Professor Clare Fowler CBE

Training in Clinical Neurophysiology, Clare Fowler has been in her current position since 1987 and became Professor of Uro-Neurology at the Institute of Neurology, UCL in 2001. Her clinical specialisation is Neurology of bladder and sexual dysfunction. Particular interests include severe detrusor overactivity due to neurological or non-neurological causes, bladder dysfunction in the context of advancing neurological disease and urinary retention in young women (Fowler's syndrome).

Professor Fowler's main contributions to specialisation:

  • Established uro-neurology as a sub-speciality in UK.
  • Introduced several new treatments for severe detrusor overactivity. Most recently helped to establish detrusor injection of Botox to treat severe detrusor overactivity as a clinic procedure.
  • Described eponymous syndrome of urinary retention in young women, researched pathophysiological mechanisms of condition and established treatment programme of sacral neuromodulation.
  • Involved in many clinical trials, both “investigator lead” and commercial drug trials of new agents to treat detrusor overactivity or sexual dysfunction of both genders.


Professor Fowler has published more than 170 peer reviewed articles on aspects of the neurology of bladder control, neurological disorders affecting bladder or sexual function, Fowler’s syndrome and non-surgical treatments of these disorders. A list of publications is available on request.

Clare was awarded the CBE for services to Uro-Neurology in the 2012 New Year's Honours.


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