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Rising Stars in Urology Research Awards

2016 Award Winner

Matthew J. Resnick, MD
Matthew J. Resnick, MD
Assistant Professor, Urologic Surgery and Health Policy
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Research Project: "The Effect of ACO Enrollment on Appropriateness of Cancer Screening"
Sponsor: Astellas Pharma, US, Inc.

Abstract:
As a call to improve the value of health care delivered to Americans through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) established a novel Accountable Care Organization (ACO) payment model, the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). Despite the potential of the ACO model to both reduce health care spending and improve quality, little is known about the potential impacts of this novel payment design on the intensity and appropriateness of cancer diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship. The purpose of this study is to identify whether net effect of cost and quality measurement as part of the largest Medicare ACO program results in better screening for breast, colorectal and prostate cancer, namely undertaking screening the right patients and withholding cancer screening in the wrong patients. We will characterize both the intended and untended consequences of ACO enrollment on cancer screening with the goal of informing future policy efforts to optimize cancer outcomes.


2015 Award Winners

Christopher E. Barbieri, MD, PhD
Christopher E. Barbieri, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Urology
Weill Cornell Medical College

Research Project: "Genomic Instability and DNA Repair in a Distinct Molecular Class of Prostate Cancer"
Sponsor: Frank and Marion Hinman Research Fund

Abstract:
Prostate cancer, a common and often lethal disease, is driven by genomic instability resulting in the gain, loss, or repositioning of large segments of DNA. We have defined distinct classes of prostate cancer with significantly increased numbers of total genomic rearrangements. This project will dissect the mechanisms by which these cancers are predisposed to genomic rearrangements, investigating the function of the critical DNA damage and repair pathways, searching for therapies that can exploit the specific deficits in these cancers, and exploring the impact on patients with prostate cancer.

Lysanne Campaeu, MDCM, PhD, FRCSC
Lysanne Campeau, MDCM, PhD, FRCSC
Assistant Professor, Division of Urology, Department of Surgery
Jewish General Hospital Lady Davis Institute of the Jewish General Hospital
McGill University

Research Project: "The Effect of Cannabinoid Receptor Modulation on Voiding Dysfunction Associated with Metabolic Syndrome"
Sponsor: Astellas Pharma, US, Inc.

Abstract:
Overactive bladder syndrome is defined as voiding urgency usually with increased daytime and night-time frequency. One possible cause of overactive bladder is the metabolic syndrome that includes risk factors such as obesity, impaired sugar tolerance, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. The cannabinoid system can potentially decrease the inflammation associated with metabolic syndrome and overactive bladder syndrome. Our goal is to determine if cannabinoid drugs can improve voiding problems associated with metabolic syndrome by decreasing inflammation and oxidative stress.


2014 Award Winner

H. Henry Lai, MD

H. Henry Lai, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery (Urologic Surgery)
Washington University

Research Project: "The Roles of Metabotropic Glutamate Receptor 5 (mGluR5) in Bladder Pain"
Funding Agency: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Funding Term: 2013 – 2018


2013 Award Winners

John M. Hollingsworth, MD, MS

John M. Hollingsworth, MD, MS
Assistant Professor, Department of Urology
University of Michigan

Research Project: "Effects of Physician Social Networks on Surgical Quality, Safety, and Costs"
Funding Agency: Health and Human Services, Agency for Health Care Research and Quality Funding
Funding Term: 2012 – 2016

Matthew E. Nielsen, MD, MS

Matthew E. Nielsen, MD, MS
Assistant Professor, Department of Urology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research Project: "Optimizing Survivorship and Decision Making in Low Risk Bladder Cancer"
Funding Agency: American Cancer Society
Funding Term: 2013 – 2016


2012 Award Winners

Peter C. Black, MD

Peter C. Black, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Urological Sciences
Vancouver Prostate Centre

Research Project: "Targeting the Notch Signaling Pathway in Urothelial Carcinoma of the Bladder"
Funding Agency: Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute
Funding Term: 2012 – 2014

Trinity J. Bivalacqua, MD, PhD

Trinity J. Bivalacqua, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Urology and Oncology
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutes, The James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute

Research Project: "Roles of RhoA/Rho-kinase Signaling in Cavernous Neurons Following Axonal Injury"
Funding Agency: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Funding Term: 2012 – 2017


2011 Award Winners

David C. Miller, MD, MPH

David C. Miller, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Urology
Director, Michigan Urological Surgery Improvement Collaborative
University of Michigan

Research Project: "Physician Organization and the Efficiency of Surgical Specialty Care"
Funding Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (K08)
Funding Term: 2011 – 2015

Benjamin K. Canales, MD, MPH

Benjamin K. Canales, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Urology
University of Florida

Research Project: "The Effect of Gastric Bypass Surgery on Renal Function and Metabolism"
Funding Agency: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Funding Term: 2011 – 2016

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