Interstitial Cystitis Clinical Research Network

Summary

Principal Investigator: Toby Chai
Abstract: Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a condition that remains enigmatic both in diagnosis and treatment. Characteristic symptoms include chronic pelvic pain, urinary urgency, and urinary frequency. While these symptoms seem specific, in fact, they can vary widely, especially the description of the pain (nature, location, chronicity, flares). For most clinicians, chronic pelvic pain is the symptom-complex most difficult to treat effectively. Because the etiology(s) for IC is (are) unknown, treatment has been entirely empiric. For the last 5 years, we at the University of Maryland have participated in the Interstitial Cystitis Clinical Trials Group (ICCTG) in hopes of scientifically validating certain treatments used for IC as well as studying potential new agents. Two randomized trials were completed during this time. The lessons learned from the ICCTG translate into specific aims for the proposed upcoming ICCRN trials. 1. There needs to be a new "definition" for IC rather than the current NIDDK-criteria established in 1987. The old criteria are too restrictive and no peer-reviewed objective diagnostic criteria are included. 2. Treatment outcomes of IC must be correlated with changes in objective parameters other than symptom scores and voiding diaries. 3. Enrollment of newly diagnosed IC patients must be maximized in the upcoming trials. Studying newly diagnosed IC patients may shed some light as to the natural history as well as response to treatment in this specific population. To this end, we are collaborating with private practice urologists who primarily see early IC patients and should help provide adequate enrollment of these types of patients into clinical trials. The trial that we propose to conduct is botulinum toxin-A (BTX-A) bladder injections. Recent data suggest that BTX-A has an anti-sensory action in the bladder. The group of investigators participating in this grant represent leaders in IC research. They have experience in recruiting IC patients into clinical trials, performing translational and basic science IC research. The continued advancement in diagnosis and treatment of IC depend on this type of collaboration in a multi-disciplinary environment such as that which exists at University of Maryland. The goals of the University of Maryland clinical site are to maximize enrollment of IC patients into innovative clinical trials, maintain highest retention rates possible and acquire high quality data.
Funding Period: 2003-09-01 - 2010-02-28
more information: NIH RePORT

Top Publications

  1. pmc Effect of amitriptyline on symptoms in treatment naïve patients with interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome
    Harris E Foster
    Department of Surgery, Section of Urology, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut 06520 8041, USA
    J Urol 183:1853-8. 2010
  2. pmc Early termination of a trial of mycophenolate mofetil for treatment of interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome: lessons learned
    Claire C Yang
    Department of Urology, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington 98195 0510, USA
    J Urol 185:901-6. 2011
  3. pmc Randomized multicenter clinical trial of myofascial physical therapy in women with interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome and pelvic floor tenderness
    M P Fitzgerald
    Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, Illinois, USA
    J Urol 187:2113-8. 2012

Scientific Experts

  • Harris E Foster
  • M P Fitzgerald
  • Claire C Yang
  • L Cen
  • D A Burks
  • L M Nyberg
  • K Newton
  • W Featherstone
  • K Bewyer
  • L Fraser
  • T C Chai
  • G E Tata
  • C Furey
  • A Anaeme
  • K M Peters
  • J C Nickel
  • R Mayer
  • C K Payne
  • J R Landis
  • C C Yang
  • A Sanfield
  • R Kotarinos
  • K J Kreder
  • J W Kusek
  • P M Hanno
  • M Mason-Cover
  • J Chu
  • E S Lukacz
  • H Sheth
  • N Dugan
  • R Halle-Podell
  • K J Propert
  • T M Allen
  • L Odabachian
  • K Huestis
  • C Fortman
  • Kay Rust
  • John W Kusek
  • Jane Miller
  • Philip M Hanno
  • Kandis Rivers
  • Cheryl Wolfert
  • Janet Rindels
  • Judith Murray
  • Mary P Fitzgerald
  • Sharon Downing
  • Joseph Downey
  • Charles Nager
  • Toby C Chai
  • Debra Clay
  • Lisa Radebaugh
  • Mary Harris
  • Jill Sullivan
  • Alvaro Morales
  • Laurel Emerson
  • J Richard Landis
  • Keith Mickelberg
  • Ted Barrell
  • Judy Senka
  • Michelle Peabody
  • Shannon Chuai
  • Grace Bucher
  • MICHAEL O'DONNELL
  • Rosanna Dinh
  • Anna Ramakrishnan
  • Elizabeth Betty Smith
  • Sylvia Robb
  • Kenneth M Peters
  • Rodney Anderson
  • Sylvia Salazar
  • Rajesh Shinghai
  • Susan Lutgendorf
  • Jean Kalhoff
  • Lucia Radukanu
  • Linda Brubaker
  • Eleanor Anton
  • Robert D Mayer
  • Kelly O'Berry
  • J Curtis Nickel
  • Robert F Bale
  • Susan Keay
  • Rosemary Madigan
  • Mary Eno
  • Jay Reeder
  • Leroy M Nyberg
  • Karl J Kreder
  • Lesley Carr
  • Vickie Ratner
  • Diane K Newman
  • Marianne Chenoweth

Detail Information

Publications3

  1. pmc Effect of amitriptyline on symptoms in treatment naïve patients with interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome
    Harris E Foster
    Department of Surgery, Section of Urology, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut 06520 8041, USA
    J Urol 183:1853-8. 2010
    ..Amitriptyline is frequently used to treat patients with interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome. The evidence to support this practice is derived mainly from a small, single site clinical trial and case reports...
  2. pmc Early termination of a trial of mycophenolate mofetil for treatment of interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome: lessons learned
    Claire C Yang
    Department of Urology, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington 98195 0510, USA
    J Urol 185:901-6. 2011
    ..We evaluated the efficacy and tolerability of mycophenolate mofetil in patients with treatment refractory interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome...
  3. pmc Randomized multicenter clinical trial of myofascial physical therapy in women with interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome and pelvic floor tenderness
    M P Fitzgerald
    Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, Illinois, USA
    J Urol 187:2113-8. 2012
    ..We determined the efficacy and safety of pelvic floor myofascial physical therapy compared to global therapeutic massage in women with newly symptomatic interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome...