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LINTHICUM, MD, March 25, 2010–Surgeon-scientists—practicing urologists who conduct research—provide a necessary bridge between the bench and the bedside, and improve the quality of patient care by studying the questions every practicing physician needs answered. The AUA Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of three new funding opportunities to encourage more medical students to become surgeon-scientists. Each program, created through a partnership with a research fund, is aimed at enticing the brightest students into academic careers where they both practice medicine and conduct important research that will improve patient care.

The AUA Foundation will accept applications for the following research programs through Friday, April 9, 2010:

The Herbert Brendler, MD, Summer Medical Student Research Fellowship Program offers a salary stipend for a medical student to work in a research laboratory for two months over the summer. This program is made possible through the support of the Herbert Brendler, MD Research Fund and the Brendler family. Applicants must be either a current medical student or entering medical school immediately following the fellowship. More information can be found at

The Russell Scott, MD, Urology Residency Research Program will provide support to offset the costs during the research year of a urology resident. The award is made possible by the Russell Scott, Jr., MD, Research Fund. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited urology residency program. More information can be found at

The Arkansas Urological Society Urology Residency Research Program will provide support to offset the costs of conducting research for one year. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited urology resident program in the state of Arkansas. This award is made possible by the Arkansas Urologic Society Research Fund. More information can be found at

“We need more programs to encourage those with first-hand knowledge of our medical system to delve into the world of research and answer the tough questions facing the nation’s doctors,” said AUA Foundation Executive Director Sandra Vassos, MPA. “We are very excited to announce these three new research programs.”

Applications for all three awards are due by Friday, April 9, 2010. More information on AUA Foundation research programs is available at

Contact Lacey Dean at 410-689-4054 for more information on the new AUA Foundation research awards or to schedule an interview with one of the following experts:
• Sandra Vassos, MPA, AUA Foundation executive director
• Leo Giambarresi, PhD, AUA Foundation director of research


About the AUA Foundation: The AUA Foundation is the world’s leading non-profit urological health foundation and the Official Foundation of the American Urological Association. Our mission is to promote health, provide hope and promise a future free of urologic disease, including cancer.
As the official foundation of the AUA, the professional organization of approximately 16,000 urologists, the AUA Foundation is the trusted public source for the most accurate and current information relating to urological health.

Lacey Dean, AUA