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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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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)