Although lower urinary tract symptoms affect almost half of American women, little is known about how to prevent them. As a site PI within the NIDDK-sponsored Prevention of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (PLUS) Research Consortium, Dr. Sutcliffe leads studies to quantify the burden of LUTS and poor bladder health in American women, and to understand their underlying causes. She is currently co-leading the development of a large, community-based cohort study of bladder health, the RISE FOR HEALTH study, set to begin in 2022. This study will investigate novel risk and protective factors for bladder health in women, and estimate the distribution of bladder health in the general female US population, using a newly developed measure of bladder health.

Funder: NIDDK