Translational Interdisciplinary Genito-Urinary Research (TIGUR)

The Wisconsin Exploratory Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Benign Urology is an exploratory Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) formed to conduct research and training focusing on improving urinary incontinence (UI) in women.
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About the Center

Lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) include bothersome issues such as incontinence, an involuntary loss of urine. Incontinence is a common chronic condition affecting nearly half of adult women. While there are effective treatments for some types of incontinence, (stress and urge incontinence), prior research has indicated that many patients do not receive any treatment, and many who receive treatment do not achieve relief from symptoms.

The Wisconsin Exploratory Center brings together experienced investigators with the expertise to develop, implement, and evaluate a novel pathway to guide systemic clinical care for women experiencing incontinence. The goal of the team is to provide better clinical management of incontinence, achieve relief of symptoms for patients, and reduce unneeded specialty referrals.

The Center is working to achieve improvements in incontinence care by developing and testing tools that improve patient identification through patient-reported outcome measures, and with subsequent stepwise initiation of therapy to achieve symptom relief.

The Center is also driving innovation in this area through the Educational Enrichment Program, which supports summer research experiences for medical students and sponsors a seminar series that brings together speakers from non-traditional backgrounds in benign genitourinary conditions.

TIGUR Seminar Series

Please email to request access to seminar Zoom recordings.

Urinary Incontinence in Older Persons – Tricks of the Trade

Presenter: Catherine DuBeau, MD | January 27, 2021

Dr. DuBeau is a Professor of Internal Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College. In her career, Dr. DuBeau has greatly contributed to research in geriatric medicine and urinary incontinence. In this seminar, Dr. DuBeau discusses the most common types of urinary incontinence in older persons. She then explains how to perform a patient-centered evaluation and initial management of urinary incontinence for this patient population.

Introduction to Deep Learning and Natural Language Processing

Presenter: Jay Urbain, PhD | March 10, 2021

Dr. Urbain is a Data Science and Machine Learning Consultant at Upstream Development LLC. Dr. Urbain consults academic and industrial partners on problems in machine learning, deep learning, Natural Language Processing (NLP), search, and data engineering research and applications. In this seminar, Dr. Urbain explains deep learning, NLP, core NLP tasks, applications, challenges, and future directions.

Improving Therapies and Treatment Outcomes for Non-Cancerous Urinary Conditions by Improving Data Capture and Usage

Presenter: Jim Hokanson, PhD | June 23, 2021

Dr. Hokanson is an Assistant Professor in the joint department of Biomedical Engineering between the Medical College of Wisconsin and Marquette University, with an interest in developing new therapies to treat urological dysfunction. In this seminar, Dr. Hokanson discusses the problematic nature of the “try and see” approach to therapy selection when treating non-cancerous genitourinary conditions. He further explains how improved data collection and utilization in humans could guide therapy selection and therapy development.

Meet Our Team


Bradley Corbin, MD

Resident, Obstetrics & Gynecology


Bradley H. Crotty, MD, MPH, FACP, FAMIA

Associate Professor, Medicine (General Internal Medicine)


Emily R. W. Davidson, MD

Assistant Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology


Kathryn Flynn, PhD

Professor, Medicine (Hematology and Oncology)


Jim Hokanson, PhD

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering


Joan Neuner, MD, MPH

Professor, Medicine (General Internal Medicine)


Robert O'Connor, MD

Professor, Urology


Jacob Tiegs, MLS, CG

Clinical Informatics Analyst, Center for Advancing Population Science (CAPS)


Marie Luebke

Medical Student


Sarah Marowski

Medical Student


Joanna Balza, RN

Graduate Student, Research Assistant


Nicole Fergestrom, MS

Biostatistician I, Center for Advancing Population Science (CAPS)


Emily Schmitt

Research Program Coordinator I, CIBMTR


Aaron Winn, PhD

Assistant Professor, School of Pharmacy

Contact Us

Translational Interdisciplinary Genito-Urinary Research
Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226