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2015 Research Scholars Program Competition – NOW OPEN!

2015 Research Scholars Program – NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES!

The competition is underway for the 2015 Urology Care Foundation Research Scholars Program, and the AUA is proud to announce that the program recently established four new endowments! The AUA Western Section and the Society for Urologic Oncology (SUO) each established second endowment funds. The Indian American Urological Association (IAUA) established two funds to support the Indian American Urological Association/Sakti Das, MD Research Scholar Award and the Indian American Urological Association/Kailish Kedia, MD Research Scholar Award.

There will be at least 17 funding opportunities available, including four awards (three 2-year awards and one 1-year award) that are available for research in neurotoxins and other areas related to neurourological conditions of the bladder. These awards are made possible through the generous support of The Allergan Foundation.

The AUA Mid-Atlantic Section, AUA South Central Section, AUA Western Section, and the AUA Southeastern Section will sponsor 2015 Research Scholars.

The Center for Prostate Disease Research will sponsor an investigator working in prostate cancer research. 

The Kidney Cancer Association will support a scholarship for an investigator working in the field of kidney cancer/renal cell carcinoma.

The Urology Care Foundation will also offer an unrestricted one- or two-year award in urology research.

There are three international funding opportunities available! The Joseph Segura Scholarship in Endourology and Stone Management is available in 2015 to domestic and international investigators performing basic, translational or clinical research in urolithiasis, endourology and stone management. Both the IAUA Sakti Das, MD and the Kailish Kedia, MD Research Scholars Awards are also open to international applicants.

Please contact Jessica Ames with any questions.

2015 Research Scholars Program Announcement [pdf]

2015 Research Scholars Program Application Agreement [pdf]

Not an AUA Member yet? Create an AUA ID and begin the application process.

AUA Members can begin the application process.

The deadline for application submission is Thursday, September 4, 2014!

Register Now! 2014 AUA Summer Research Conference

"Patient Phenotyping: Advancing Treatment of Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction"

September 13 – 14, 2014

AUA Headquarters – Linthicum, MD

1000 Corporate Boulevard

Linthicum, Maryland 21090

The goals of the American Urological Association (AUA) Summer Research Conference are to address a timely and important area in urology research and to inspire young basic scientists and urologists by providing opportunities for participation and networking at an outstanding and rigorous scientific program presented by leaders in the field. The purpose of the 2014 Summer Research Conference, "Patient Phenotyping: Advancing Treatment of Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction" is to identify, develop, and implement strategies aimed toward improving research which will enhance the understanding of lower urinary tract dysfunction (LUTD) in both younger and older adults. This conference is also intended to complement and synergize with the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)’s Measurement of Urinary Symptoms (MOMUS) and Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction Research Network (LURN) initiatives.

The Summer Research Conference includes poster exhibits, networking opportunities, and a funding workshop with roundtable discussions where researchers can get the last funding information and talk directly with training officers from the National Institutes of Health. This meeting is intended for individuals at all levels of their research and/or clinical careers.

There is a $100 registration fee for early career investigators (within 10 years of residency or doctorate) and $250 registration fee for senior investigators and others. To register, contact the AUA Customer Service Department at 1-800-908-9414 or e-mail In addition, travel awards up to $1,000 are available for early career investigators. Please contact Rodney Cotten for more information.

Hotel Information:

Hyatt Place Baltimore/BWI Airport

940 International Drive

Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

Reservations: 410-859-3366

To hold a reservation, a major credit card number must be provided.

$101 single/double. Reference the AUA/Summer Research Conference to receive the special group rate. Once the AUA group block is full, which may be prior to the cut-off date, the AUA is unable to guarantee rooms at this rate or at this hotel.

Please book your room by August 20 to get the guaranteed early bird hotel rate of $101. Guest rooms may not be available at the AUA special rate after this date.

The Hyatt Place is less than 3 miles from BWI Airport and the Amtrak BWI Rail Station. The hotel offers a 24-hour complimentary shuttle. To use this service, please call the hotel upon arrival at BWI Airport or Amtrak BWI Rail Station to request a shuttle. Please meet your shuttle near the outer curb. The phone number is: 410-859-3366. Shuttle service will also be provided from the Hyatt Place to the AUA each day of the meeting.

View the Program Agenda

Apply for a Travel Award

The Ann Arbor Urological Health Services Research Symposium 2014

On September 18-19, 2014, the University Of Michigan Department Of Urology will host the 2nd Ann Arbor Urological Health Services Research Symposium. Building on the highly successful initial symposium held in 2012, this program will gather experts in urological Health Services Research, as well as national thought leaders in the social sciences to expand the boundaries of the current research agendas. To that end, the focus will be on opportunities for “big data" to improve healthcare quality. Additionally, there will be discussions regarding the implications of social networks on urological care and the roles of implementation science and quality improvement interventions to enhance care delivery. Please visit the website for more information.

2014 Residency Research Award

Michael Gorin, MD at Johns Hopkins Hospital was recently selected for a 2014 Urology Care Foundation Residency Research Award. This award is designed to fund an outstanding urology resident for a period of one year while the resident fulfills his or her obligation for research training. Dr. Gorin’s award is made possible through the support of the Kidney Cancer Association.

Summer Medical Student Fellowship Awards

Awardees were recently selected for the 2014 Arkansas Urologic Society Summer Medical Student Fellowship Program and the Urology Care Foundation/Herbert Brendler, MD Summer Medical Student Fellowship Program. These programs offer a $3,000 stipend to medical students while they conduct urology research for two months during the summer under the expert mentorship of a leading urologic researcher.

2014 Arkansas Urologic Society Summer Medical Student Fellowship Program Awardees:

Wilson Alobuia, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Bradley Houston, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Kelsey Ward, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

2014 Urology Care Foundation/Herbert Brendler, MD Summer Medical Student Fellowship Program Awardees:

Ryan Chuang, University of California Los Angeles

Hitesh Dube, Indiana University

Aristeo Lopez, Stanford University

Maya Overland, University of California San Francisco

Adam Weiner, University of Chicago

Ao Zhang, Cleveland Clinic

Register Now - SBUR Fall Symposium

The Society for Basic Urologic Research presents the 2014 Fall Symposium Omics in Urologic Research – New Frontiers Driving Precision Medicine, November 13 – 16, 2014 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas. 

This three day program focuses on “omics” technologies and how they have impacted our understanding of urologic disease. The 2014 Special Invited Lecturers Include:  Haifan Lin, PhD the Leland W.K. Chung Lecturer and Ian Thompson, MD, the AUA Lecturer. Plenary Sessions Include:  Omics: Drivers from Bench to Bedside; Emerging Transcriptomics and Novel Pathways; Models and Disparities in Urologic Diseases; Molecular Markers and Targets for Urologic Diseases and Emerging Treatment Strategies for Advanced Urologic Cancer. Earn 17.75 CME Credits.

View the Program and Register Now at The early bird registration deadline is October 10, 2014!

AUA Annual Census

The American Urological Association is continuing to collect data for its Annual Census! The AUA Census will, for the first time, explore the profession of urology from multiple angles in one systematically designed survey by collecting data from urologists and other urology professionals throughout the world.

The AUA wants to hear from you. Researchers make important contributions to urology, and your perspective should be represented in the AUA Census data. Everyone who takes the Census will receive a free copy of the annual report The State of Urology Workforce and Practice in the United States and be entered into a contest to win a Kindle Fire HD. During the month of August, Census respondents also will be entered into a weekly raffle to win a “Urinary Tract Team” t-shirt.

Frequently asked questions:

September 30, 2014

It will be released at the end of this year.

It only takes a few minutes to complete!

A de-identifiable individual level census-based public use micro data set will become available for research and analysis.

Make sure your voice is heard! Take the AUA Annual Census:

NIDDK Career Development Awardee Workshop Support

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), in an effort to enhance career development opportunities for its mentored K-awardees and help in their transition to independent research careers, sponsors a workshop on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland on a biennial basis. Participation in the workshop is by invitation only and limited to NIDDK-funded mentored-K awardees (K01, K08, K12, K23, K25 and K99).

The purpose of the workshop is to offer NIDDK K-awardees an in-depth view of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), NIDDK, and the grant submission and review process. The workshop provides an opportunity to become familiar with the roles of various NIH staff, the types of grant support and resources available, and the inner workings of the peer review system. Senior investigators from the extramural NIDDK community provide grant-writing tips and career advice. NIDDK program staff also meets in small groups with the attendees to answer questions about funding opportunities within NIDDK.

For more information please contact Marilyn F. Rosendorf or by phone at 301-402-4625.

30th Biennial South African Urological Association Congress

The 30th biennial South African Urological Association Congress will be held 18-21 September 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. The highlight of the Congress is the dynamic scientific program which will explore important urological topics with high profile local and international experts. Interested parties may now register, book accommodation and submit an abstract via the website:

Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Accepting Applications for Early Career Fellowship Awards

The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation seeks to accelerate breakthroughs in research by providing the best young scientists with funds to pursue leading-edge cancer research. To that end, the Damon Runyon Fellowship Award is designed to provide early career scientists with resources to hone their cancer research skills and explore their own ideas while working with mentors in top universities and cancer research centers. Candidates must apply for the fellowship under the guidance of a sponsor, who must be a scientist (tenured, tenure-track, or equivalent position) capable of providing mentorship to the fellow. Awards are intended to support the fellow under direct supervision of the sponsor.

The foundation encourages all theoretical and experimental research relevant to the study of cancer and the search for cancer causes, mechanisms, therapies, and prevention.

Applicants must have completed one or more of the following degrees or its equivalent: M.D., Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D., D.D.S., and/or D.V.M.

The proposed research must be conducted at a university, hospital, or research institution. Candidates who already have accepted a postdoctoral research fellowship award are not eligible to apply. Candidates applying to work in foreign-based or U.S. government laboratories may be awarded a fellowship if they are considered to be especially meritorious or if the program represents an unusual opportunity for postdoctoral training. Foreign candidates may apply to do their research only in the U.S.

The award provides a stipend of $50,000 per year for three years for Level I funding, and $60,000 per year for three years for Level II funding. (Physician-scientists who have completed their residencies, clinical training, and are board eligible will receive Level II funding.) The award may not be used for institutional overhead or indirect costs. Fellows also receive an annual $2,000 expense allowance for educational and scientific expenses.

Link to Complete RFP

NIH CSR Early Career Reviewer Program

The NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR) Early Career Reviewer (ECR) program was developed to train qualified scientists without prior CSR review experience to become effective reviewers, help emerging researchers advance their careers by exposing them to peer review, and enrich the existing pool of NIH reviewers by including scientists from less research-intensive institutions as well as those from traditionally research-intensive institutions.

Applicants should be full-time faculty members or researchers in a similar role, show evidence of an active independent program of research, have recent senior authored research publications in peer-reviewed journals, and have not served on a CSR study section in a role other than a mail reviewer or ARRA reviewer. Prior NIH funding is not a requirement.

Further information regarding the program may be found here.




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