’s ongoing in Canada and asking for collaboration with researchers in the USA.

Dennis: Fantastic.

Question/comment: Kim Anderson herself says that there’s a new survey. It appears that bladder and bowel functionality does impact sexual function. Suggests to Neilsen that scientists can be asked to work on this very messy and difficult area of investigation. We don’t need to wait for them to get to it.

Matt: Sometimes we in the community are the ones who don’t want to talk about this. We have to raise our voices.

Dennis: One of the things we have to think about is urinary incontinence during intimacy, or AD during intimacy. I got into this work because I listened to people with injuries talk about it in specifics. It’s not obvious what “bowel function” means. Foundations are in fact calling out for proposals addressing bowel, bladder, and sexual function.

Question: Your chart shows high interest in a noninvasive approach … how does this relate to a transcutaneous stimulator like what’s being done in the Edgerton lab?

Dennis: I’m excited by the results they’re getting, and I know that it’s good work. These approaches (our and theirs) are happening in parallel, and there’s willingness to figure out how to put them together and find synergies.

Tracey: At this point both approaches hold promise, and what we know is that consumers are interested in both.

Question/comment: Sensory awareness needs to early enough to do some good … it doesn’t help if you feel the need to void half a minute before it has to happen.

That’s it, time to move on.

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