K12 KURe Scholars and Alumni Present at CAIRIBU Meeting

Duke K12 KURe Scholars and alumni were well represented at the recent Collaborating for the Advancement of Interdisciplinary Research in Benign Urology (CAIRIBU) national meeting held in Bethesda, Maryland. This year's theme was "advancing benign genitourinary research with innovative approaches, technologies and tools."

Maryellen Kelly, PhD, DNP, MHS, and Tanya Sysoeva, PhD, both Duke K12 alumni, presented on the panel "Microbes and Infection in the Genitourinary Tract" moderated by Nazema Siddiqui, MD, MHSc, also a Duke K12 alumna.

Current K12 Scholar Byron Hayes, PhD, and Duke KURe PI Cindy Amundsen, MD, served as moderators for a panel on "Bladder Function and Physiology." Panel presenters included current scholar Michael Odom, PhD. 

In addition, abstract presenters included:

  • Jim Hokanson, PhD, Duke K12 alumnus and assistant professor at Medical College of Wisconsin: "Impact of Bladder Filling Rate on Cystometric Variables in Anesthetized Rats." Dr. Hokanson’s abstract scored in the top 25%.
  • Eric Gonzalez, PhD, Duke K12 alumnus and K01 awardee: "AMPLIFY: Amplifying Sensation in Underactive Bladder."
  • Byron Hayes, PhD, current Duke K12 Scholar: "Recurrent bladder infections drive persistent pain via sensory nerve sprouting and sensitization." Dr. Hayes’ abstract scored in the top 25%.
  • Michael Odom, PhD, current Duke K12 Scholar: "Detrusor Contractility via FP Receptor Activation is Increased in Diabetic Mice with Bladder Underactivity." Best poster winner.