Thursday, October 21 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Uncas A. Whitaker Hall, 218
6760 Forest Park Pkwy, St. Louis, MO 63105, USA
Presenting on "From monologues to dialogues: An engineering analysis of the vagina"
Raffaella De Vita, Ph.D., professor and associate department head in the Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics Department at Virginia Tech, will speak at 10:00 CST on Thursday, October 21, 2021 in Whitaker 218.
Pelvic floor disorders such as urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, and pelvic organ prolapse represent a major public health concern in the United States, affecting one third of adult women. These disorders are determined by structural and mechanical alterations of the pelvic organs, their supporting muscles and connective tissues that occur mainly during pregnancy, vaginal delivery, and aging. In this talk, I will present the research that we are currently conducting in the STRETCH Lab to characterize the mechanical behavior of the main female pelvic organ: the vagina. Specifically, I will discuss the first quantitative results on the large deformations, tear propagation mechanisms, and contractions of the vagina under biaxial loading. Our findings can potentially transform current surgical reconstruction methods and post-operative rehabilitation protocols for pelvic floor disorders.
Host: Dr. Lori Setton, Washington University in St. Louis
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