Functional Urology

The functional urology research group focusses on designing health care solutions for patients with neurogenic and non-neurogenic urinary incontinence and urinary retention. Worldwide more than 500 million patients suffer from such functional bladder disorders. Our main research goal is to improve clinical care directly within 5 years for our patients by implementation of the results from basic, translational and clinical research. Currently, we have five research leads.

A reusable catheter

Millions of people have difficulty in emptying their urinary bladder resulting in urinary retention or post void residue (PVR), which it treated by intermittent catheterization. Read more

A pacemaker for urinary retention

New treatment options in the management of urinary retention are desirable to decrease the necessity for catheter use for intermittent urinary drainage. Read more

Prediction models incontinence

The pelvic floor is involved in urinary and fecal continence, support of organs, sensory function of the pelvic organs and lower urinary tract. Read more

Urogenital brain biomarkers

There is still a lot unknown about how the brain controls bladder, bowel and sexual function. Our aim is to expand the knowledge in healthy volunteers by using functional neuroimaging. Read more

Optimizing treatment of urinary tract infections

Urinary tract infections are very common in society, especially in patients who use CIC or indwelling catheter for bladder emptying. Read more


Bertil Blok                 MD, PhD

Bertil Blok MD, PhD


Jeroen Scheepe   MD, PhD

Jeroen Scheepe MD, PhD

Pediatric urologist

Alexander Stillebroer MD, PhD

Alexander Stillebroer MD, PhD


Els van Asselt, PhD

Els van Asselt, PhD




Jan Groen                 MD, PhD

Jan Groen MD, PhD

Sophie Berendsen   MD

Sophie Berendsen MD


Rosa Coolen MD

Rosa Coolen MD

PhD Candidate

Tess van Doorn         MD

Tess van Doorn MD