Research Publications

Teaching, Research and Professional Affiliations

Education and Research

Dr Kannan is a keen researcher and educator in Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Urogynaecology. She teaches O& G to undergraduate students at the School of Medicine at the James Cook University. Medical interns, house officers, registrars and fellows routinely train under the supervision of Dr Kannan each year. Dr Kannan is one of the few Certified Clinical Investigators in her profession. Some of her professional associations and research accomplishments are listed below:

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists [FRANZCOG]
  • RANZCOG Research Foundation 
  • Member of UroGynaecological Society of Australasia (UGSA)
  • Member of UGSA Educational Committee
  • Member of International Urogynaecology Association,  [IUGA]
  • Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine (ASUM)
  • International Continence Society (ICS)
  • Australasian Gynaecological Endoscopic Society (AGES)
  • American Urogynaecological Society (AUGS)

Research

Principal  or co Investigator in the following clinical trials / studies:

  • Study of biomechanical and histological components of various pelvic reconstructive graft materials – An animal study.
  • Cystocele and Stress Urinary Incontinence – Simultaneous repair by a modified surgical technique using Transobturator mesh – A prospective study [SIMPAIR Study] - Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials – Trial number 082918
  • Australasian survey on the management of 3rd and 4th degree perineal tear.
  • Effect of bladder volume in the measurement of urethral pressure profile during urodynamics

Scholarly Interest

Dr Kannan’s research efforts over the last few years have been focussed around the safety and efficacy of various graft materials used in pelvic reconstructive surgery. Long-term research interests will focus towards gaining insights in to the etiology of pelvic organ prolapse and methods used in minimally invasive surgery for pelvic floor repair and reconstruction. Dr Kannan is currently involved in a curriculum content development project as a part of her work with the Harvard Macy Institute in the United States.

Publications: Peer Review Articles     

Sling Distress – Sub analysis of  IVS tapes from the SUSPEND trial
Kannan K, Siva B, Rane A, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 2007 Dec, 47(6); 496-98

Ambulatory Gynaecology and urogynaecology procedures, a viable option? – An audit
Kannan K, Balakrishnan S, Kasper A, Corstiaans A, Rane A, Australia and New Zealand Continence Journal ( ANZCJ), Vol. 14, No. 2 • Winter 2008 p 6 - 10

Prospective study of the Perigee system for the management of Cystocele – Medium-term follow up.
Rane A, Kannan K, Barry C, Balakrishnan S, Lim Y and Corstiaans A, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2008, Aug: 48 (4); 427 - 432

Prospective evaluation of the safety and efficacy of the Apogee™ system for treatment of vault prolapse,
Balakrishnan S, Lim Y Barry C, Corstianns A, Kannan K, Rane A. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Volume 28, Issue 6 August 2008, pages 618 – 620

Recurrent non-absorbable suture erosion into the bladder after a Pereyra bladder neck suspension,
K. Kannan; S. Balakrishnan; A. Kasper; A. Corstiaans; A. Rane.
Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Volume 29, Issue 4 May 2009, pages 352 – 353

Urogynaecology and the general gynaecologist
Kannan K, Rane A
O&G Magazine, Vol 12 No 1 Autumn 2010 pages 18-19

Maternal urological problems in pregnancy
P. Fiadjoe, K. Kannan, A. Rane
European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2010; 152(1): 13-7

Pelvic Haematoma following Miniarc surgery – A case report
A. Jain, K. Kannan, A. Rane
The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 2010;50(5): 497-8

Pelvic Haematoma after PerigeeTM procedure for cystocoele - a case report
Kannan K, Rane A
Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2010;30(5):524-5.

Thyroid function and pregnancy – before, during and beyond
Kennedy RL, Malabu SH, Kazi M, Kannan K, Rane A
Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology 2010; 30(8): 774-83

Microscopic alterations of vaginal tissue in women with Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Kannan K, McConnell A, MacLeod M, Rane A
Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology 2011; 31(3):250-3

The sacrospinous ligament – effectively convenient or conveniently effective? ( In press )
A Rane, M Frazer, A Jain, K Kannan, J Iyer
Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Leucoplakia Vesicae – A case report.
N. Kasianandan, K.Kannan.
International Urogynecology Journal, 2011; in e-print

Scientific Poster Presentations

Miniarc activity study (MAS) Does early physical activity affect the cure rate of Miniarc?
Poovalingam G, Kannan K, Rane A
International Urogynecological Association 2010 – poster presentation – Toronto - Canada.

Cystocele and Stress urinary incontinence: Simultaneous repair (Sim-Pair) by a modified surgical technique using transobturator mesh. A prospective study.
Kannan K, Corstiaans A, Audas N, Rane A
International Urogynecological Association 2010 – poster presentation – Toronto - Canada.

AVLEV – A novel idea of a “levator brace” during pelvic reconstructive surgery.
Rane A, Kannan K
International Urogynecological Association 2010 – poster presentation – Toronto - Canada.

Comparison of intraabdominal and intravesical pressures in sitting and squatting positions.
Balakrishnan S, Kannan K, Corstiaans A, Abdullah A, Rane A
International Urogynecological Association 2010 – poster presentation – Toronto - Canada.

Does the appearance of Miniarc sling on 2D ultrasound really matter?
Poovalingam G, Kannan K, Rane A
International Urogynecological Association 2010 – poster presentation – Toronto - Canada.

Study of tractional force for various pelvic reconstructive graft materials – An experimental animal model
Kannan K, Watt K, Fiadjoe P, Rane A
International Urogynecological Association 2010 – poster presentation – Toronto - Canada.

Prospective study of the Perigee™ System for the treatment of cystoceles – our 5-year experience.
Rane A, Kannan K, Corstiaans A
International Urogynecological Association 2009 – poster presentation – Como – Italy.

Effect of intra vesicular steroids in the treatment of interstitial cystitis – retrospective audit.
Kannan K, Corstiaans A, Fiadjoe P, Rane A
International Urogynecological Association 2009 – poster presentation – Como – Italy.

Does assessment of subjective global satisfaction of surgical outcome reflect the whole story?
Fiadjoe P, Corstiaans A, Kannan K, Rane A.
International Urogynecological Association 2009 – poster presentation – Como – Italy.

Prevalence of urinary incontinence and irritative lower urinary tract symptoms in adult patients with diabetes.
Chadwick R, Corstiaans A, Kannan K, Rane A.
International Urogynecological Association 2009 – poster presentation – Como – Italy.

Management of obstetric anal sphincter injury and correlation with postpartum endoanal ultrasound.
Paulsen G, Kannan K, Rane A.
International Urogynecological Association 2009 – poster presentation – Como – Italy.

Does assessment of subjective global satisfaction of surgical outcome reflect the whole story?
Fiadjoe P, Kannan K, Corstiaans A, Rane A.
International Urogynecological Association 2009 – poster presentation – Como, Italy

Does micturition improve in the squatting position?
Rane A, Fiadjoe P, Corstiaans A, Kannan K
International Urogynecological Association 2008 – poster presentation – Taipei, Taiwan

Sexuality in the Geripause: A pilot study evaluating prevalence of sexual activity and limitations of sexual expression in older urogynaecology patients.
Litster S, Kannan K, A. Corstiaans, Fiadjoe P, Rane A
International Urogynecological Association 2008 – poster presentation – Taipei, Taiwan

Is objective failure after Stress urinary incontinence surgery a true failure?
Fiadjoe P, Kannan K, Corstiaans A, Rane A
International Urogynecological Association 2008 – poster presentation – Taipei, Taiwan

Comparison of Intraabdominal and intravesical pressures in the sitting and squatting positions.
Kannan K, Fiadjoe P, Rane A
International Urogynecological Association 2008 – poster presentation – Taipei, Taiwan

Microscopic alterations of vaginal tissue in women with pelvic organ prolapse
Kannan K, McConnell A, MacLeod M, Rane A
International Urogynecological Association 2007 – poster presentation – Cancun, Mexico

Ambulatory day surgery in Urogynecology- is this a viable option? ORAL PRESENTATION
Balakrishnan S, Kasper A, Corstiaans A, Kannan K, Rane A
International Urogynecological Association 2007 – Cancun, Mexico

Perigee Transobturator Cystocele repair system – further on
Balakrishnan S, Lim Y, Barry C, Corstiaans A, Kannan K, Rane A
International Urogynecological Association 2007 – Cancun, Mexico

Treatment of stress incontinence and Cystocele using Perigee alone
Balakrishnan S, Kannan K, Corstiaans A, Rane A
International Urogynecological Association 2007 – Cancun, Mexico

Book Chapters

Newer Concepts of Anterior and Posterior Vaginal Prolapse Repair
Kannan K, Fiadjoe P, Rane A

Articles Submitted

Management of Obstetric anal sphincter injury and correlation with post partum endoanal ultrasound
G. Paulsen, K. Kannan, R. Muller, A. Rane
Submitted to The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Prospective study of the PerigeeTM system for treatment of cystocele – Our 5 year experience
Rane A, Kannan K, Corstiaans A
Submitted to The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Cystocele and Stress Urinary Incontinence: Simultaneous repair by a modified surgical technique using transobturator mesh. A prospective study.
Kannan K, Muller R, Corstiaans A, Audas, N, Frazer M, Rane A.
Submitted to Internation Urogyaecology Journal