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Rising Star in Urology Research Awards

The 2014 Urology Care Foundation/Astellas Rising Stars in Urology Research Awards program is now accepting applications!

To encourage young urologists to enter and remain in research careers, the American Urological Association and the Urology Care Foundation, in partnership with Astellas US LLC, developed this innovative award. This program provides supplemental salary support to career development awardees to ensure that their research salary compensation is competitive with that of other urology faculty. These salary supplements will be awarded for a period of up to five years, with an escalating payment each year. The participants are required to apply for independent, R01-type funding before the end of their award period.

Find out more information about the Rising Star in Urology Research Awards – the deadline for application submission is Monday, June 2, 2014!

2015 Research Scholars Program Competition - Opening in late May

There are currently ten funding opportunities available for the 2015 Research Scholars Program. One of the awards is an unrestricted award funded through the Urology Care Foundation.

Of particular interest are four awards ([3] two year awards and [1] one 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 Society for Urologic Oncology will also sponsor a research award for 2015 in urologic oncology, the first award provided from the newly endowed SUO Research Scholar Fund.

The AUA Mid-Atlantic Section, AUA South Central Section, and the AUA Southeastern Section will also sponsor 2015 Research Scholars. Section Scholars must carry out their research within the geographical boundaries of their respective sections.

Finally, 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.

The 2015 competition will open in late May and run through early September.

AUA2014 Registration and Late Breaking Abstract Submission Site Now Open

Register today for AUA2014 in Orlando!

Join us May 16 – 21, 2014 in Orlando, FL for AUA2014! This year's program begins on Friday, May 16 with a full day of programming, including the Urologic Oncology Symposium: Progress in Translational Urologic Oncology Research; the Basic Science Symposium: New Perspectives in Pelvic Health; Crossfire: Controversies in Urology, featuring debates on today's hottest topics in urology—plus, poster and podium sessions, courses, and more! Register today!

Research Activities at AUA2014

AUA's Annual Meeting 2014 features a non-stop program devoted exclusively to urologic research from Friday May 16 to Sunday May 17.

Friday, May 16, 2014

8 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. National Urology Residents Preceptorship Program (NURPP)

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Urologic Oncology Research "Symposium Progress in Translational Urologic Oncology Research"

1 – 5 p.m. Basic Sciences Symposium "New Perspectives in Pelvic Health"

Saturday, May 17, 2014

8 – 11:30 a.m. Joint Meeting of the SUO and SBUR: New Landscape on Multidisciplinary Therapy for Hormone Refractory Advanced Prostate Cancer

8 a.m. – Noon "The Science of Female Pelvic Health"

1 – 3 p.m. Outstanding Poster Session on Research

2 – 4 p.m. Innovations in Urology

Sunday, May 18, 2014

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. AUA/NCI Joint Meeting "Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPORE) Workshop"

1 – 5:30 p.m. AUA Research Forum: "Showcasing Early Career Investigators"
1 – 3 p.m. Session I: Research Grantwriting Workshop
3 – 5:30 p.m. Session II: Early Career Investigator Research Showcase

New AUA Endowment

The American Urological Association (AUA) and Astellas US LLC, a U.S. affiliate of Tokyo-based Astellas Pharma Inc., have announced a $3 million commitment to the Urology Care Foundation and to the promising young urologists seeking careers in academic urology.

The gift, the largest ever awarded to the Urology Care Foundation, will maintain its research program supporting surgeon-scientists, the Rising Star in Urology Research Award. This prestigious program is designed to prepare outstanding young urologists for careers in urologic research and propel them in becoming leaders in the field across diverse disciplines.

"Due to the tremendous economic burden of urological diseases in America, and the exponential increase in the population of aging Americans, the need for this program is more acute today than ever before," said AUA President, Pramod C. Sogani, MD, FACS, FRCS(C). "Given the essential role urologists and scientists play in advancing the basic, translational and clinical research continuum, it is critical to have in place a program to ensure further recruitment of these individuals," he added.

The Rising Star program has been supported by Astellas for nearly a decade and has become the leading research program of the Urology Care Foundation in supporting surgeon-scientists. Originally started in 2005, the Rising Star program has supported 16 outstanding young urologists, all of whom are continuing their work in such critical areas of urology research as bladder cancer, incontinence, kidney cancer, prostate cancer and other urologic conditions.

"Astellas is honored to make this gift to the Urology Care Foundation," said Astellas Scientific & Medical Affairs Inc., Vice President, Jeffrey D. Bloss, MD. "The research from the individuals who have won the Rising Star Award is impressive and provides strong evidence that long term support of this effort through an endowment is a solid investment."

The Urology Care Foundation is the world’s leading nonprofit urologic health foundation. Through mentored research training programs that support the continuum of medical students, residents, urologists and post-doctorate fellows, the Urology Care Foundation focuses on funding urologic research for future generations of researchers. This is critical to helping find new treatments and improving patients’ lives. Urologists with advanced training and experience in urologic research are essential to future success, and by continuing this support in the form of an endowment, the urologic and medical community can ensure unbroken progression for succeeding generations of surgeon-scientists in urologic research.

NIDDK Path to Prevention of LUTS Workshop

May 3 – 4, 2014
9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
999 Ninth Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001

The goal of the NIDDK-sponsored workshop "Path to Prevention of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (LUTS) Workshop" is to provide a scientific background that can inform research to identify and establish modifiable risk factors for LUTS in women and help lay the foundation for future prevention studies.

Abstracts relevant to bladder health and prevention of lower urinary tract symptoms and conditions will be accepted until April 15, 0014. Please send abstracts to Dr. Tamara Bavendam.

TCGA Bladder Cancer Study Reveals Potential Drug Targets

Investigators with The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) Research Network have identified new potential therapeutic targets for a major form of bladder cancer, including important genes and pathways that are disrupted in the disease. They also discovered that, at the molecular level, some subtypes of bladder cancer – also known as urothelial carcinoma – resemble subtypes of breast, head and neck, and lung cancers suggesting similar routes of development. Read the full paper here.

Seth Lerner, MD, professor and chair of urologic oncology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, was one of the senior authors of the paper. Dr. Lerner is a previous AUA Research Scholar (1990-1991) and recently served on the 2014 Research Scholars Program Research Grants Review Committee.

AUA Annual Census

We are counting on you to make a difference! Approved by the AUA Board of Directors, the AUA Annual 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 providers throughout the world. Data collected will be used to fill knowledge gaps around urology workforce, practice, outcomes and value. Most importantly, census data will be used for lobbying and advocacy activity on behalf of the specialty. Census data will also be published in an annual publication, The State of Urological Workforce and Practice. COMPLETE YOUR AUA CENSUS WHILE AT AUA2014 AND RECEIVE A SPECIALLY DESIGNED AUA T-SHIRT!

Visit the Census booth in the Hall C Lobby at AUA2014 and www.AUAnet.org/Census to learn more! Your participation will demonstrate a stronger urology profession.

Oslo Prostate Cancer Symposium

The Prostate Cancer Foundation and the University of Oslo, Research Council of Norway are proud to present the Oslo Prostate Cancer Symposium: From the Bench to the Clinic May 14 – 16, 2014, at the University of Oslo, Norway. The goal of the symposium is to bring together basic, translational, and clinical researchers working on prostate cancer in a forum where the latest advances in the field will be presented by leading experts. In addition, there will be possibilities for short oral presentations chosen from the submitted abstracts in addition to a poster session.

Please visit www.mn.uio.no/ibv/opcas for preliminary program and further details.

Grant Opportunities from the Gates Foundation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and its funding partners in the Grand Challenges family of grant programs are inviting innovators to apply for the following Grand Challenges Exploration funding opportunity. This initiative encourages innovative and unconventional global health and development solutions, and is now accepting grant proposals for its latest application round. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for-profit companies.

Proposals are being accepted online until May 6, 2014 on the following topics:

Initial grants will be $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to $1 million. Full descriptions of the new topics and application instructions are available at: www.grandchallenges.org/explorations.

Diabetic Complications Consortium

The Diabetic Complications Consortium was established with intent of fostering collaborations and developing tools and resources for complications research. It has pilot and feasibility funds for a number of small, developmental, projects and solicits new proposals annually. Applications are due May 16, 2014 and successful projects will be awarded in the summer. Applications are short (5 pages) and budgets are $100,000 total costs for one year. The solicitation for 2014 is underway and the information can be found at www.diacomp.org/shared/pilotFeasibility.aspx.

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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