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University of Pittsburgh Geriatrician is Recognized by International Continence Society

PITTSBURGH, August 25, 2003 Neil Resnick, M.D., chief of the division of geriatric medicine and gerontology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, has received the John J. Humpal Award from the Simon Foundation for Continence, the world's largest non-profit educational organization for people with urinary incontinence.

Dr. Resnick received the award in recognition of his leadership and long interest in the field of incontinence; for his research, which has furthered the understanding of the causes of incontinence; and for his development of novel approaches to diagnosis and treatment of incontinence.

"The Simon Foundation for Continence's John J. Humpal Award is presented to an individual for their outstanding dedication to finding incontinence solutions," said the foundation's president and founder, Cheryle B. Gartley. "We were delighted to present the 2003 award to Dr. Neil Resnick for his outstanding dedication to people with incontinence and his relentless pursuit of knowledge to find a cure."

The Simon Foundation was formed in 1983 as a non-profit educational organization dedicated to providing assistance and support to those suffering from urinary incontinence. The foundation is now based in many countries worldwide. John J. Humpal, for whom the award was named, was the founding chair of the foundation's board of directors. The Simon Foundation is devoted to aiding those afflicted with incontinence and their families, creating public awareness, reviewing relevant legislation and encouraging medical professionals' interest in this area of health care.

At the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Resnick leads one of the largest and most innovative geriatric programs in the country with a wide array of senior services and more board-certified geriatricians than many other U.S. programs. He also co-directs the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Institute on Aging, which focuses on enhancing clinical and basic research on issues related to aging, translating this information into better models of care for the elderly and determining new methods to train health care professionals in eldercare.

Dr. Resnick's main research interests include bladder physiology and age-related changes and the epidemiology, pathogenesis, evaluation and treatment of geriatric incontinence. He was one of the first to suggest that incontinence is not a normal part of aging, the first to identify its most common cause and a leader in developing the field of geriatric voiding dysfunction and incontinence, syndromes that lead to significant disability. In addition, Dr. Resnick devised a nurse-administered incontinence management strategy, which is now mandated by the Health Care Financing Agency (now the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) for use in every nursing home in the U.S. The strategy has been adopted by more than 20 other countries.

He has contributed to the National Institutes of Health Consensus Conference on Incontinence, edited its published proceedings, chaired several national scientific meetings on aging and served on numerous editorial boards and grant review committees. He also served as a consultant to the World Health Organization's first international consultation on incontinence. Dr. Resnick's expertise has been recognized by inclusion in both national and local "Best Doctor" lists.

Dr. Resnick received his medical degree from Stanford University Medical School. In 1983, he founded the Continence Center at Harvard's Brigham and Women's Hospital, the first of its kind in North America. Before coming to the University of Pittsburgh he was chief of Brigham and Women's geriatrics and gerontology division.

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