Congratulations to Dr. Emine Bayman

Congratulations to Dr. Emine Bayman, who received a  $400,000 subcontract for her proposal, “Bayesian Analysis of MAPP Research Network Data to Separate Pelvic Pain Patients from the Chronic Pain Patients,” from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases (NINDK).  Dr. Bayman’s co-investigators from the University of Iowa are Tim Brennan, Luke Tierney, and Jatin Vaidya.  Dr. Vince Calhoun from the University of New Mexico is also participating.

The multidisciplinary approach to the study of chronic pelvic pain (MAPP) is a research network established by the NINDK to better understand the etiology of urologic chronic pelvic pain syndrome (UCPPS) and to isolate distinct sub-groups of patients in order to inform the development of future clinical trials and management of clinical symptoms.


This proposal will study subjects in the MAPP database who have UCPPS.  The central hypothesis is that neural circuits and psychosocial variables linked to emotion processing and emotion regulation differentiate “pelvic and widespread pain” from “pain in the pelvic area only” subjects.  Brain imaging will be used and analyzed using Bayesian statistics to identify brain regions contributing to UCPPS. The goal of this study is to propose novel disease mechanisms and treatments for this difficult to manage group.