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Editorial Board

Al B. Barqawi
Al B. Barqawi
Associate clinical Professor
Division of Urology
School of Medicine University of Colorado
USA
Biography :

Al Barqawi, MD, FRCS, is an Associate clinical Professor and Lecturer in the Division of Urology at University of Colorado School of medicine. Dr. Barqawi also serves as Director of Research in the Section of Urologic Oncology. He has expertise in urologic oncology and general Urology primarily in prostate disease, early detection, novel imaging and treatment applications and epidemiology. He is interested in men’s health research, particularly sexual function and testosterone effect on general health. He also acts as the Principal Investigator for several national research projects. He pioneered 3D imaging of the prostate gland and focal targeted therapy for prostate cancer. He performed the first focal interstitial laser therapy of the prostate in the US. He also initiated the first phase I study for intra-prostatic injection of Botox for the treatment of BPH. He published more than 100 peer reviewed articles and book chapters. He presented at many national and international meetings. He is also an elected member of the Editorial Board for several national and international medical journals. He serves regularly on the scientific committees for National science foundation and department of defense grant meetings.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Minimally invasive treatment for prostate cancer, prostate cancer imaging, new frontiers in the management of Benign prostatic hyperplasia, and Men’s health. This includes Hypogonadism, Testosterone replacement therapy, and erectile dysfunction.

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Marc R. Matrana

Executive Editor
Marc R. Matrana

Medical Oncologist/Hematologist, Gayle and Tom Benson Cancer Center
Director, Mentorship Program, Ochsner Clinical School
Associate Director of Clinical Cancer Research, Ochsner Cancer Institute
Assistant Director, Ochsner Medical Oncology Fellowship Program Core Faculty, Ochsner Internal Medicine Program
Senior Lecturer and Key Faculty, University of Queensland School of Medicine, Brisbane
Assistant Professor of Medicine, LSU Health Science Center School of Medicine
New Orleans, LA
USA

Biography :

Dr. Matrana is a ninth generation native of the New Orleans region. He received his bachelor degree and master’s degree in human genetics from Tulane University, and received his medical degree from the LSU School of Medicine at New Orleans. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Ochsner Medical Center, where he served as Chief Medical Resident. He then went on to complete training in hematology and medical oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, where he won numerous awards and served as both Chief Fellow for Resident Education and as overall Chief Fellow. His clinical practice at Ochsner focuses on treating patients with cancers of the genitourinary tract, as well as lung cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, and other malignancies and hematologic diseases.

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Research Interest :

Dr. Matrana has conducted much ground-breaking research and authored numerous peer-reviewed articles, chapters, and other publications in the field of genitourinary medical oncology. He has also spoken at conferences around the world on kidney cancer and is a recognized expert on this topic. In addition to research and patient care, Dr. Matrana is an active medical educator, serving in leadership positions with local medical schools (including the University of Queensland School of Medicine/Ochsner Clinical School), the Ochsner Internal Medicine Residency Program, and Ochsner Medical Oncology Fellowship Program.

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Craig V Comiter

Executive editor
Craig V. Comiter
, PhD
Associate Proffessor
Department of Urology
Stanford University Medical Center
USA

Biography :

Dr. Comiter received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College, and his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He stayed in Boston for his residency, serving as resident in general surgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and then completed his urology residency at the Harvard Program in Urology. In 1998, Dr. Comiter served as Clinical Instructor and Fellow in Neurourology and Urodynamics at the University of California in Los Angeles.In 1999, Dr. Comiter joined the faculty at the University of Arizona, as Assistant Professor of Urology. In 2003, he was promoted to Associate Professor, and became Chief of the Section of Urology and Residency Program Director. Under his direction, 25% of graduating residents went on to academic fellowship training.Dr. Comiter has been a strong supporter of the SUFU, having presented several abstracts over the past 7 years, and giving several invited lectures during breakout sessions. In addition, he has sponsored several resident presentations at the SUFU and the AUA annual meetings. He was twice the winner of the Joseph F. McCarthy Essay Contest at the Western Section American Urological Association, and has served on the AUA’s Leadership Council, Public Relations Committee, and Young Urologists Committee.Dr. Comiter has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles and 25 book chapters, focusing on urinary incontinence, post-prostatectomy incontinence, neuromodulation, and pelvic organ prolapse. He has recently moved to Stanford Medical School, where he is serving as Associate Professor of Urology and Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and is Fellowship Director for the AUA/ABOG and SUFU recognized fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Using various animal models of bladder outlet obstruction as a representation of human prostatic disease, I am investigating how intervening with pharmacotherapy, neuromodulation, and other novel therapies may help to reverse the adverse changes in the bladder due to the obstruction.

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Larry I. Lipshultz

Larry I. Lipshultz, PhD
Professor
Scott Department of Urology
Baylor College of Medicine
USA

Biography :

Larry I. Lipshultz, M.D., is Professor of Urology in the Scott Department of Urology and Chief, Division of Male Reproductive Medicine and Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine, where he also holds the Lester and Sue Smith Chair in Reproductive Medicine. After graduating from Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania, he earned his M.D. degree and completed residency training at the University of Pennsylvania.  He joined the Baylor faculty as a full professor after completing a two-year fellowship in male reproductive medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston.  A pioneer in urological microsurgery, Dr Lipshultz is an internationally recognized expert in the field of male infertility, erectile dysfunction, and male hormone replacement therapy. As a member of Baylor’s faculty, he is a popular teacher and has trained more than 50 fellows now in practice throughout the U.S. Dr. Lipshultz is a well-known author, editor, and lecturer, and has published more than 200 scientific papers, most of them on the subject of male reproduction.  The authoritative textbook of male reproductive medicine and surgery, Infertility in the Male* is in its 4th edition and Urology and the Primary Care Practitioner** is in its 3rd edition.  Dr. Lipshultz currently serves on the editorial boards of numerous scientific journals including the journals Urology and The International Journal of Impotence and Research. Active in numerous scientific organizations, Dr. Lipshultz has served as President of the Society for the Study of Male Reproduction and as President of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

 

 Biography
Research Interest :

Microscopic manipulation of sperm and eggs, such as in vitro fertilization or intracytoplasmic sperm injection New therapies that increase the concentration or motility of sperm

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Carl A. Olsson
Professor
College of Physicians and Surgeon Columbia University
USA
Biography :

Dr. Olsson has served as president of the American Board of Urology, the Society of University Urologists, the Society of Urologic Oncology, the Clinical Society of Genitourinary Surgeons and the New York Section of the American Urological Association. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the New York Academy of Medicine. He is a member of several associations and societies including the American Association of Clinical Urologists, the American Urological Association (honorary), the Urologic Society of Australia and New Zealand (honorary), the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons, the Clinical Society of Genitourinary Surgery and the American Surgical Association.
He has authored more than 350 published books, book chapters and articles in such scientific journals such as The Journal of Urology ©, Urology, Journal of Clinical Oncology, and New England Journal of Medicine.
 

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Research Interest :

Dr. Carl A. Olsson research interests include Urologic oncology, urinary tract reconstruction, continent urinary diversion.

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Suresh C. Sikka
Director Urology Research and Andrology Clinic and Research Laboratories
Tulane University Health Sciences Center
USA
Biography :

Director, Urology Research and Andrology Clinic and  Research Laboratories. Graduated, B.S. and M.S. in Biochemistry (Honors School, Chardigarh, India); Obtained Doctoral degree in Pharmacology from Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India-1978.Post Doctoral Fellowships at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, India (1978-1979) and University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, California, 1979-1982. Director of Urology Research Laboratory and Assistant Professor at Harbor - UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, 1982 - 1988. Full-time faculty in Urology at Tulane University since December 1988. Adjunct Professor in Departments of Pharmacology and Biochemistry at Tulane University. Faculty member of Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB); Human Genetics, Tulane Cancer Center and Tulane School of Medicine, Xavier Center of Bioenvironmental Research Graduate Program. Board Certification, HCLD (Andrology) by American Board of Bioanalysis; and Certification of Clinical Laboratory Scientist-Specialist, Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners - 1995. Directs CLIA/HCFA certified Andrology laboratory at Tulane University Health Sciences Center. Study section reviewer for EPA and other agencies in the area of reproductive toxicology. Faculty of sperm morphology workshops at ASA since 2007. Expertise in Clinical Diagnosis of Vascular Impotence using Doppler Ultrasound; manual and CASA semen analysis; assisted reproductive techniques in Andrology/Fertility. Expert Panel Member on Standardization of Penile Doppler Ultrasound Technology. Wrote SOP and panel member at SMSNA special session at the AUA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, 2010. Directs basic research projects focused on oxidative stress response elements and signal transduction mechanisms related to Andrological issues in males especially related to bioenvironmental toxicology, infertility, aging, sexual dysfunction and prostate tumorgenesis employing specific in-vivo and in-vitro models. Published over 140 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 8 book chapters and more than 280 abstract and special lecture presentations at both the National and International level. Involved in teaching/training of Urology residents, medical students, and research fellows. Reviewer of manuscripts submitted to more than 10 journals. Past editorial board member of Journal of Andrology, Journal of Sexual Medicine, and Frontiers of Bioscience. Mentor to graduate students, A.F.U.D. scholars, summer students, and other research fellows for the past 30 years. In 1999 set up a unique state-of-the-art standardized semen analysis training program and quality control management in the Tulane Department of Urology that caters to the needs of many pharmaceutical companies for their multicenter clinical trials on drug safety evaluation targeting reproductive toxicology as mandated by the FDA. Dr. Sikka has also set up a Central Reader facility for sperm morphology evaluation for such multicenter studies. Certified more than 150 technical personnel throughout the US, Canada, Germany, and South Africa for standardized S/A as required by many major Pharmaceutical companies for drug safety studies.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Research and Teaching focused on oxidative stress and signal transduction mechanisms,growth and development of male reproductive organs and associated Urological problems (e.g.; infertility, sexual dysfunction, genitourinary-inflammation, prostatitis); clinical studies related to BPH, male infertility, Peyronie’s disease and sexual dysfunction; current interest in molecular and cellular gerontology; calcium homeostasis.

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Benyi Li

Benyi Li, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Urology
University of Kansas
USA
 

Biography :

;Dr Benyi Li received his PhD in Fukui University of Japan in Dec 1997.  Currently,  he is an Associate Professor and Director for Basic Research of the Department of Urology in the University of Kansas Medical center. He also has an administrative responsibility as the Associate Director of Biomedical Research Training Program at the University. He is serving as an editorial member of the Journal of Contemporary Urological Oncology. He has authored more than 60 research articles and book chapters. He is a member of AACR, AUA and SBUR.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Prostate cancer, androgen signaling, PI3K pathway and histone modification, GSK-3 modulation of cell death, nano-medicine, experimental cancer therapeutics.

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Nektarios Barabutis
Research Scientist
Department of Vascular Biology
Old Dominion University
USA
Biography :

The causes of human pathophysiology and the development of novel compounds towards devastating and fatal diseases excited me the most at the onset of my career. Therefore, I decided to devote all my effort on the exploration of the intracellular mechanisms which are involved in the initiation, progression and maintenance of such abnormalities. My pre- and post- graduate research on inflammation-related pathologies have resulted in several first authored publications in peer reviewed journals of high caliber such as PNAS, British Journal of Cancer, AJP Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology as well as a USA patent (US 20100152114 A1). Among other findings, I have introduced the anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory role of Growth Hormone Releasing Hormone antagonists in human tissues and I have reported that the wild type p53 is crucial for the vascular barrier integrity in human lung tissues. Currently, I am honored to serve as a reviewer in more than 20 international journals.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Growth Hormone Releasing Hormone and Carcinogenesis, P53 and Inflammation,Vascular Biology

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Peter N. Schlegel

Peter N. Schlegel, PhD
Professor
Department of Urology
Weill Cornell Medical Center
USA
 

Biography :

Peter N. Schlegel, M.D., F.A.C.S. is the James J. Colt Professor and Chairman of Urology; Professor of Reproductive Medicine at The Weill Cornell Medical College; as well as the Urologist-in-Chief at The New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell; a Senior Staff Scientist at The Population Council, Center for Biomedical Research; and a Visiting Associate Physician at The Rockefeller University Hospital. Dr. Schlegel is an internationally acclaimed expert in the treatment of male infertility, especially the interface of male factor treatment with assisted reproductive techniques. He was awarded the 1996 Established Clinician Award by The European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology, the source of the most important advance in male infertility treatment in recent years, the technique of intracytoplasmic sperm injection. Dr. Schlegel was awarded a fellowship by the Royal College of Surgeons in 1992 for collaborative study with urologists in London, which he performed in 1993. In over 220 published or submitted original manuscripts, book chapters and invited articles, Dr. Schlegel has described the characteristics of men who are candidates for sperm retrieval, designed and described novel techniques for sperm retrieval for use with assisted reproduction, and identified the factors that affect the successful achievement of pregnancy after sperm retrieval. More importantly, the team of scientists, reproductive endocrinologists, nurses and technicians that Dr. Schlegel has worked with at Cornell has achieved one of the highest pregnancy rates in the world for treatment of couples using sperm that were retrieved by Dr. Schlegel. Early in his career, Dr. Schlegel worked with pioneers in the field of urology and male reproductive function.  With Dr. Fray Marshall and Dr. Patrick Walsh at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Schlegel worked as a resident in general surgery and urology. During that time, Dr. Schlegel established some of the anatomical basis that was necessary to develop the contemporary procedure of radical prostatectomy that is used to cure localized prostate cancer. Dr. Schlegel is currently or was previously served on editorial board of the medical journals, Journal of Urology, Fertility & Sterility, AUA Update Series, Techniques in Urology, Journal of Andrology, and FertiliText. He was the Edwin A. Beer Program award recipient of The New York Academy of Medicine, 1996-98, and received a New Investigator Award from the American Foundation for Urologic Diseases, 1993-95. Dr. Schlegel serves or has served in a leadership role of several national infertility organizations, including as an Executive Council member for the American Society of Andrology, on the board of directors and president of the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology as well as the Society of Reproductive Surgeons of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, as well as its Board of Directors. Dr. Schlegel is a board-certified urologist, who served on the American Board of Urology Examination Committee, which writes the exam questions that evaluates candidates for urology board certification. He is currently a trustee of the American Board of Urology. He is currently licensed to practice medicine in the state of New York, and graduated near the top of his class from The University of Massachusetts Medical School.

 Biography
Research Interest :

His expertise in the field of advanced reproductive treatments for male infertility has been recognized by national and international authorities has been recognized by invitations from the National Institutes of Health, The American Urologic Association, Austrian, French, German, Irish, Israeli, Saudi Arabian, Jordanian, Indonesian, Mexican, Venezuelan reproductive or urologic societies to speak on issues of male infertility treatment. He has been listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, Who′s Who in the East, Who′s Who in Education, and Who′s Who in Science and Engineering.

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William Robert Fleischmann
Professor
Department of Urologic Surgery
University of Minnesota Medical School
USA
Biography :

William Robert Fleischmann, Jr. (Bob) received his Ph.D. in 1972 from Purdue University. He has served on the faculties of the Idaho State University (Pocatello, ID), University of Texas Medical Branch (Galveston, TX) and the University of Minnesota Medical School (Minneapolis, MN). He is the author of more than 125 original articles and invited reviews.His research laboratory has focused on the antiviral, antitumor, and immunological properties of interferons and other cytokines. His laboratory’s early research demonstrated that IFN-g synergistically interacted with IFN-a and IFN-b, sensitizing the scientific community to the interactions of cytokines.  Perhaps most notably, his laboratory made the initial demonstration in mice that colony-stimulating factors could be employed to reverse bone marrow suppression.His laboratory’s current research is directed toward the development of a prostate cancer vaccine, using IL-15-transfected prostate cancer cells as a vaccine.

 Biography
Research Interest :

His research laboratory has focused on the antiviral, antitumor, and immunological properties of interferons and other cytokines. His laboratory’s early research demonstrated that IFN-g synergistically interacted with IFN-a and IFN-b, sensitizing the scientific community to the interactions of cytokines. Perhaps most notably, his laboratory made the initial demonstration in mice that colony-stimulating factors could be employed to reverse bone marrow suppression. His laboratory’s current research is directed toward the development of a prostate cancer vaccine, using IL-15-transfected prostate cancer cells as a vaccine.

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Bruce J. Trock

Bruce J. Trock, PhD
Professor & Director
Division of Epidemiology
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
USA

Biography :

Bruce J Trock PhD is Associate Professor in the Departments of Urology Oncology Epidemiology and Environmental Health Sciences at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine He is also Director of the Division of Epidemiology in the Brady Urological Institute and the Director of the Biostatistics Core for the Johns Hopkins Prostate Cancer SPORE Specialized Programs of Research Excellence grant Prior to Johns Hopkins he worked at Georgetown University’s Lombardi Cancer Center at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia the University of Pennsylvania and the National Cancer Institute He received a BS in Mathematics from the University of Michigan an MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and a PhD in Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health His research focuses on etiology biomarkers and clinical outcomes of prostate and breast cancers

 Biography
Research Interest :

Etiologic mechanisms (e.g. oxidative stress, inflammation, environmental exposures). Prognostic biomarkers and predictors of clinical outcomes in prostate and breast cancer. Biological mechanisms of aging, biomarkers of age-related change in the prostate and impact of exposures on such biomarkers. Chemoprevention and the use of surrogate endpoint biomarkers.

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Ajay K. Singla
Professor and Vice Chairman
Director of Femal Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
Department of Urology
The University of Toledo
USA
Biography :

Dr. Ajay Singla MD, FACS, FRCS, FICS is a renowned urologists. He completed his post graduation from Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak, India and is presently based in Toledo as urologists in The University of Toledo. He is specialized in Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery. 

 Biography
Research Interest :

Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery

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Vani Dandolu
Associate Professor
Department of OB/GYN/RS
Temple University School of Medicine
USA
Biography :

Dr.Vani Dandolu has received her MD in Johns Hopkins School of Public Health during the period of 2004 to 2007.Currently she is working as Associate Professor, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences in Temple University.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Urogynecology, Pelvic reconstructive surgery, General Gynecology.

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Shahrokh F. Shariat

Shahrokh F. Shariat, MD
Associate Professor
Weill Cornell Medical Center
New York-Presbyterian Hospital
USA

Biography :

The focus of Dr. Shariats research during the past decade has been the development of molecular biomarkers that help with the early discovery and characterization of the biological and clinical aggressiveness of bladder cancer. He has contributed more than 330 peer-reviewed publications, predominantly in the area of bladder and prostate cancer, to the scientific literature. He holds multiple United States and international patents for molecular biomarkers. Most recently, he has been the principal investigator of several collaborative networks such as the Bladder Cancer Research Consortium, The Bladder Cancer Detection Group, and The Upper Tract Urothelail Carcinoma Collaboration. His research relies on close collaboration with scientists and physician scientists in urology, medical oncology, and molecular biology. His laboratory has used a variety of techniques including RT-PCR, laser capture microdissection, high density tissue microarrays, SMP arrays, tiling arrays, and cNDA expression arrays in combination with clinical and morphologic parameters to identify significant associations.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Minimal invasive instrumental therapy for benign prostatic hyperplasia. Minimal invasive instrumental focal treatment modalities for prostate cancer. Gene and vaccine therapies for urologic diseases with focus on bladder and prostate cancers. Detection and testing of prognostic/predictive value of clinically occult micrometastases in advanced prostate cancer. Research in prostate and bladder cancer- molecular mechanisms, markers, early detection, natural history, treatment, translational and outcomes research. Integrative epigenomics in bladder cancer. Understanding, predicting. and overcoming resistance to cisplatin in bladder cancer. Intravesical application of nanoparticle-mediated microwave thermotherapy (nTUMT) for treatment of bladder cancer.

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Guiting Lin

Guiting Lin, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Urology
University of California
USA
 

Biography :

Guiting Lin, MD, PhD received his medical degree at the Weifang Medical College in Shandong, China. Lin trained in Surgery at the Harbin Medical University in Harbin China and specialized in Urologic Surgery at Peking University, Chinas premier medical school located in Beijing. In 2001, Lin joined the Department of Urology, University of California, San Francisco, as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. He was promoted to Assistant Researcher in 2005, Assistant Professor in 2007, and to Associate Professor in 2011. In China Lin received numerous awards from the Shandong Ministry of Health, and Peking University. His University of California at San Francisco research has also received recognition, including the 2002 Outstanding Young Researcher award given by the International Society for Sexual and Impotence Research. Lin conducts research in the Urology Laboratory and has authored or co-authored over 100 publications. In 2003, Guiting Lin established an in vitro system to evaluate the penile nerve regeneration, and the model has been extensively used in the andrology filed now. In 2008, his team has firstly defined the adipose derived stem cells in tissue and the concept on “vascular stem cells (VSC)”, which has been widely cited and accepted in the world. In 2011, his team firstly localized the STRO-1 positive cells in the bone marrow, and this achievement has been elected as the “Top news” in stem cell research.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Cellular signaling pathway related to cavernous nerve regeneration promoted by BDNF.

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Tetiana Zaichuk

Tetiana Zaichuk, PhD
Department of Urology
Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University
USA

Biography :

Dr Zaichuk obtained her PhD from Engelgardt Institute of Molecular Biology National Academy of Sciences in Moscow She received her postdoctoral training at the Institut Andre Lwoff and at the Centre d’Etude Nucleares both funded through the Association for Cancer Research and the Foundation for Medical Research France Further training was received in the Department of Urology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine Prior to obtaining her current position in the Department of Urology Dr Zaichuk held an Instructor position in the Department of Molecular Biology at The University of Illinois Chicago and acted as Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at NorthwesternDr Zaichuk’s areas of expertise include tumor suppressor genes angiogenesis and tissuespecific regulation of gene expression Her current research project focuses on understanding the host response to interactions with uropathogenic E coli

 Biography
Research Interest :

Tumor suppressor genes, with focus on p53. Angiogenesis and its role in cancer: signal transduction pathways involved in endothelial cell survival and apoptosis; analysis of the transcriptional network and chromatin remodeling behind the angiogenic switch.Tissue-specific gene expression and regulation. Analysis of protein-protein interactions during pathogen invasion.

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Hugh J. Lavery
Department of Urology
The Mount Sinai Medical Center
USA
Biography :

Dr. Hugh Lavery III graduated from the Ohio State University Urology Residency Program On June 30, 2008. He is completing a Robotic Urology Fellowship at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, NY. 
“At the completion of my residency at Ohio State, I feel confident handling almost any urologic issue independently. I enjoyed my time here, as the resident and faculty were fun to work with. Expert faculty in all the major urologic subspecialties treats a wide range of complex patients on a daily basis. As such, I was frequently exposed to challenging problems, yet given a great deal of autonomy in handling them, the faculty constantly pushed me to improve my knowledge base and surgical skills, always expecting improvement. Working closely, with them, I have grown as both a surgeon and a person. I feel very well prepared to be a skilled urologist, and I am grateful to the department for making me that way"        

 Biography
Research Interest :

I am a clinical researcher and urologic oncologist with extensive experience in surgical robotics. I have a specific research focus on prostate cancer, bladder cancer and public policy relating to these diseases. My interests are improving perioperative staging and surgical techniques for patients with prostate and bladder cancer, as well as comparative effectiveness research for clinically localized prostate cancer. I have also investigated the feasibility and application of minimally-invasive techniques in the treatment of a variety of urologic diseases. Through this research, I hope to optimize patient selection for treatment and perioperative outcomes, improving not only cancer-specific survival, but also health-related quality of life.

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Christopher A. Warlick

Christopher A. Warlick, PhD
Department of Urologic Surgery
University of Minnesota
USA

Biography :

Dr. Warlick completed his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Minnesota in 2001.  He completed residency training in urology at the Brady Urological Institute at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in 2006.  He served as an Instructor in Urology at Johns Hopkins briefly before joining the faculty at the University of Minnesota as an Assistant Professor in Urology in 2007.  Dr. Warlick’s clinical practice is focused on urologic oncology with an emphasis in prostate cancer.  He has an active research program which focuses on active surveillance for low-risk prostate cancer and the use of MRI in the management of prostate cancer.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Research focuses on Imaging in Active Surveillance for low-risk prostate cancer and novel imaging strategies for prostate cancer.Construction and testing in vitro and in vivo of adenoviral vectors for molecular imaging of prostate cancer in mouse models.Gene transfer/therapy for the in vivo selection of gene-modified cells in the liver and hematopoietic systems.Human genome mapping.

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Janice Santos
Division of Urology
Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach
Columbia University
USA
Biography :

Dr.Janice Santos is an Assistant Professor of Urology at Columbia University Division of Urology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Florida. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Puerto Rico and received her Medical Degree from the same institution. Dr. Santos completed her urology residency training at Albert Einstein School of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, NY. She subsequently pursued a fellowship in Urologic Oncology at the University of Miami and Jackson Memorial Hospital. After completing her first fellowship, Dr. Santos moved back to New York, where she trained in Female Urology, Voiding dysfunction, Urodynamics , Neurourology and Endourology at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. Having completing fellowships in the above fields within Urology, Dr. Santoss clinical interests include the medical and surgical treatment of the various urologic cancers that affect both men and women. Her clinical and research interests are in male and female incontinence, vaginal prolapse, voiding dysfunction, urodynamics and surgical outcomes. Additionally, she has a special interest in managing patients with neurogenic voiding dysfunction.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Voiding Dysfunction, Incontinence, Urodynamics, Neurourology, Endourology and Urologic Oncology.

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Rajendra K Singh

Rajendra K Singh, PhD
Department of Urology
Miller School of Medicine
University of Miami
USA
 

Biography :

I am a cancer biologist and toxicologist and my principal area of research has been prostate and bladder cancers over the last many years. The research areas include prostate and bladder cancer development, growth and progression, with an emphasis on novel therapeutics and biomarker development for early stage cancer detection. I have published over several full peer reviewed manuscripts and several presentations based on my research on these two urinary cancers.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Rajendra major research interest includes understanding mechanisms by which environment factors cause malignant transformation in mammalian cells and examine the patho-physiology of pro-inflamatory mediators in oncogenic transformation and progression.

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Benjamin Newell Breyer

Benjamin Newell Breyer, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Urology
UCSF Medical Center
USA

Biography :

Dr. Breyer is an Associate Professor in Residence at the University of California San Francisco in the Department of Urology. His clinical focus includes  men’s health and reconstructive urology. His research interests include the epidemiology of lower urinary tract symptoms, men’s health and sexual medicine. He received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana and received his medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.He completed his general surgery and urology training at the University of California  San Francisco. He also completed a fellowship in male reconstructive urology and trauma. In June of 2011, he will  complete a Masters degree in clinical research from the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California San Francisco.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Reconstructive urology, voiding dysfunction, outcomes research, urologic oncology, sexual medicine.

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Rajan Ramanathan

Rajan Ramanathan, MD
Associate Professor
Cleveland Clinic
USA
 

Biography :

Rajan Ramanathan is an Associate Staff, Department of Regional Urology, Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland Ohio 44195 since July 20, 2010. He is a member of Professional societies Urological Society of India, American Urological Association, USA. And he is an Editorial Board Member of International Editorial Board Member of the Archivos Espanoles de Urologia since 2008.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Endourology, Laparoscopic Urology, Robotic surgery for renal and prostate tumors, Renal Radiofrequency Ablation, and Minimally Invasive Treatment of Renal Cancers.

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Choudhry Shweta

Shweta Choudhary, PhD
Department of Urology
University of California
USA

Biography :

Shweta Choudhry, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urology at University of California San Francisco. Dr. Choudhry received her Bachelors of Science in Zoology from Indias University of Delhi with Honors. She earned a masters degree in Biotechnology from the University of Pune and a doctorate from the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology. Dr. Choudhry completed her postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Medicine at UCSF where she conducted human genetics research in asthma. In 2006 Dr. Choudhry was promoted to a faculty position in the Department of Medicine. In 2009 she joined the Department of Urology as a faculty member and participant in the multidisciplinary K12 Urologic Research (KURe) Career Development Program. As a student Dr. Choudhry was awarded the gold medal in Biotechnology for her Masters thesis. She has received the American Thoracic Society Breakthrough Opportunities in Lung Disease award and the Tobacco Related Disease Research Program New Investigator award to support her research. She is a member of the American Society of Human Genetics and serves as a reviewer for several genetics and clinical journals. As a member of the Urology faculty Dr. Choudhry continues her interest in population genetics and mapping of disease susceptibility loci. Her research seeks to identify genetic risk factors for benign urologic disorders including hypospadias, male infertility and urinary incontinence.


 

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Dr. Choudhry’s research focuses on understanding the genetic basis of complex human diseases using genetic epidemiology and molecular genetics approaches. Complex human diseases involve multiple genes and environmental factors. Her research work involves implementation of novel and state-of-the art genetic and statistical methods and genotyping and sequencing techniques such as those used for whole genome sequencing, genome-wide association, admixture mapping, pathway-based and gene-environment studies to identify susceptibility loci for complex diseases. Her population-based genetics research program called Genetics and Outcomes of Benign Urologic Diseases (GOBUD) is to investigate underlying genetic factors that cause benign urologic disorders including hypospadias, male infertility and urinary incontinence. The program focuses on identification of genetic factors and gene-environmental interactions that influence incidence and clinical outcomes of urologic diseases with long term goal of improving our understanding of the pathogenesis of these diseases and eventually leading to improved interventions for prevention and therapy

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Alejandro R Rodriguez

Alejandro R Rodriguez, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Urology
University of South Florida
USA

Biography :

Dr. Alejandro R Rodriguez, is the Director of Robotic and Laparoscopy Surgery, Urology
Oncology & Urologic Reconstruction for the Department of Urology at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He received his Medical Degree from the Autonomous University of Guadalajara where he graduated as top of his class, and completed his Urology residency at the University of South Florida. His postgraduate training includes serving as Clinical Fellow in Urology Oncology – Laparoscopy, and Chef d’Clinique Assistant of the University of Rennes 1 in France; Urology Oncology Clinical Fellow in H Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute; and Chief Resident in Urology at the University of South Florida.

 

 Biography
Research Interest :

Surgical treatment of urologic malignancies with minimally invasive approaches such as robotics and laparoscopy. His research focuses on clinical outcomes of genitourinary malignancies treated surgically, surgical innovations and new technology applied to the surgical treatment of urologic diseases, and methods of training the surgeon urologist of the future.

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Kelvin P. Davies,

Kelvin P. Davies, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Urology and
Department of Physiology and Biophysics
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
USA

Biography :

Kelvin P Davis was trained in biochemistry and molecular biology and have joint appointments as Associate Professor in the Department of Urology and Department of Physiology and Biophysics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The laboratory is interested in understanding urogenital pathology at the physiological, biochemical and molecular level. The ultimate goal of these investigations is to develop new treatments for, or methods to diagnose, urogenital disease. Our recent research has focused on the role of two very different proteins, the MaxiK channel and Opiorphins in urogenital smooth muscle tissue function.

 Biography
Research Interest :

The laboratory is interested in understanding urogenital pathology at the physiological, biochemical and molecular level. The ultimate goal of these investigations is to develop new treatments for, or methods to diagnose, urogenital disease. The role of two very different proteins, the MaxiK channel and Opiorphins in urogenital smooth muscle tissue function.

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Andrew Alexander Stec
Assistant Professor
Department of Urology
Medical University of South Carolina
USA
Biography :

Dr. Stec is a practicing pediatric urologist, holding the position of assistant professor of urology and pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. He is a biomedical engineer with a Bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. His advanced graduate study included a medical doctorate from Emory University School of Medicine and completing a urology residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. His subspecialty training in Urology was completed at The Brady Urological Institute at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. His clinical interests including utilizing minimally invasive and robotic technologies to pediatric urology as well as complex reconstructive pediatric urologic surgery.

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Research Interest :

Dr. Stec has extensive research experience in utilizing advanced imaging modalities to evaluate and analyze the pelvic floor in bladder exstrophy patients as well as clinical outcomes in pediatric urology. Currently, he is performing clinical research involving long term surgical outcomes and prospective evaluation of infants diagnosed with genitourinary issues in the antenatal period.

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Francisco G. La Rosa

Francisco G. La Rosa
Associate Professor
Department of Pathology
University of Colorado Denver
USA

Biography :

Dr. Francisco G. La Rosa, MD, is an Associate Professor of the Department of Pathology, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Full-Time Medical Staff Pathologist of the University of Colorado Hospital, Member of the University of Colorado Cancer Center, Researcher Pathologist at the Prostate Cancer Research Laboratories, Teacher of Pathology to Medical, Dental and CHA-PAs students, Honorary Professor, Medical School, National University "Federico Villarreal", Lima, Peru. Past-President of the “Ibero-American Association of Telehealth and Telemedicine - AITT,” Founder and Editor of the “Journal of the AITT” (Revista AITT), past-Vice Chair of the “American Telemedicine Association Latin-American and Caribbean Chapter - ATALACC.” He received his medical degree from National University “Federico Villarreal” School of Medicine “Hipolito Unanue” in Lima, Peru, and did his pathology residency and fellowship at the University of Colorado; he has been in medical practice in Peru (until 1981) and then in the USA for >40 years.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Prostate cancer pathology, genitourinary pathology, pathology Informatics and telepathology, digital image analysis, digital 3-dimensional reconstruction of organs and tissues, renal and heart transplantation immunopathology.

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Sanjay Gupta

Sanjay Gupta
Carter Kissell Associate Professor & Research Director
Department of Urology
Case Western Reserve University
USA

Biography :

Sanjay Gupta is Carter Kissell Associate Professor & Research Director in the Department of Urology at the Case Western Reserve University and at the Urology Institute, University Hospitals Case Medical Center. He holds secondary appointments in the Departments of Nutrition and Division of General Medical Sciences at Case Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Dr Gupta′s research is primarily on prostate cancer and involves both basic and translational areas of focus. In basic research the focus is to develop appropriate biomarkers for early detection and prognosis of prostate cancer. Another focus is to identify novel targets to monitor the efficacy of treatment with chemopreventive or therapeutic agents. His research interests also include translation of bench research to its application in clinics.

Dr Gupta has authored more than 100 publications, including book chapters, research articles and reviews. His innovative approach to develop these agents in the prevention and treatment of prostate cancer has led to publications in several journals including Cancer Research, Clinical Cancer Research, Oncogene, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, Journal of Clinical Oncology, FASEB Journal and has been featured on NBC-5 news and highlighted in the Plain Dealer, and American Association for Cancer Research press release.
 

 Biography
Research Interest :

Molecular mechanism(s) of prostate and bladder carcinogenesis, role of inflammation in promoting prostate and bladder cancer, biomarker(s) for detection and prognosis of prostate cancer, Identification and characterization of prostate tumor stem cells, epigenetic mechanisms of gene silencing in prostate/bladder cancer and its reactivation by natural agents, molecular targets for prevention and treatment of prostate cancer, prostate cancer stem cells their characteristics, chemoprevention of prostate/bladder cancer by naturally occurring and/or synthetic compound, prevention based clinical trials with promising agents.

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Naveen Pokala

Naveen Pokala, M.D., M.S, FRCS
Assistant Professor
Division of Urology,
University of Missouri
USA
 

Biography :

Naveen Pokala, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Urology in Division of Urology, University of Missouri. He received his medical school degree from Osmania Medical College, India following which he trained in the United Kingdom and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Glasgow, United Kingdom. Dr. Pokala has then worked as a research fellow at the Cleveland clinic foundation, Ohio.
He has completed his Urology training at the Vattikuti Urology Institute, Henry Ford Hospital, Michigan. He has received extensive training in Robotic surgery for prostate, kidney and bladder cancer.
He is the author of numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals, chapters for surgical text books and has presented at various national and international meetings and has received recognition for his research at the scientific meetings. He is an ad hoc reviewer for peer-reviewed scientific journals.
 He specializes in minimally invasive surgery (robotic surgery) in treating urologic malignancies like prostate, kidney and bladder cancer. He also treats patients with benign prostate conditions and stone disease. His expertise in minimally invasive surgery, robotics and endoscopy give him a unique perspective in treating these conditions with the assistance of new technologies.
 

 Biography
Research Interest :

Prostate, kidney and bladder cancer, outcomes studies, clinical trials and clinical databases. He specializes in minimally invasive surgery (robotic surgery) in treating urologic malignancies like prostate, kidney and bladder cancer. He also treats patients with benign prostate conditions and stone disease. His expertise in minimally invasive surgery, robotics and endoscopy give him a unique perspective in treating these conditions with the assistance of new technologies.

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Edward E Cherullo
Case Medical Center
University Hospitals of Cleveland Urologic Institute
USA
Biography :

Dr. Edward Cherullo, Associate Professor of Urology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Vice-Chair of Clinical Operations at the Urology Institute of University Hospitals Case Medical Center, and Board Certified Urologist received his medical degree Cum Laude with Distinction in Research from St. Louis University School of Medicine in Missouri in 1997. Dr. Cherullo then completed residency and a research fellowship in advanced laparoscopic urologic surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation Glickman Urological Institute in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2005, Dr. Cherullo joined University Hospitals.  In 2007 he served as Interim Chief of the Division of Pediatric Urology at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, and later as the Director of Regional Urologic Development, and Director of the Urology Residency Program. Dr. Cherullo is an established researcher with nearly 50 peer-reviewed publications and a member of several societies including the American Urologic Association, the Ohio Urologic Society and the Society of Urologic Chairpersons and Program Directors.

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Research Interest :

Urologic Oncology & Urologic Reconstructive Surgery.

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Asim B. Abdel-Mageed

Asim B. Abdel-Mageed, DVM, MS, PhD
Professor
Department of Urology
Tulane University Health Sciences Center
USA
 

Biography :

Dr. Abdel-Mageed received his D.V.M. from the University of Khartoum, Sudan, in 1983. He was a veterinary practitioner and a faculty member of the Department of Medicine, Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Khartoum until 1987. Dr. Abdel-Mageed obtained M.S. (1989) and Ph.D. (1993) degrees in molecular physiology/toxicology at Kansas State University before joining Tulane as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Pharmacology with Dr. Krishna Agrawal in 1994. He became a research instructor of pharmacology in 1996, continuing his training in molecular cancer pharmacology. He studied genes associated with breast cancer cell growth and their interaction with nuclear transcription factors to mediate mitogenic responses. In 1997, Dr. Abdel-Mageed joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urology and adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmacology. He is founding director of the Molecular Oncology Research Laboratories in the Department of Urology. Dr. Abdel-Mageed has over 25 peer-reviewed publications and has served on several DOD grant review panels.

He is also examining their expression profile in situ to evaluate their correlation with tumor grade and their potential use as biomarkers for disease progression. More recently, his laboratory has been conducting studies pertaining to isolation and characterization of in vivo differentially expressed genes of prostate cancer as they relate to race, age, and tumor grade using state-of-the-art laser capture microdissection, suppressive subtractive hybridization and DNA microarray technology. Analysis of the expression and function of these genes should allow for a more in depth understanding of the processes controlling prostate cancer cell growth, invasion, and metastasis. Dr. Abdel-Mageed\\\\\\\\s research interests also include dissection of molecular mechanisms and signaling pathways associated with chemo/radioresistance of prostate cancer. Using a super-repressor I kappa B adenoviral delivery approach, his laboratory is conducting experiments to evaluate the role of inhibiting the activation of the nuclear factor NF-kappa B in enhancing radio/chemosensitization and apoptosis of prostate cancer cells. 
 

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Research Interest :

Dr. Abdel-Mageed′s laboratory primarily focuses on basic research into the cellular and molecular aspects of urologic diseases, with particular attention given to prostate and bladder cancer. The laboratory has a special interest in tumor cell invasion, metastasis, and disease progression. Molecular biology, genetics, cell biology, and biochemical techniques, as well as studies involving transgenic TRAMP mouse model and in situ analysis of human tissues, are routinely employed to address questions concerning these issues. One area of major interest to Dr. Abdel-Mageed is the role of metallothionein in prostate cancer progression, with special emphasis on cell proliferation using antisense technology and on expression of invasion, angiogenesis and metastasis-related genes using in vitro and in vivo xenograft model systems.

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Jon V Halen

Jon Ver Halen
Assistant Professor
Department of Plastic Surgery
University of Tennessee
Texas, USA

Biography :

Jon Ver Halen, MD, FACS has completed his education from University of Tennessee, Certificate in Clinical Research. He is presently working in Anderson Cancer Center as a Clinical Specialist in Plastic Surgery. He is also an Assistant Professor in Department of Plastic Surgery in University of Tennessee. He is also an Associate program director for plastic surgery residency; program director for micro-vascular surgery fellowship and chief of plastic surgery at University Hospital.He named several awards, honors and grants. He has written more than 20 plus articles, books and book chapters too. He is also an editor in different other journals too.

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Research Interest :

Plastic surgery

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E. Jason Abel

E. Jason Abel, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Urology
University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health
USA

Biography :

Dr Abel completed urology residency at the University of Utah and a fellowship in urologic oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer center, before joining the Department of Urology at the University of Wisconsin.  Dr. Abel conducts clinical, translational, and basic research in urologic oncology. 

 

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Research Interest :

Clinical research interests include the treatment of localized and locally advanced kidney cancer and improving post-surgical outcomes/quality of life. Laboratory interests are focused on the development and metastasis of kidney cancer. Dr Abel is a member of the board of directors for the Society of Urologic Oncology Clinical Trials Consortium renal subcommittee.

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Larissa Bresler

Larissa Bresler, MD
Assistant Professor
Loyola University Medical Center
Department of Urology
2160 South First Avenue
USA

Biography :

Larissa Bresler, M.D. is an Assistant Professor at Loyola University Medical Center in the Department of Urology; she is a B.A graduate from Oregon Health and Sciences University and received her M. D from Oregon Health and Sciences University, Portland.

 Biography
Research Interest :

General Urology

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Tommaso Cai

Tommaso Cai
Professor of Urology
Department of Urology
Santa Chiara Hospital
Largo Medaglie d’Oro, 1 38100 Trento
Trento, Italy

Biography :

Tommaso Cai is a professor & consultant of urology in Santa Chiara Hospital, Italy. Dr. Tommaso Cai’s scientific activity is documented in more than 200 printed publications in books and Italian and international journals (105 original articles and more than 300 abstracts), addressing issues of urinary tract infections, sexually transmitted diseases, andrology, fertility, prostate and bladder cancer, making use of novel technologies. He named several memberships. He is an editorial board member of different journals. He is having more than 50 publications published in national and international journals.

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The main topics of research are:
Prostatitis and Urinary Tract Infections
 Pathological and clinical factors in prostatitis patients
 Novel approach to the Chlamydia trachomatis infections
 Male fertility
 Phytotherapy in urology and andrology
Bladder Cancer
 Pathological and prognostic factors in bladder carcinoma
 Intravesical chemotherapy in bladder carcinoma
 Novel techologies in diagnosis of urological tumors.
Prostate Cancer
 Pathological and prognostic factors in prostate carcinoma
 Novel approach to the prognostic factors evaluation in prostate tumors.

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Ronald B. Moore

Ronald B. Moore, MD, PhD, FRCSC
Professor
Diplomat American Board of Urology
University of Alberta
Canada
 

Biography :

Professor Ronald B Moore, MD, PhD, FRCSC, FACS received his MD from the University of Alberta in 1986. He completed his surgical training in urology and research at the University of Alberta receiving his PhD in experimental surgery and uro-oncology research in 1991. He is an AHFMR Senior Scholar and the inaugural Mr Lube Chair in Uro-Oncology. Dr Moore’s research focuses on novel modalities/therapeutics for treating bladder, kidney and prostate cancer. This research has included laser surgery (including PDT), development of laser and light delivery/detection equipment, drug development, drug testing, drug delivery, biochemical and biological modifiers, molecular markers, predictive assays, gene therapy and development of animal model systems. Dr Moores clinical practice focuses on genitourinary cancers and renal transplantation. He is also involved in clinical trials and clinical outcome studies in these fields. To date he has published more than 200 peer reviewed articles and abstracts.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Dr. Moore’s research focuses on novel modalities/therapeutics for treating bladder, kidney and prostate cancer. This research has included laser surgery (including PDT), development of laser and light delivery/detection equipment, drug development, drug testing, drug delivery, biochemical and biological modifiers, molecular markers, predictive assays, gene therapy and development of animal model systems. Dr Moore′s clinical practice focuses on genitourinary cancers and renal transplantation.

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Colin Collins

Colin Collins, PhD
Professor
Department of Urologic Sciences
Vancouver Prostate Centre
Canada

Biography :

Dr Collins is a Professor at the University of British Columbia and a Senior Scientist at the Vancouver Prostate Centre where he directs The Laboratory for Advanced Genome Analysis He is an associate adjunct professor at the University of California San Francisco Comprehensive Cancer Center His research is best described as translational genomics where mathematics genomics computer science and clinical science converge in diagnostics and therapeutics He identified and patented of a suite of DNA based biomarkers for predicting a prostate cancer patient’s risk of metastasis He invented and patented End Sequence Profiling ESP the forerunner of pairedend sequencing to determine the physical structure of tumour genomes Dr Collins is now integrating arraybased technologies and next generation sequencing technologies to make personalized oncology a reality in the near term He has received multiple patents and awards including the California Cancer Research Programs Cornelius L Hopper Scientific Achievement Award for Innovation

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Research Interest :

His research is best described as translational genomics where mathematics, genomics, computer science, and clinical science converge in diagnostics and therapeutics. He identified and patented of a suite of DNA based biomarkers for predicting a prostate cancer patient’s risk of metastasis. He invented and patented End Sequence Profiling (ESP) the forerunner of paired-end sequencing to determine the physical structure of tumour genomes. Dr Collins is now integrating array-based technologies and next generation sequencing technologies to make personalized oncology a reality in the near term.

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Sohrab Arora
Senior resident of Urology and Renal Transplant
SGPGIMS
India

 

Biography :

Dr. Sohrab Arora, is a urologist trained at SGPGI, one of the finest centers for Urological training in India. He specializes in Minimally Invasive Urology with a special interest in Laparoscopic and Robotic Urology. Currently he is at Medanta - The Medicity, Gurgaon as a Senior Fellow in Minimally invasive urology. Dr. Sohrab Arora has over 50 publications and conference presentations in urology. He is also an editor and reviewer to many peer reviewed journals including Indian Journal of Urology and International Journal of Urology. "Research and peer review help keeping myself abreast with the best technological advances in Urology and Kidney transplant. My endeavor is to provide quality care to my patients, make the surgical experience easier for the patient, and make uro-surgery cost effective without compromising on quality"

 Biography
Research Interest :

Robotic and Minimally Invasive Urology and Uro-oncology

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Tarun Dilip Javali
Assistant Professor and Consultant Urologist
Division of Urology
M.S. Ramaiah Hospital, Bangalore
India
Biography :

Dr. Tarun Dilip Javali is Assistant Professor and Consultant Urologist at M.S. Ramaiah Hospital, Bangalore, India. He completed his Urology Residency from the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences (A.I.I.M.S.), New Delhi. During his residency he was awarded the most coveted AUA-USI International Travelling Fellowship to attend the AUA annual conference at Washinton D.C. He has a strong academic & research interest and has 20 publications in national and international journals. He is the co-author of the paper highlighting the initial experience of robotic radical prostatectomy in India, which was the first of its kind in the country. His research paper on Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy and Prostate Cancer was awarded the prestigious CKP Menon Award at the annual conference of Urological society of India in 2012. He is also active in social work and has taken active part in free urological camps organized by Rotary club and various other non-profit organizations.

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Research Interest :

1. Redo Buccal Mucosal Graft Urethroplasty in recurrent anterior urethral strictures.
2. Multiparametric MRI in prostate cancer.
3. Laparoscopic pyeloplasty in infants.
4. Feasibilty, Safety and Efficacy of Upper Calyx puncture in Supine PCNL.
5. Laparoscopic Extravesical Detrusorraphy for management of vesicoureteral reflux.

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Athanasios Papatsoris

Athanasios Papatsoris, PhD
Athens University
Greece
 

Biography :

Dr. Papatsoris has received his PhD in Athens University during the period 1999-2002. Currently, he is working as a Senior Lecture in Athens University. He has successfully completed his responsibilities as a Senior Endourologist in Barts Hospital in London. He is serving as an editorial member of several reputed journals like Int Braz J Urol,Int J Nephrol Urol, ISRN Urol, Expert Opin Invest Drugs. He has authored many research articles and books. He is a member of EAU, Endourological Society, EAES, BAA, GMC, HUA.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Endourology, lithiasis, laparoscopy, prostate cancer.

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Ziad T.I.H Al-Naieb
Chairman and Professor
College of medicine and medical Sciences Arabian Gulf University
Kingdom of Bahrain-Manama
Biography :

 Professor Ziad Al-Naieb  is working as Chairperson in the Department of Surgery,College of Medicine and medical Sciences,Arabian Gulf University,Manama Kingdom of Bahrain.He has completed MBChB in1975 from Baghdad University,MD german Board of urology Niedersachsen 1984,(PhD) der Johannes Gutenberg University / Mainz in 1985, Fellow of the Royal College of physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (FRCS).He has published more than 30 papers in National and International Journals in English and German languages.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Superficial Bladder cancer, Photodynamic therapy and diagnosis Immunotherapy in urological cancer prostate ca markers research

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Caigan Du

Caigan Du
Scientists & Assistant Professor
Vancouver Prostate Centre
Jack Bell Research Centre
Canada

Biography :

Dr. Caigan Du is a scientist at the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute and an assistant professor in the Department of Urologic Sciences at the University of British Columbia. He received a Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry and postdoctoral training in Immunology. He is interested in the pathogenesis of kidney ischemia-reperfusion injury and transplant rejection, and molecular control of urinary malignancies. He has been studying the association between kidney donor-derived factors and ischemia-reperfusion injury in native kidneys or renal allograft rejection in experimental models, as well as between the microRNAs and the intestinal inflammation and the urinary malignancies. He is also interested in drug development for treating kidney injury and urinary cancer using natural compounds. He is the PI of many grant supports from the Kidney Foundation of Canada and other funding agencies.

 

 Biography
Research Interest :

The pathogenesis of kidney ischemia-reperfusion injury and kidney transplant rejection, molecular control of renal tissue regeneration and repair, molecular control of urinary malignancies and preclinical screening of natural products for drug development.

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Anastasios Athanasopoulos
Associate professor & Consultant
Department of Urology
University of Patras
Greece
Biography :

Anastasios Athanasopoulos is a Urological Surgeon and is currently Associate Professor of Neurourology and Urodynamics at the Medical School in the University of Patras, Greece. He has graduated from University “G. D’Annunzio”, Ghieti, Italy (1982).He concluded his specialization in Urology in the University Hospital of Patras (1990) and graduated his Doctorate from Medical School, University of Patras (1990). After that, he sub-specialized in Neurourology , Urodynamics and Female Urology in UK at Glasgow Royal Infirmary (1991), Taunton and Somerset Hospital (1992), and Southmead Hospital, Bristol (1992). At present he is working as Assc. Professor of Urology with special interest in Neurourology and Urodynamics in Patras University Hospital and he is the head of the Urodynamic Urology Unit. He worked with a sabbatical leave as a consultant at Somerset and Taunton Hospital, UK (2002 and 2003) ,as Visiting Senior Lecturer in Bristol Urological Institute, UK(2002) also from October 2006 to April 2007 and August 2008 to November 2008 in University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, USA, as Visiting Professor and  Martz to April 2010 in Department of Urology and Andrology, University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy as Visiting Professor also. He has been or currently is a principal investigator in several research projects.  He is member of different scientific societies and he has given several lectures internationally on topics of his sub-specialization. Furthermore, he is consultanting pharmaceuticals companies occasionally. His main research interest is on the field of Neurourology, Urodynamics and Female Urology. He has published numerous papers (more than 80), mainly on the topic of Urodynamic Urology in peer reviewed international journals (A. Athanasopoulos or A.Athanassopoulos). He has more than 1000 references to his publications. He is also reviewer in many international journals. 

 Biography
Research Interest :

His main research interest is on the field of Neurourology, Urodynamics and Female Urology.

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Vasundara Venkateswaran

Vasundara Venkateswaran, PhD
Associate Professor
Division of Urology
University of Toronto
Canada
 

Biography :

Dr.Vasundara Venkateswaran obtained her Ph.D from the University of Madras, India. She has had several years of research training at the Washington State University and the University of Kansas Medical Centre, USA. She was recruited to the Division of Urology, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in 2000 and was subsequently appointed as Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto and Scientist, Division of Urology,Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in 2003. Dr.Venkateswaran is responsible for the setting up and management of the prostate cancer research laboratory since 2000. She has established a major initiative in the study of the cellular effects of micronutrients in prostate cancer.This initiative essentially started from scratch, has resulted in a burgeoning research program. Dr. Venkateswaran runs her initiative at the Prostate Cancer Research Laboratory that comprises of clinicians, fellows and Graduate students. Dr.Venkateswaran has a number of key publications in the field of micronutrients and prostate cancer in high impact peer reviewed journals. She has also presented her findings at several national and international meetings. Dr.Venkateswaran has established very productive collaborations with investigators throughout North America as well as locally in Toronto. She serves on the Editorial board of reputed journals. She has been highly successful in receiving peer reviewed operating grant support from the CIHR, PCC and CPCRI and NCIC.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Venkateswaran research interests are in the area of Translational research, Clinical Biochemistry and Molecular and cell biology.Her focus is on the cellular effects of diet, macronutrients and micronutrients with an aims at recognizing novel strategies for improvement of early detection, diagnosis and chemoprevention of prostate cancer. Specifically, she is studying the mechanisms involving the androgen receptor and the IGF signalling pathways and the role of micronutrients in enhancing the effect of hormonal and chemotherapeutic drugs used for prostate cancer prevention.

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Dr. Sarfraz Ahmad

Dr. Sarfraz Ahmad
MBBS, MRCS, PhD, FUSF, FRCS (Urol)
Department of Urology
Consultant Urological and Robotic Surgeon
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary Hospital,
NHS Grampian,
Aberdeen, UK

Biography :

Mr. Sarfraz Ahmad is a consultant urological and Robotic surgeon at NHS Garmpian, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (ARI), Aberdeen UK. Mr Ahmad is a part of pelvic oncology team and lead for Robotic assisted Radical Cystectomy at ARI. He has performed the first Robotic assisted Radical Cystectomy with intracorporeal ileal conduit in Scotland. He did his medical graduation (MBBS) from Nishtar Medical College Multan, Pakistan. He received PhD from National University of Ireland in 2010. He was selected for UK's national training programme in Urology in 2010 and successfully completed the higher surgical training. He was awarded with fellow ship (FRCS) in urology from Royal College of surgeons of Edinburgh, UK. He has presented his research work in various national and international meetings and has more than 55 publications in peer review journals.

Key achievements
• For his PhD research in Ireland, he received a prestigious award from the European Association of Urology in 2010. This award was the first ever for a Urologist from Ireland.
• He is the first Urologist from UK who received focused ultrasound fellowship from the Focused Ultrasound Surgery Foundation, Washington, USA.
• First in Scotland to perform Robotic assisted Radical cystectomy

 Biography
Research Interest :

Uro-oncology
• Robotic and minimal invasive Urological surgery
• Technology /diagnosis of urological cancers
• Focused ultrasound surgery
• Immunotherapy for Prostate cancer

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Rakesh Heer

Rakesh Heer, PhD
Northern Institute for Cancer Research
Newcastle University
UK
 

Biography :

Dr. Rakesh Heer received his PhD in prostate stem cell biology at the Newcastle University, UK in 2006. Currently, he is working as Senior Lecturer and Consultant Urological Surgeon with an interest in oncology at Newcastle University and the Freeman Hospital. He was awarded the European Association of Urology’s Best Urological Paper Published in International Literature 2008, and more recently was honoured with an Hunterian Professorship from the Royal College of Surgeons of England 2010. His currently research is supported by a prestigious Clinician Scientist Fellowship form Cancer Research UK and Royal College of Surgeons of England 2010.

 Biography
Research Interest :

His research focus is in using stem cell models for both urological organ regeneration and therapeutic target identification in urological cancers.

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Ali Mahmoud Ziada

Ali Mahmoud Ziada, MD
Associate Professor
Division of Urology
University of Kentucky
UK
 

Biography :

Dr. Ali Mahmoud Aiada is an associate professor in Division of Urology, University of Kentucky, he completed his M.B.B.S and doctorate in Urology from University of Cairo, and he is professionally associated with American Urological Association.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Pediatric urology as well as disorders of the kidney, bladder and prostate.

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Stavros Charalampous
European Certified Urological Surgeon
Institute of Functional & Reconstructive Urology 
Cyprus
Biography :

Stavros Charalampous graduated from the Medical School of Aristoteleion University of Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1982. I began my medical career by specializing in Urology, first in Germany and then I completed my specialism at the Urology department of Hippokrateio General Hospital of Thessaloniki, acquiring the title of Specialist Urologist. 1990-1992, organized and created the unit of Endourology with extracorporal shock wave lithotripsy and minimal invasive procedures with ultrasound assessment. In 1995, went to the U.S.A where he specialized in Pediatric urology at world renowned Mayo Clinic. Currently, he is a board member of the European Female and Functional Urology Section and official speaker and trainer of ICS. he is an active member of several scientific associations and he has been a member of the boards of the Hellenic Urological Association and of the Urological Association of Northern Greece. He was also the President of the Urology Association of Northern Greece for the years 2011-2012. He has published several scientific papers and He is a peer reviewer of several scientific Journals.

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Research Interest :

Urology

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Koel Chaudhury
Associate Professor
School of Medical Science and Technology
Indian Institute of Technology
India
Biography :

Dr. Koel Chaudhury is an Associate Professor in the School of Medical Science and Technology at Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. She teaches Infertility and Assisted Reproductive Technologies, Medical Imaging and Biomedical Instrumentation to medical graduates. During the early part of her career, she worked in the Centre for Biomedical Engineering, IIT Delhi and contributed significantly towards the development of a novel non-hormonal male contraceptive RISUG, which is presently undergoing Phase III clinical trials. Some of her present research interests include oxidative stress in infertility, antioxidant nanoparticles development, live single cell imaging of gametes, nanobiotechnology, clinical proteomics and biomarkers discovery and NMR based metabolomics. She has several projects ongoing on different aspects of reproductive health funded by various sponsoring agencies of the Government of India.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Oxidative stress in infertility, Women’s health, Clinical proteomics and biomarkers discovery in endometriosis, preeclampsia, Metabolomics and Assisted Reproductive Technology, Endometrial receptivity in repeated pregnancy loss and endometriosis, Latent tuberculosis in IVF failure, Live single cell imaging of gametes.

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Ionel Alexandru Checherita

Ionel Alexandru Checherita
Department of Nephrology
"Carol Davila" University of Medicine and Pharmacy
Romania
 

Biography :
I am Associated Professor at the Department of Nephrology, Urology, Transplant Immunology, Dermatology and Alergology, “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Bucharest, Romania. In addition, I am Medical Head of the Department of Nephrology and Dialysis, “St. John” Emergency Clinical Hospital, Bucharest, Romania.
Since my beginning as nephrology doctor, I participated to different national and international congresses and symposiums, and each year, I tried to gain more medical knowledge by attending to prestigious academic courses. Because of my constant interest of patients’ quality of life, together with colleagues from my Department, I developed a new renal replacement therapy method, a concept that was warmly appreciated by international and national nephrology community.
I am an active member in various national and international journals’ editorial board and medical associations (ISN and ERA-EDTA), because I believe only working together and sharing information we could contribute to medical progress.
As a proof of my constant work as doctor and researcher, I published many articles regarding renal pathology, potential life-threatening complications and new treatment concepts for improving patients outcome.
In the future, I hope my academic career and research will better and I would be able to improve Romanian medical system and discover new therapy techniques for slowing chronic kidney disease natural evolution.
 Biography
Research Interest :

Clinical nephrology, new methods of renal replacement therapy, mineral bone disease, physiopathology, immunology, renal anemia, genetics, transplantation, renal tumors, pharmaceutics.

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Alex Chang ZOU
School of Biomedical Sciences
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
China
Biography :

Alex Chang ZOU, is a qualified physician and treated both emergency and in-hospital patients with surgical disorders as in Dong Rui Hospital, Nanjing, China. He is presently working as Deputy Director in Clinical Research Centre. His previous research work includes:

1. Selection and validation of esophageal cancer cell targeting phage-displayed peptides.

2. Dose-effect curve study and new applications development of human recombinant endostatin.

3.  Preclinical study of an anti-VEGF monoclonal antibody drug. Functional study of estrogen-related receptor alpha in prostate cancer.

4. Estrogen-related receptor alpha in Castration-Resistance Prostate Cancer.

He also provided an original idea and prepared preliminary data for the grant applying and found that ERR overexpression in prostate cancer contribute to its Bicalutamide-resistance and androgen independent growth both in vitro and in vivo.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Molecular cloning techniques; protein-protein interaction analysis: Co-IP, FRET, phage-displayed peptide library screening and identification (in vivo and in vitro); tumor angiogenesis analysis (in vitro and in vivo); histology techniques (slices and IHC); tissue culturing; construction and identification of sub-cell line by both transfection and infection; polyclonal antibody production in rabbit and purification, animal handling: tumor xenograft model constructing in mice subcutaneously and orthotopic, drug administration in mice by garage, i.p. and i.v. by tail vein.

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