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Urogynaecology & Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery

Members of the Division:

Shawna L. Johnston, MD, Associate Professor, Department Head

Sophia Badowski, MD, Assistant Professor


Angela Tessier RN, Continence Advisory Nurse

Areas of Research Focus:

• Genital prolapse
• Urinary incontinence
• Childbirth-related trauma to pelvic floor

Grants and Awards:

2015  Restorelle® Transvaginal Mesh versus Native Tissue Repair for Treatment of Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Restorelle 522 Study. Sponsor: Coloplast Corp. (01/01/2015 – 31/12/2017). $ 148189 over 3 years.
2010 Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR).
Optimizing treatment outcomes for women with stress urinary incontinence through the identification of factors contributing to successful interventions. 
5 years operating grant, $237 484/yr (total $989 975). (PI: Linda McLean) (2011/06 - 2016/05)
2009 Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR). Biomechanical assessment of the female continence mechanism in women with and without stress urinary incontinence.
5 years. $ 213 995 (PI: Linda Mclean) (2009/10 to 2010/09)
2009 NSERC. A novel evaluation to guide treatment decisions in cases of stress urinary incontinence. (PI: Linda Mclean) (Submitted – declined)
2007 Physician Services Incorporated Foundation. (PSI). Effect of the Incontinence Ring on Urodynamic Stress urinary incontinence: A Randomized trial. 1 years, $49 000.
2004 Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR). Biomechanical mechanisms associated with stress urinary incontinence in older women. 1 year, $49,982 (PI: Linda Mclean)
2004 Physician Services Incorporated Foundation. (PSI). Motor Control Deficits of the Pelvic Floor of Stress Incontinent Women. 2 years, $110 000. (Co-PI: Linda McLean, Graduate student on project: Stephanie Madill)
2003 Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada Research Award. Differences in pelvic floor pressure and pelvic muscle activation amplitudes between urinary continent and incontinent women. (PI: Linda McLean Graduate student on project: Stephanie Madill). $5000.

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