Established in 1993, the Conference facilitates rigorous and in-depth discussion of an overarching topic area in urologic research. These conferences attract leaders in the field including clinicians and both early-career and established investigators in urology and related fields. It provides a forum to promote not only scientific exchange critical to research advancements, but also the careers of early-career investigators through education, networking, mentoring, and encouragement. It also offers an intense and intimate venue to meet research leaders and learn about emerging research concepts and methods. The SRC is held every two years at AUA Headquarters in Linthicum, MD
2016 Topic: Targeting Epigenetics and Genome Regulation to Improve Urologic Health
This topic has become increasingly pursued in numerous fields and understanding the influence of epigenetics, which involves genetic control by factors other than DNA sequence in both malignant and benign urologic diseases and conditions, has the potential to rapidly advance therapeutic approaches in urology due to the knowledge already established in other fields. Therefore, the conference will include experts from several fields outside of urology. The purpose of this conference is to bring together 1) leaders in the field of epigenetics and genome regulation and 2) investigators inside and outside of urology to increase understanding of epigenetic factors in the development and progression of urologic disease and facilitate effective approaches to therapeutically target these factors.
"Patient Phenotyping: Advancing Treatment of Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction"
September 13 – 14, 2014
The 2014 American Urological Association (AUA)/Society for Basic Urologic Research (SBUR) Summer Research Conference, "Patient Phenotyping: Advancing Treatment of Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction" was held on September 13 – 14 at the AUA Headquarters in Linthicum, MD. The program chairs were Toby Chai, MD, J. Quentin Clemens, MD, and Michel Pontari, MD.
This conference was intended to complement and synergize with the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) Measurement of Urinary Symptoms (MOMUS) and Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction Research Network (LURN) initiatives. Additionally, the AUA's National Urology Research Agenda (NURA) specifically identifies BPH and urinary incontinence as major priority areas and advancing progress in those areas is relevant to the AUA mission. The presentation and poster sessions during the meeting aimed to advance progress in urology research by fostering new opportunities for collaborations between basic and clinical participants, and lead to the translation of discoveries between laboratory and clinical settings. The information shared during this meeting helped advance the goals of the MOMUS and LURN by facilitating progress in understanding the etiology and natural history of LUTD and development of comprehensive symptom assessment tools through patient phenotyping.
"Hormones in Urologic Health"
August 11 — 12, 2012
The 2012 American Urological Association (AUA)/Society for Basic Urologic Research (SBUR) Summer Research Conference, "Hormones in Urologic Health and Development" was held August 11—12 at the AUA Headquarters in Linthicum, Maryland. The chairs for the meeting were Allen Seftel, MD, and Natasha Kyprianou, PhD.
2012 marked the 20th anniversary of the annual Summer Research Conference. This particular symposium was designed to enhance the understanding of the physiological interactions of hormone within the genitourinary system during development, assess the roles that hormones play as the body ages, define the current state of androgen receptor targeting, and relate these strategic areas to the critical need for future medical breakthroughs in urology to treat and cure diseases in patients of all races, ages, and ethnicities. The program also featured poster displays and talks from National Institutes of Health (NIH) training officers on career development and funding opportunities.
"Aging and Urologic Diseases"
July 16 – 17, 2011
The 2011 American Urological Association (AUA) Urology Care Foundation/Society for Basic Urology Research Summer Research Conference, “Aging and Urologic Diseases” [pdf] was held July 16 – 17 at the AUA Headquarters in Linthicum, Maryland.
The Program Chairs were Tomas Griebling, MD, MPH; Philipp Dahm, MD; and Jill Macoska, PhD. The program included sessions on common aging associated urologic conditions, common geriatric syndromes, basic sciences in aging research, health services and health policy, and translational research. The program also featured poster displays and talks from National Institutes of Health (NIH) training officers on career development and funding opportunities.
August 7 – 8, 2010
The 2010 American Urological Association (AUA)/Society for Basic Urology Research Summer Research Conference, “Urinary Incontinence: Integrating Basic and Clinical Research Perspectives” was held August 7 – 8 at the AUA Headquarters in Linthicum, Maryland. The Program Chairs were Chris Winters, MD; Toby Chai, MD; and Margot Damaser, PhD.
Urinary incontinence is a highly prevalent condition that affects women, men and children, and results in a significant degradation of quality of life. The incidence of urinary incontinence increases with age and, given the rapid increases expected in the proportion of older Americans over the next decade, this conference was particularly timely. Topics covered include epidemiology of urinary incontinence, proteomics, diabetes, obesity, overactive bladder and bladder physiology, uropharmacology and pelvic floor disorders. The program also featured poster displays and talks from National Institutes of Health (NIH) training officers on career development and funding opportunities.
August 7 – 8, 2009
The 2009 American Urological Association (AUA)/Society for Basic Urology Research (SBUR) Summer Research Conference, “Decreasing Mortality from Bladder Cancer over the Next Decade” was held August 7 – 8 at the AUA Headquarters in Linthicum, Maryland. The Program Chairs were Dan Theodorescu, MD, PhD, and David McConkey, MD.
This conference provided a comprehensive review of the major scientific and clinical issues that are uniquely relevant to urothelial cancer. The program covered a full spectrum of topics, including efforts to improve risk assessment and early detection, molecular classification of disease subsets, and genomic approaches to match tumor biology to effective therapy. The program also featured poster displays and talks from National Institutes of Health (NIH) training officers on career development and funding opportunities.
August 7 – 9, 2008
The 2008 American Urological Association (AUA)/SBUR Summer Research Conference on Sexual Medicine [pdf] was held August 7 – 9 at the AUA Headquarters in Linthicum, Maryland. The Program Chair was Arthur Burnett, MD.
Topics spanned the entire spectrum of sexual medicine and presentations ranged from basic to translational research. This conference incorporated a mentoring dinner program and two keynote speakers. There was a panel discussion entitled “Practical Guides to Writing Grants and Getting Research Done.”
"Clinical Trials and Outcomes Research"
August 2 – 4, 2007
The 2007 American Urological Association (AUA)/Society for Basic Urology Research (SBUR) Summer Research Conference, "Clinical Trials and Outcomes Research" was held August 2 – 4 at the University of Southern California, Davidson Executive Conference Center in Los Angeles, California. The program co-chairs were David F. Penson, MD, MPH; and Badrinath Konety, MD, MBA.
This year marked the 15th year of the Summer Research Conference, extending our history of nurturing the career of urology investigators in the pivotal early stages of their careers. This meeting benefited from the synergy of new investigators and successful senior researchers in a comfortable, informal setting. The meeting was broken into four main sessions: Clinical Trials, Patient-Reported Outcomes, Quality of Care and Clinical Decision Making. In addition to the traditional lectures, there were two panel discussions, break-out sessions, and faculty members engaged junior investigator attendees in one-on-one and small group discussion.
"Urothelial Biology & Bladder Cancer"
August 2 – 4, 2007
The 2006 American Urological Association (AUA)/Society for Basic Urology Research (SBUR) Summer Research Conference, "Urothelial Biology & Bladder Cancer" was held August 3 – 5 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, Wisconsin. The program committee consisted of Deb Erickson, MD, Jason Gee, MD, Cheryl Lee, MD, Tim Ratliff, PhD, and Anthony Schaeffer, MD.
Some of the educational objectives for this conference included: evaluate cellular signaling in benign and malignant urothelial cell diseases; understand mesenchymal-epithelial interactions as they occur in bladder development; contrast such interactions in the bladder with those occurring in the prostate; describe new methods and models and understand how they can be applied to study urothelial biology; and utilize skills from the mentoring session to develop their career paths. Participants expanded their research perspectives, learned about new or additional models and methods for research use, and expanded their research network with new contacts.
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