This week's hall of fame member is Chantale Dumoulin.
Profession: Physiotherapist and Researcher
Biography: Chantale Dumoulin is currently a Full Professor at the School of Rehabilitation, Université de Montréal, Canada, and Director of their post-graduate pelvic floor rehabilitation program. Chantale is also a published researcher (70+ articles in peer-reviewed journals, three Cochrane reviews, nine chapters and four books) specialising in pelvic floor dysfunction and conservative management with the CRIUGM, where she holds the Canadian Research Chair in Urogynecological Health and Aging. Chantale invented the Montreal Dynamometer, an instrument measuring pelvic floor muscle function.
Chantale was an ICS Trustee between 2008 and 2011, Chair of the pre-ICS consensus conference on improving pelvic floor muscle-training adherence strategies in 2011, member of the physiotherapy committee, contributor to the ICS/IUGA report on the terminology for the conservative management of female pelvic floor dysfunction, and a member of the Montreal’s local scientific committee in both 2005 and 2015. Since 2009, Chantale has co-led the PFM exercise class for older women at every ICS meeting. Chantale was also the Chair of the Conservative Management chapter of the International Consultation on Incontinence book in 2017 and is currently leading the 2020 edition. Finally, Chantale is still a practicing physiotherapist specialised in pelvic floor rehabilitation, which influences and informs her patient-oriented research.
Which was your first ICS meeting: Heidelburg, Germany, August 28th-30th, 2002.
Why are you an ICS member: I was introduced to ICS by Jo Laycock. I believe ICS is the most important international society in the field of lower urinary tract dysfunction, operating with the highest scientific standards. It allows exchange among and between disciplines, from medical and allied health clinicians to basic scientists, engineering and patient organisations, as well as younger and older international delegates. ICS was instrumental for my career development, from site identification for my postdoctoral fellowship (with Chris Constantinou, Stanford, USA), to research collaborations and friendships.
The one paper (or book/article/video) you must read/view: The ICI book, especially the Conservative Management chapter. All Cochrane reviews on incontinence and ‘The Knack paper’ by Miller, Ashton-Miller and De Lancey in 1998.
If you could go back in time what advice would you give to yourself and why? Give yourself a goal for every meeting you attend: ask a question in a scientific session, talk to an expert and get involved in a committee. ICS is the ideal space for a young researcher to learn more about science from multidisciplinary international experts and for young clinicians to learn about evidence-based practice!
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