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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 26, 2010

Contact:
Lacey Dean, AUA
410-689-3932, Ldean@AUAnet.org

AUA FOUNDATION NAMES JOHANNES VIEWEG, MD, AS NEW RESEARCH COUNCIL CHAIR

LINTHICUM, MD, January 26, 2010–Johannes Vieweg, MD, has been appointed to chair the AUA Foundation’s Research Council, the body that works with the Foundation and the AUA to advance research progress across the entire spectrum of urologic diseases. The chair is expected to increase and diversify funding opportunities for urology research, and to enhance a culture that develops urologic investigators.

Dr. Vieweg was unanimously selected by the AUA Board of Directors at its October meeting. He will assume the position in June 2010, after the AUA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA. In his new position, Dr. Vieweg will provide oversight to the Research Council and its activities and will serve as an advisor to the AUA Foundation’s Office of Research.  He will also serve as a liaison to federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, the Veterans’ Health Administration and the Department of Defense. The chair of the Research Council oversees the various subcommittees of the Council and will help coordinate and implement research activities, including the Research Scholars Program.  The Research Scholars Program is celebrating 35 years of providing awards and scholarships to support young investigators who are interested in pursuing careers in urologic research.

 

“Dr. Vieweg has a unique strategic vision for enhancing our research initiatives and our ability to increase urology research funding opportunities,” said AUA Foundation Executive Director Sandra Vassos, MPH. “He will bring a great deal of energy to this effort.”

 

Dr. Vieweg will replace Anthony Schaeffer, MD, who is currently the chair of urology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, and who has served tirelessly in this position for the past seven years. Dr. Vieweg currently serves as professor and chair of the Department of Urology at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He is also the executive director of the University of Florida Prostate Disease Center and the program leader of the University’s Experimental Therapeutics Program. Dr. Vieweg completed his post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Genetic and Cellular Therapies and his urology residency training at Duke University. Dr. Vieweg is interested in applied genetics and immunology research. He has received extensive funding at the national level and has served on multiple National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Cancer Institute (NCI) grant review panels.

 

Contact Lacey Dean at 410-689-4054 for more information on the AUA Foundation Research Council Chair or to schedule an interview with one of the following experts:

·         Sandra Vassos, MPA, AUA Foundation executive director

·         Anton Bueschen, MD, AUA president

·         Johannes Vieweg, MD, incoming chair of the AUA Foundation Research Council, chair of the Department of Urology at the University of Florida College of Medicine

·         Leo Giambarresi, PhD, AUA Foundation director of research

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About the AUA Foundation: The AUA Foundation is the world’s leading non-profit urological health foundation and the Official Foundation of the American Urological Association. Our mission is to promote health, provide hope and promise a future free of urologic disease, including cancer.

 

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