Pelvic floor muscle function and dysfunction in women: Can we make a difference? Event as iCalendar

24 May 2017

12:30 - 1:30pm

Venue: Liggins Institute – Room 505-003

Location: 85 Park Road, Grafton, Auckland

Cost: Free

Contact email: s.gusso@auckland.ac.nz

Dr Jenny Kruger

Speaker: Dr Jenny Kruger

Senior Research Fellow
Auckland Bioengineering Institute, University of Auckland


The pelvic floor research group, based at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute (ABI), is focused on the investigation of Pelvic floor muscle disorders in women.  This includes the relationship between pelvic floor muscle injury during vaginal delivery and the development of urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. We are also looking at finding new ways to engage women in their pelvic floor health, risk assessment prior to delivery, and using new technology to prevent these disorders. Design, development and testing of novel bioinstrumentation, computational models and simulation of childbirth are some of the techniques used to develop a better understanding of the mechanisms of pelvic floor disorders.  In this talk I will discuss our research and some of the ongoing projects within the group.

About the speaker: Dr Kruger is a Senior Research Fellow and leads the Pelvic Floor Research Group based at the ABI. Her background is clinical, but she has a keen interest in biomechanics and bioengineering. Her PhD investigated pelvic floor function in elite athletes and the impact that may have on childbirth. She was awarded a Rutherford Foundation post-doctoral fellowship in 2009, and an Aotearoa Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2012. Jenny works closely with urogynaecologists, physiotherapists and bioengineers and enjoys the challenges of bringing ‘clinician and engineer’ together. Realising the possibilities that bioengineering can add to clinical decision making and what clinicians really need from the bioengineer.