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LINTHICUM, MDThe American Urological Association Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2006 AUA Foundation/Astellas Rising Star in Urology Awards, a program designed to encourage young urology faculty to enter and remain in research careers.


The 2006 recipients are:


Willie Underwood III, M.D.: His project, Patients’ Factors that Influence Racial/Ethnic Disparities in the Treatment of Nonmetastatic Clinically Localized Prostate Cancer is being conducted at WayneState University in Michigan under the mentorship of James Jackson, Ph.D. and Terrance Albrecht, Ph.D.


Brent Hollenbeck, M.D.: His project, “Identifying Best Practices for Managing Superficial Bladder Cancer” is being conducted under the mentorship of John Birkmeyer, M.D., Therese Stukel, Ph.D.and Michael Chernow, Ph.D. at the University of Michigan.


“This collaborative award recognizes some of the best scientific talent in the field of urology,” says Anthony Schaeffer, MD, chair of the AUA Foundation Research Council. “Our inaugural winners, Stephen Freedland, M.D. and B. Price Kerfoot, M.D. have done an exceptional job during the past year. I have every confidence that Drs. Underwood and Hollenbeck will be equally successful.”


Now in its second year, the Rising Star in Urology Award is designed to provide up to five years’ salary support to career development awardees to ensure that their research compensation is competitive with other academic urology faculty. All applicants are required to be Board-certified of Board-eligible, and must have successfully competed for a new externally-funded, peer-reviewed career development award during federal fiscal year 2006. The awards are made possible through the support of Astellas Pharma US, Inc.



About the American Urological Association Foundation: Founded in 1987 as the American Foundation for Urologic Disease and headquartered near Baltimore, MD, the Foundation's mission is to support and promote research, patient/public education and advocacy that improve the prevention, detection and treatment of urologic diseases. To this end, its vision is to be the premiere provider and resource for the most current, comprehensive and reliable urologic health information for patients and the public.

Wendy Waldsachs Isett, AUA