Section and Specialty Meetings: The Research on Calculus Kinetics Society

By: Andrew D. Rule, MD | Posted on: 06 Aug 2021

The R.O.C.K. Society (Research on Calculus Kinetics) is pleased to continue our affiliation with the American Urological Association and to host a meeting during the AUA Annual Meeting. We invite you to attend the R.O.C.K. Society Meeting at the 2021 AUA meeting in Las Vegas on Monday, September 13, from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Venetian® Resort.

The R.O.C.K. Meeting brings together the best and brightest in the specialty to debate and discuss the latest developments, and to provide an opportunity for scientific assessment and dialogue among researchers, physicians and health care providers involved in kidney stone management. The meeting includes state-of-the-art developments in stone management, as well as discussion and review of traditional and conventional methods of treatment.

This year’s meeting will address the many factors that influence the formation of kidney stones and the pathophysiology differences in stone composition. Sessions will focus on Epidemiology of Kidney Stones, Medical and Surgical Management of Stone Formers, and Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy (PCNL).

Marcelino Rivera will moderate the first session on epidemiology, where speakers will address current trends in the incidence and prevalence of stones in the population, the risk factors that contribute to initial stone formation and recurrence, and trends and risk factors for stones in the pediatric population.

Tim Large will moderate the session devoted to medical management of stones, addressing quality of life issues, the use of opioids, options for potassium citrate therapy, new treatments for hyperoxaluria and cystinuria.

Roger Sur from the University of California San Diego will moderate the presentations on surgical management, including thulium laser, robotic ureteroscopy, dusting vs basketing, special considerations for surgical interventions in elderly patients and the new devices being used for PCNL.

A lively debate will conclude the program and will examine the where and how of PCNL. Jodi Antonelli will moderate, while Roger Sur will advocate for the supine position, and Michael Lipkin, Duke University Medical Center, will counter, advocating for the prone position. Continuing the controversy, Seth Bechis from the University of California San Diego will argue that PCNL can be performed on an outpatient basis, while Darren Beiko, Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada, will defend the viewpoint that PCNL should always be done as an inpatient.

The R.O.C.K. Society invites all individuals attending the 2021 AUA Annual Meeting who have an interest in kidney stone disease to attend this unique educational experience and take advantage of this opportunity to learn and discuss with the experts in the specialty.

The R.O.C.K. Society is a multidisciplinary group of investigators dedicated to unraveling the pathophysiological events of kidney stone formation, preventing the development of new stones or growth of existing calculi, identifying demographic factors and diseases associated with the development of kidney stones, and optimizing stone removal. For additional information, please visit

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