AUA Investigator – New E-Newsletter from the AUA Office of Research
The AUA Office of Research is excited to announce the inaugural release of the AUA Investigator, an e-newsletter designed for the sole purpose of supporting and galvanizing the urologic research community. This quarterly publication will provide useful information on urologic research events, resources, funding opportunities and grantwriting, impactful new projects within the research community, research and patient advocacy, research training and faculty opportunities, and more. Subscribe now!
Core for Smooth Muscle Analysis
The Core for Smooth Muscle Analysis (CSMA) is an NIH-funded core to provide the urological research community and investigators outside the realm of this discipline with the tools for real-time systems level analysis of lower urinary tract smooth muscle motility. Underpinned by the NIDDK’s goal of disseminating scientific information on prevalent urological disorders, CSMA will provide researchers with the tools for real?time systems level analysis of urinary tract smooth muscle motility. CSMA will use novel intact UT explants, optical mapping techniques, and real time video microscopy to phenotypically analyze normal and pathological UT motility in mouse models of UT dysfunction, as a service to independent investigators. To inquire about these services, please email the CSMA.
Bladder Cancer Genomics Consortium
The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN) recently announced a partnership with Paradigm for the launch of a large-scale genomically-driven bladder cancer study. The Hoosier Cancer Research Network will act as the coordinating center. This study is the first project of the Bladder Cancer Genomics Consortium (BCGC), a collaborative effort between BCAN and major medical centers. The goal is to develop an enriched understanding of the genomic profile of bladder cancer to facilitate the development of novel therapeutics. Eight institutions recognized for their expertise in bladder cancer are expected to participate in the study, including Dana Farber Cancer Institute; Johns Hopkins; MD Anderson Cancer Center; Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; The University of Chicago; University of Michigan; and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Urology Care Foundation Awards Support Prostate Cancer Research
The AUA and Urology Care Foundation are proud to support efforts to advance prostate cancer research. Since 2010, we have invested $1.3 million in prostate cancer research through a variety of funding opportunities dedicated to supporting researchers and physician scientists. A total of 41 awardees have conducted research on prostate cancer in a variety of areas, including biomarkers, imaging, genomics, molecular biology, and overall quality of care. Since 1975, the AUA and Urology Care Foundation have invested over $24 million providing over 625 awards and scholarships. The Urology Care Foundation also provides annual Awards of Distinction in urologic research and mentorship, including the Richard William, MD Prostate Cancer Research Excellence Award. The 2015 Williams Award recipient, Dr. Donald Tindall from the Mayo Clinic and the 2015 Distinguished Scholar Alumnus, Dr. James Mohler from the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, are both renowned prostate cancer researchers. The AUA and Urology Care Foundation continue to work tirelessly to enhance and promote our programs, events and training workshops to help advance the field and ultimately lead to new treatments.
AUA Western Section Research Scholars Presenting at 2015 Meeting
The AUA Western Section, in partnership with the AUA, has generously established two Urology Care Foundation Research Scholar endowment funds. The two scholars currently supported by those funds—Sungyong You, PhD, from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and George Schade, MD, from the University of Washington–will present during the “Urology Care Foundation Scholar Experience” session on Tuesday, October 27th during the Western Section Meeting in Indian Wells, CA. Congratulations to our scholars and thanks to the Western Section for its continued support!