About Kidney and Urinary System
While the digestive tract removes solid waste from the body, it’s the job of the kidneys and the urinary system to filter and pass liquid waste. The two kidneys continuously work to filter blood, removing waste products and excess fluids. This combined fluid waste, urine, gets passed to the bladder before being flushed out of the body. If the kidneys are overworked or weakened, serious issues can result. If the mineral levels in your blood are too high, painful kidney stones can develop. Other conditions, especially diabetes and high blood pressure, can cause disease by reducing the kidneys’ ability to filter. Studies in this field might also look at issues related to urination, from incontinence (the involuntary release of urine) to overactive bladder. Because of the waste products contained in urine, the urinary tract is also at risk for infections. By studying these and other urinary issues, Pitt researchers hope to provide relief to everyone.
MyPaTH Story Booth 2.0
Interested in sharing your story about health, illness, or research? Patients and caregivers are needed to participate in a research study to help learn more about topics that are important to you and that may improve health and health care. Participation involves one 45-minute session that takes place over the phone. Eligible participants must be able to read and understand English.
All of Us Pennsylvania Research Program
All of Us wants at least one million people to join. Your participation can help shape the future of health for generations to come. People who join will share information. This might be about their health, habits, and what it’s like where they live. It might also be about family history and genes. By looking for patterns, researchers may learn more about what affects people’s health.
Brain and Bladder Study – Females Aged 18-45
Are you female and aged 18-45? Do you experience “overactive bladder” and urinary urge incontinence (a sudden, strong urge to urinate that results in urine leakage)? You may be able to take part in a research study to help better understand the relationship between the brain and the bladder. Compensation and transportation/parking provided.
Sleep and Bladder Study – Females Aged 60 and Up
Are you female and aged 60 or older? Do you experience "overactive bladder" and urinary urge incontinence (a sudden, strong urge to urinate that results in urine leakage)? Do you get up at least twice per night to empty your bladder? You may be able to be in a research study to help better understand the relationship between the brain and the bladder. Compensation is provided.
Exploring the Brain-Bladder Connection
Are you a woman aged 60 or older who regularly experiences ‘urinary urgency’ (a sudden, strong need to urinate) or ‘overactive bladder’ with urine leakage? If so, you may be able to participate in a research study to help better understand the relationship between the brain and the bladder in women who have urgency urinary incontinence. Compensation provided.
Do you experience urgent urinary incontinence? Are you a woman age 70 or older? You may be eligible for a research study to understand women's experience, treatment expectations, and quality of life impact of having urinary incontinence.
Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) Study
Are you living with kidney disease caused by focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS)? Are you of African or Caribbean descent? If so, you may be able to participate in a study to see if you have a genetic mutation (a change in your DNA). This study involves a 30-minute visit where you will undergo a blood draw. Compensation is provided.
TAPER (Techniques of APplying vaginal Estrogen for prevention of Recurrent urinary tract infections)
Are you a postmenopausal woman who has had multiple urinary tract infections (UTI) over the past year? You may be eligible for a research study looking at the effects of estrogen cream in the vagina on preventing urinary tract infections. Compensation is provided.
Do you have recurrent urinary tract infections? You may be eligible for a research study focusing on two different ways to manage urinary tract infection symptoms in older women. Compensation is provided.