MAPP Research Network Study Seeks People with IC/BPS or CP/CPPS –

Do you or someone you know suffer from Interstitial Cystitis/Bladder Pain Syndrome (IC/BPS) or Chronic Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CPPS)? Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine is looking for men and women who have IC/BPS and men who have CPPS to participate in a research study.

Do you qualify:

You may qualify for this study if you are 18 or older AND experience ANY of the following:

  • Have felt pain, pressure, or discomfort in lower stomach area (abdomen) or pelvic area
  • Have been told by a doctor or other healthcare professional(s) you have IC/BPS or CPPS

What will you do if you participate?

This study is part of the Multidisciplinary Approach to the Study of Chronic Pelvic Pain (MAPP) Research Network, funded by the National Institutes of Health, and takes a whole-body approach to understanding the causes of chronic pelvic pain.

As part of this study, we will observe different aspects of your health over time. We will ask you questions and gather information about your health for research purposes. This study does not involve any treatment for your condition.

If you qualify to participate, you will be asked to do the following:

  • Come for 5 in-person clinic visits, over three years, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago
  • Have 1 physical and 2 pelvic exams
  • Complete questionnaires
  • Provide blood and urine samples
  • Collect saliva samples at home
  • Have a head MRI  scan

You will be compensated for your participation, and you will also receive all study-related procedures at no cost.  During this study, you will remain under the care of your usual physicians.

Interested or have questions? Contact Northwestern Today!

Call 1-855-NU STUDY (or 1-312-503-6227) or email
You can also click to answer a few questions to see if you qualify.
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