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Andrew Shea Afyouni

Project Title: "Sequential Dilation and Sizing of Ureters Using a Force Sensor"
Institution: University of California, Irvine
Mentor: Ralph Clayman, MD
Sponsor: Herbert Brendler, MD Research Fund


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Kiran Chakka

Project Title: "PSA Density as a Predictor of Upstaging With and Comparison of Treatment Vs. Active Surveillance Following Magnetic Resonance Imaging-Guided Confirmatory Biopsy"
Institution: Arkansas Urology
Mentor: Jeffrey Marotte, MD
Sponsor: Arkansas Urologic Society


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Michelle Chen

Project Title: "Investigating the Association of Genomic Tumor Risk Determinants and Tumor Grade with Comorbid Disease Burden at Diagnosis in Men with Early-Stage Prostate Cancer"
Institution: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Mentors: Timothy Daskivich, MD, MSHPM and Sheldon Greenfield, MD
Sponsor: Herbert Brendler, MD Research Fund


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Miracline Ebijoyeldhas

Project Title: "Impact of Genetic Polymorphism on Galectin-3 Function: Implications for Prostate Cancer"
Institution: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Mentor: Alan Diekman, PhD
Sponsor: Arkansas Urologic Society


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Judy Hamad

Project Title: "Using Mobile Health to Facilitate Perioperative Cystectomy Patient Education and Improve Cystectomy Care"
Institution: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Mentor: Angela Smith, MD, MS
Sponsor: Herbert Brendler, MD Research Fund


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Allison Harmsworth

Project Title: "Validation of 3D Printing of Penile Prosthesis as Training Model"
Institution: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Mentor: Bruno Machado, MD
Sponsor: Arkansas Urologic Society


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Michelle Higgins

Project Title: "Spatial Heterogeneity of Immune Cell Infiltration is Associated with Genetic Drivers of Renal Cell Carcinoma"
Institution: Emory University
Mentor: Viraj Master, MD, PhD and Haydn Kissick, PhD
Sponsor: Herbert Brendler, MD Research Fund


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Walter Hsiang

Project Title: "Effect of Medicaid Expansion and Reimbursement on Access to Urological Care"
Institution: Yale University, School of Medicine
Mentors: Cary Gross, MD and Michael Leapman, MD
Sponsor: Herbert Brendler, MD Research Fund


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Sammie James

Project Title: "Studying the Usage of Opioids during the Treatment of Kidney Stones"
Institution: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Mentor: Bruno Machado, MD
Sponsor: Arkansas Urologic Society


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Elizabeth Kwenda

Project Title: "The Role of Hyaluronan in the Bladder Cancer Microenvironment"
Institution: University of Florida
Mentors: Paul Crispen, MD and Sergei Kusmartsev, PhD
Sponsor: Florida Urological Summer Medical Student Fellowship Award


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Austin Lee

Project Title: "Let’s Get PERSONAL: Use of a Mobile Application in Placebo-Controlled, Randomized N-of-1 Trials of Tamsulosin for Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms"
Institution: University of California, San Francisco
Mentor: Benjamin Breyer, MD, MAS
Sponsor: Herbert Brendler, MD Research Fund


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Julian Pacheco

Project Title: "Higher Intraprostatic Estrogen Metabolism in Men of African Ancestry"
Institution: University of Illinois
Mentors: Larisa Nonn, PhD and Michael Abern, MD
Sponsor: Herbert Brendler, MD Research Fund


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Will Poore

Project Title: "Possible Therapeutic Targets in the Treatment of Primary Hyperoxaluria Type 3"
Institution: University of Alabama at Birmingham
Mentors: Kyle Wood, MD and Dean Assimos, MD
Sponsor: Herbert Brendler, MD Research Fund


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Yash Soni

Project Title: "Therapeutic Potential of Nitric Oxide Signaling Pathway Agonists against Castration Resistant Prostate Cancer"
Institution: University of Miami
Mentors: Himanshu Arora, PhD and Ranjith Ramasamy, MD
Sponsor: Nathirmal N. Lalchandani Research Fund


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Adriana Nicholson Vest

Project Title: "Influence of Race on Access, Use, and Outcomes of Assisted Reproductive Technologies"
Institution: Emory University
Mentor: Akanksha Mehta, MD
Sponsor: Herbert Brendler, MD Research Fund