A group of students and faculty in the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine (PLFSOM) recently attended the 34th Annual Scientific Session of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA). The organization encourages research and publication to advance the science and art of clinical anatomy.
Fourth-year medical student Zoltan Krudy was awarded the Sandy C. Marks, Jr. Student Poster Presentation Award for his basic science poster presentation.
Krudy studied the distribution of nerve fibers branching out from the dorsal genital nerve, the main nerve responsible for sensation in the sex organs, and found a direct line of communication with the external urethral sphincter, the muscles that control the exit of urine from the bladder. Anatomists have previously speculated that the external urethral sphincter was controlled by the perineal nerve; however, Krudy’s work offers new insight behind the dorsal genital nerve’s potential involvement with urinary function.
“Krudy’s work is an important first step in resolving what may be a long-standing misconception about the innervation of the external urethral sphincter,” said Professor of Anatomy Thomas Gest, Ph.D. “We have more work to perform in order to confirm this finding, but Krudy’s work has led us into a promising line of investigation with clinical relevance.”
Krudy’s study was supported by a mini-seed grant from the PLFSOM’s Scholarly Activity and Research Program (SARP).