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Summit Group will Draft Research Agenda of Urology Research Funding Priorities

LINTHICUM, MD, September 15, 2009—The American Urological Association Foundation have announced that they will host the first National Urology Research Summit on September 29, 2009 at their headquarters in Linthicum, MD. Participants include more than 60 clinicians, academic researchers and representatives from federal funding and regulatory agencies, the pharmaceutical industry and patient advocacy groups. The purpose of the summit is to develop a National Urology Research Agenda (NURA), from which stakeholders in urology research can draw a consensus perspective on the most important research topics in the field.


Over the past year, the American Urological Association (AUA) and the AUA Foundation have led the effort of members of the research community to develop a summary of the most important research priorities that exist in urology today. The AUA Foundation Research Task force in conjunction with the AUA Foundation Research Council formed a workgroup and designated Michael Freeman, PhD, of Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School as the Chair. Dr. Freeman, in collaboration with Anthony Schaeffer, MD, of Northwestern University, chair of the Research Council; Leo Giambarresi, PhD, director of the AUA Foundation Office of Research; and members of the urology research community have prepared an initial draft of the NURA. This initial draft has been vetted through the AUA Board of Directors and the Research Council and is now being reviewed by a larger, more inclusive group, which includes leading stakeholders with interests in urology research.


The National Urology Research Summit will be the culmination of that process and will provide these stakeholders an opportunity to gather in person to make final recommendations on the NURA and to facilitate discussion and interaction among attendees on areas of mutual interest to stimulate progress and collaboration in urology research.


“The goal of this project is to define the major priorities in urology research that need to be addressed to advance progress in this important field,” said Leo Giambarresi, PhD.


Please contact Lacey Dean at 410-689-4054 to schedule an interview with AUA Foundation Director of the Office of Research Leo Giambarresi, PhD.


About the AUA Foundation: Originally established in 1987, the Foundation is the premier provider and resource for the most current, comprehensive and reliable urologic health information. We advocate and educate to empower physicians and the public to progress toward the highest quality prevention, detection and treatment of urologic diseases. With the support and strength of more than 16,000 physician members of the American Urological Association, the AUA Foundation strives to make certain that those who suffer from urologic conditions can enjoy the benefit of the highest level of care possible.

Lacey Dean, AUA