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Annual Meeting Events – Basic Sciences Symposium

The Basic Sciences Symposium, held annually at the American Urological Association (AUA) Annual Meeting, is a premier research event attracting basic scientists, surgeon-scientists, and urologic investigators from various specialties. Past program topics include stems cells and nanotechnology and, more recently, inflammation and fibrosis.

The 2014 AUA Basic Sciences Symposium, “New Perspectives in Pelvic Health”, will be held at the 2014 AUA Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida on Friday, May 16, 2014 from 1 – 5 p.m.

The conference benefits from the synergy of new investigators and successful senior researchers in a stimulating and informative setting. The information discussed and shared during this meeting will assist in translating basic and clinical research to practical application. It is also intended to serve as a forum where young investigators have the opportunity to meet and interact with leaders in the fields of genomics, neuroscience, and multiple other areas of particular relevance to lower urinary tract dysfunction. By learning about the potential roles of factors that affect pelvic health in men and women, junior investigators and other attendees will be in better positions to understand the pathogenesis of benign pelvic disorders and to formulate novel translational approaches. The connections made during the meeting are expected to stimulate research collaborations and promote this exciting area of research to the next generation of investigators.

The Program Co-Chairs are: Lori Birder PhD, Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; Toby Chai MD, Vice Chair for Research, and Director of the Female Pelvic Medicine Reconstruction Surgery Program, Yale University School of Medicine; and Tamara Bavendam MD, Program Director, Women’s Urologic Health, NIDDK. 

The meeting is organized into three scientific sessions with ample question and answer periods. To add breadth and to emphasize the need for urgent progress in this area, the meeting will also feature a “Public Perspective” session to be provided by Missy Lavender, the Executive Director of the Women’s Health Foundation.  Leaders of the AUA and its affiliated specialty societies, including the Society for Basic Urology Research (SBUR), the Society for Urodynamics and Female Urology (SUFU), and the Society for Infection and Inflammation in Urology will be specifically invited to attend. Also in attendance will be Program Officers from NIDDK and National Institute of Aging.

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Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 1 R13 DK102350-01 from NIDDK. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.


2013: Inflammation and Fibrosis
2012: Nanomedicine: Applications in Urology
2011: Stem Cells in Urologic Diseases


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