Collaborating for the Advancement of Interdisciplinary Research in Benign Urology



The Duke KURe Multidisciplinary Benign Urology Research Symposium 2022 attracted over 140 scientists from 47 academic institutions, from the USA, Canada, Australia, and Germany spanning a broad range of scientific subspecialties. This virtual meeting showcased not only the superb research by our Duke trainees but provided an opportunity for trainees across the US and internationally to highlight their research. Over 40 abstracts were submitted, and the best trainee submissions were selected for oral platform presentations by the KURe advisory committee. The symposium offered 2 keynote speakers, 6 oral platform presentations by our awardees and KURe scholars, and 2 multidisciplinary panel discussions. During 6 concurrent scientific sessions trainee presentations were judged to win basic, translational, and clinical research awards. Additionally, there was opportunity on Friday for trainees to meet in small groups with experts for networking and advice.

“Another fantastic program with great topics!!”

“Very professional presentations.  Very prepared for questions. So inspiring to see such dedicated young scientists”




Multiple CAIRIBU investigators and trainees participated in the SUFU 2022 Winter Meeting in San Diego (and also virtually due to the meeting’s hybrid model). From Tuesday, Feb. 22 through Saturday, Feb. 26, notable speakers were: Indira Mysorekar, PhD (Baylor College of Medicine), PI of a prior CAIRIBU P20 Exploratory Center at Washington University; Jim Hokanson PhD (Medical College of Wisconsin & Marquette University), prior K12 Scholar in the Duke University KURe Program; and Rose Khavari, MD (Houston Methodist), prior Opportunity Pool Awardee (University Pittsburgh U54 O’Brien Center). CAIRIBU trainees were presenters or co-authors for abstracts presented in various sessions: Sarah Maxwell (graduate student, University of Tennessee P20 Exploratory Center), Giulia Lane, MD (K12 Scholar, University of Michigan KUroEpi Program), and Ross Everett, MD (prior urology fellow affiliated with the Medical College of Wisconsin P20 Exploratory Center). CAIRIBU PIs Kathryn Flynn, PhD (Medical College of Wisconsin P20 Exploratory Center) and Cindy Amundsen, MD (Duke University KURe Program) were co-authors on abstracts. Nazema Siddiqui, MD, MHS (Duke Health), prior K12 Scholar (Duke University KURe Program), was a presenter, co-author, and senior author on posters presented in both basic science and clinical science sessions. The full SUFU program book is HERE.



At the November 2021 SBUR meeting, CAIRIBU investigators and trainees were involved in multiple sessions as presenters, moderators, co-authors, and experts. Click HERE for downloadable spreadsheet detailing their participation. Congratulations to CAIRIBU-affiliated SBUR Meeting Travel Award winners:

  • Alexis Adrian, BA – trainee with University of Wisconsin-Madison George M. O’Brien (U54) Urology Cooperative Research Centers Program. Topic: Mitochondrial Dysfunction Contributes to Fibrosis in Aging- Associated Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
  • Mamatha Kakaria, PhD – trainee with NorthShore University Health System and Purdue University Exploratory Center (P20) for Interdisciplinary Research in Benign Urology. Topic: Racial Differences in Prostate Stromal EphrinB Ligands Between African American and European American Populations and Their Role in Prostate Cancer Tumorigenicity



CAIRIBU had a strong showing at this year’s AUA meeting, which was held in September this year after having been delayed from May. More than 50 presentations/lectures by >25 CAIRIBU-affiliated investigators and trainees were on the schedule. Highlights below.

Basic Sciences Symposium Travel Award winners:

  • Diya Binoy Joseph, PhD – Postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of Doug Strand, PhD at UT-Southwestern, affiliated with the University of Wisconsin-Madison U54 George M. O’Brien Center. Dr. Binoy Joseph’s poster was entitled “Cellular mechanisms of 5-alpha reductase inhibitor treatment resistance in benign prostatic hyperplasia”
  • Michael Odom, PhD – K12 Scholar in the Duke University KURe Program. Dr. Odom’s poster was entitled “Diabetes damages urothelial barrier function in mice via NLRP3-dependent mechanisms”

Featured in the AUA Research Forum: Early-Career Investigators Showcase were:

  • Kyle Wood, MD – Investigator with the P20 Exploratory Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Wood’s presentation addressed “The sources of endogenous oxalate”
  • Giulia Lane, MD – K12 Scholar with the University of Michigan KUroEpi Program. Dr. Lane’s presentation addressed “Use of shared decision making in urology”
  • Scott Bauer, MD, ScM – K12 Scholar with the University of California San Francisco-Kaiser Permanente KUroEpi Program. Dr. Bauer’s presentation addressed “Association of frailty index with clinical benign prostatic hyperplasia progression: the medical therapy of prostatic symptoms (MTOPS) trial”