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LINTHICUM, MD, January 27, 2012–The American Urological Association (AUA) today announced that submissions are now being accepted for the 6thAnnual Excellence in Urology Health Reporting Awards, designed to recognize outstanding news coverage of urologic disease topics. Presentation of the awards will take place during the AUA Annual Scientific Meeting in Atlanta, GA, in May.

The award  is designed to honor journalists in both trade and consumer media outlets for responsible, informative reporting on health topics in urology. Awards are given annually in the following categories: Consumer Print Publications, Consumer Electronic Publications and Trade Publications. Applicants may submit their own work, or be nominated. Awardees will receive an honorarium and award.

Submissions for the 2011 awards will be accepted through Friday, March 16, 2012. All materials must have been published or broadcast between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011. All submissions should include a cover letter, contact information for both the nominee and submitter (if applicable), and five copies (for electronic media, please submit individual CD-ROMS; for print media, please limit to 8.5x11 format) of the submission.

All entries will be judged by a committee of urologists on accuracy, completeness and public impact. Awardees will be contacted by the end of March both by telephone and letter. Decisions of the committee are final.

Submissions should be mailed to:             AUA Communications Office
                                                                   ATTN: Reporting Award
                                                                   1000 Corporate Blvd.
                                                                    Linthicum, MD 21090 

Press registration for the Annual Meeting will begin in February 2012.

About the American Urological Association: Founded in 1902 and headquartered near Baltimore, Maryland, the American Urological Association is the pre-eminent professional organization for urologists, with more than 18,000 members throughout the world. An educational nonprofit organization, the AUA pursues its mission of fostering the highest standards of urologic care by carrying out a wide variety of programs for members and their patients.

Wendy Waldsachs Isett, AUA