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Multi-disciplinary K12 Urologic Research Career Development Program

The KURe is a K12 Institutional Training Grant for talented MDs, PhDs, and MD/PhDs from diverse disciplines that are interested in benign urological diseases and are interested to develop the skills necessary to initiate and sustain an independent research career in benign urological research. 

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Interested in becoming a KURe Scholar?

We have an open Scholar position on the KURe –K12 career development award at Duke. Please distribute the opportunity listed below widely throughout the Duke community among your peers, in your newsletters, webpages, event calendars and announcements. Please especially help us reach potential candidates of groups underrepresented in the biomedical sciences and encourage your contacts to personally approach eligible individuals.

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  •  This is a funding opportunity for junior faculty, fellows, or postdocs at Duke.
  • This Career Development Award (NIH-K12 mechanism) is administered by Duke. Contact or
  • This grant supports multidisciplinary approaches and therefore applicants can be from any discipline/department/program/school at Duke.

Funding opportunity for Duke junior faculty, fellows, and postdocs

Multidisciplinary K12 Urologic Research Career Development Program (KURe-K12)

The KURe is open to all types of disciplines, clinicians and non-clinicians with doctoral degrees

Letter of Intent (Required) Due: 15 Oct, 2018

Applications Due: 01 Nov, 2018

The KURe is seeking qualified clinical, translational, and basic science researchers from diverse disciplines who are interested in building an independent research career using collaborative, multidisciplinary approaches to benign urological research questions. MDs, DOs, PhDs and MD/PhDs (junior faculty, fellows, and postdocs) from any department and interested in research applicable to benign urology may apply to the KURe program. KURe Scholars will receive mentoring and salary support up to $100,000 per year for 75% of full professional effort (50% - 75% if a surgical specialty). Research and Career Development Support up to $40,000 per year will be provided for research supplies, equipment and technical personnel, tuition and fees related to didactic courses or career development, and travel to research meetings. Scholars are expected to publish and apply for independent grant funding by year 3. Maximum support is for 5 years. There is currently one open position. The target date to appoint the new KURe Scholar is January 2019. For additional information see or contact or


Multidisciplinary Benign Urology Research Day 2018


Multidisciplinary Benign Urology Research Day 2018,  co-sponsored by the K12 Urologic Research Career Development Program (KURe) and the Duke Pelvic Medicine Research Consortium (PMRC), took place on May 11th. More than 80 colleagues from Duke and regional institutions from a variety of scientific disciplines attended. A balance of formal and informal interactions, involvement of clinical and basic researchers, and participation of trainees and faculty took place. The faculty, KURe advisors and mentors, speakers and panelists provided valuable feedback during the poster sessions and a "Lunch with the Experts."

Congratulations to the Winners:

Basic Science Oral Presentation: 1st place - Nathan, Hirshman, Francis M. Hughes, Jr, Huixia Jin, J. Todd Purves
Symptoms of diabetic bladder dysfunction may be explained by specific NLRP3-induced changes in bladder afferent nerves

Clinical Oral Presentation:
1st place – Aksenov, Leonid I; Wietsma, Ashley C, Lipkin, Michael E; Routh, Jonathan C; Preminger, Glenn M; Scales Jr., Charles D
Analgesic Prescribing Patterns in Emergency Departments for Acute Symptomatic Urinary Stone Disease, 2006-2014

Basic Science Poster Presentation:
1st place- Odom, Michael R; Powers, Shelby A; Pak, Elena S; Hannan Johanna
Testosterone Replacement Enhances Internal Pudendal Artery Relaxation to Reverse Erectile Dysfunction in a Rat Model of Androgen Deprivation Therapy

Clinical Poster Presentation:
1st place- Dionise, Zachary R., Garcia-Roig, Michael L., Kirsch, Andrew J., Routh, Jonathan C.
Crowd-sourcing Parental Preference Assessments for Vesicoureteral Reflux: Multiprofile Case Best-Worst Scaling


Judges of Oral Presentation:

Advisory Board

Stephen J. Freedland, MD

John P. Gearhart, MD

Maragatha Kuchibhatla, PhD.

Glenn M. Preminger, MD 

Patrick C. Seed, MD. PhD

Anthony Visco, MD

Kevin Weinfurt, PhD

R. Ann Word, MD


Judges of Poster Presentations

David Goldfarb, MD

Tanecia Mitchell, PhD

Jonathan Routh, MD

Charles D. Scales, Jr., MD

Greg Tasian, MD, MSc, MSCE

Emily S. Barrett, PhD

Susan K. Murphy, PhD

Heather Patisaul, PhD

Sheela Sathyanarayana, MD, MPH


Organizing Committee 

Cindy L. Amundsen, MD (KURe PI and Program Director)

Matthew O. Fraser, PhD (PMRC Director)

Friederike L. Jayes, DVM, PhD (KURe Program Coordinator)

Cescille Gesher (KURe Staff Assistant)

Laitoya R. Pittman  (KURe Staff Assistant)

Mimi Davis, MBA, RAA, AGM (Grants Administrator)

Jordan Toole (Marketing Support)