Multidisciplinary Benign Urology Research Symposium

The 9th Annual Benign Urology Symposium

Friday, April 19, 2024 - 8:00AM - 4:30PM - Duke University - Trent Semans Great Hall

Urologic Effects of Aging

Panel Discussions * Trainee Platform Presentations * Poster Sessions * Lunch with Experts * Trainee Abstract Awards * Trainee Travel Awards


This year’s theme “Urologic Effects of Aging” attracted faculty, trainees, and other researchers from 29 institutions representing the fields of biomedical engineering, biostatistics, electrical engineering, environmental health, geriatrics, infectious disease, mechanical engineering, microbiology and molecular cell biology, nephrology, pathology, physical therapy, physiology, population health sciences, rehabilitation medicine, regenerative medicine, reproductive developmental biology, sociology, urology, and urogynecology and reconstructive surgery.  While benign urology may seem like a narrow field, over 90 people attended this day-long symposium that engaged participants through stimulating presentations creating an interactive atmosphere.

Congratulations to the 2024 Award Winners

2024 KURe winners

Platform Presentation Awardees

Top Basic Science Abstract
Samara Silver, BS, Eastern Virginia Medical School
Characterization of foam cells and lipid dysregulation in benign prostate disease in men and mouse models

Top Translational Science Abstract
Cassandra Kisby, MD, Duke University School of Medicine
Exosome injection as a prevention strategy for mesh complications in a porcine model of sacrocolpopexy

Top Clinical Science Abstract
Rory Ritts, MD, Wake Forest University School of Medicine
High autonomic symptom load in IC/BPS Patients correlates with a non-bladder-centric phenotype

Poster Presentation Awardees

Basic Science
Kaylie Hintze, BS (mentee of alumni scholar, Tanya Sysoeva)

University of Alabama Huntsville
Analysis of competition amongst Lactobacilli isolated from the human urinary tract

Translational Science
Diana Aponte, MD (mentee of alumni scholar, Jonathan Routh)
Duke University
Assessing financial toxicity in pediatric urology: validation of a patient-reported outcome measure tool in spina bifida

Clinical Science
Mary Namugosa, MD

Wake Forest School of Medicine
Frailty is common in older interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome patients with a non-bladder-centric phenotype 


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Scott Bauer, MD, MS
Urology, Epidemiology & Biostatistic
University of California, San Francisco and the San Francisco VA


Zach Danziger, PhD
Rehabilitation Medicine - Division of Physical Therapy
Emory University

Nicole De Nisco, PhD
Biological Sciences
The University of Texas at Dallas

Ekene Enemchukwu, MD, MPH, FACS, FPMRS
Stanford University

Alison Huang, MD, MAS
Urology, Epidemiology & Biostatistics
University of California, San Francisco

Teresa Liu, PhD
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Anne-Catrin Uhlemann, MD, PhD
Division of Infectious Disease
Columbia University Irving Medical Ctr

Camille P. Vaughan, MD, MS
Emory University School of Medicine

Moderators: Johanna Hannan, PhD, Petra Popovics, PhD, Abigail Woll, MD, Annika Sinha, MD

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Past Symposia

April 20, 2023  Duke Trent Semans Center

* Panel Discussions * Trainee Platform Presentations * Poster Sessions * Lunch with Experts * Trainee Abstract Awards * Trainee Travel Awards

Program Booklet         Video Recording

A successful and exciting gathering! The 8th Annual Multidisciplinary K12 Benign Urology Research (KURe) Symposium attracted over 80 attendees from a wide range of scientific backgrounds representing 16 U.S. and Canadian academic institutions.

Congratulations to the 2023 Award Winners

Platform Presentation Awardees

Top Basic Science Abstract: Byron Hayes, PhD, Duke University
Nerve growth factor drives sensory nerve sprouting and persistent pain after recurrent bladder infection

Top Basic Science Abstract: Michael Odom, PhD, Duke University
Underactive bladders from type 1 diabetic Akita female mice exhibit an increase in contractility via FP receptor activation as a result of NLRP3-mediated inflammation

Top Translational Science Abstract: Nicole Diaz, Duke University
Aging and the female urinary microbiome: associations between Lactobacilli, menopause, and vaginal estrogen use

Top Clinical Science Abstract: Robert Medairos, MD, Duke University
The impact of single use cystoscopes on clinical time workflow in an outpatient setting

Poster Presentation Awardees

Basic Science
Aya Hajj, MSc, McGill University

Improvement in bladder parameters of 12-month-old male and female mice with THX-B treatment, an antagonist to the P75NTR receptor

Translational Science
Bradley Barth, PhD, Duke University

Sacral nerve stimulation for constipation in virtual and rodent colons

Clinical Science
Gregory Vurture, MD, Jersey Shore University Medical Center
Barriers to adherence to overactive bladder treatment for Hispanic women

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