In Podcast 27, we meet Dr. Michael Chancellor who is a Professor of Urology at the University of Pittsburgh as well as a practicing OBGYN. Within the School of Medicine, he is also the Director of Neurourology and Urinary Incontinence Programs. In addition, Dr. Chancellor is the Director of the Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Program in Urology, a research training program sponsored by the National Institute of Health (NIH).

Dr. Chancellor’s research interests include developing a new and novel solution to an age-old problem…urinary incontinence.  This is a problem that affects over 17 million in the United States.  The adult diaper market is estimated to be a $4 billion dollar a year business!

Clinically, Dr. Chancellor uses all of the available resources to treat urinary incontinence, ranging from exercise, to medication, to injection of collagen, to surgery.   The injection of collagen can be effective…but for only short periods.

In collaboration with Dr. Johnny Huard, they have developed a promising alterative approach to the treatment of adult urinary incontinence…the use of the patient’s own stem cells that are harvested from the patient’s leg muscle. This technology has been licensed and Cook Myosite.

This novel procedure has been recently tested for safety in humans, and as a result of the positive results, an expanded clinical trial will begin soon to further investigate the effectiveness of this therapy.

Hosts Leah Kauffman and John Murphy. Interview by Leah Kauffman.

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