|Keywords||bladder motility smooth muscle|
|Target Audience||Those interested in urinary bladder physiology, specifically as it applies to the mechanisms underlying normal and pathological bladder filling and emptying, will benefit.|
|Aims and Objectives|
Autonomous bladder motility not associated with micturition has been documented since the late 1800s. This workshop will review the mechanisms and functions of non-voiding bladder contractile activity in both health and disease. The non-neural cellular networks responsible for coordinated motility and localized micromotions, as well as the influences of the autonomic nervous system on these networks, will be described. Clinical correlates and translation of animal data will be discussed in terms of normal physiology and pathophysiological conditions.