Uromicrobiota Research Interest Group (U-RIG)

The Uromicrobiota Research Interest Group (U-RIG) includes CAIRIBU and non-CAIRIBU investigators interested in the uromicrobiota. Investigators are clinicians and scientists from a variety of fields including urology, urogynecology, microbiology, microbial ecology, virology, bioinformatics, and computer and data science.

The CAIRIBU U-RIG Research Hour series aims to facilitate knowledge exchange and spur collaborations in the urobiome and adjacent fields.

Events

View the May 2024 U-RIG Research Hour with Nazema Siddiqui, MD, MHSc and Chelsie Armbruster, PhD

Title: “Recurrent UTI: lessons learned from the microbiome” (Siddiqui) and “Composition and consequences of polymicrobial bacteriuria during long-term catheterization” (Armbruster)

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View the April 2024 U-RIG Research Hour with Henry Schreiber, PhD, MS

Title: “Microbial dysbiosis in recurrent urinary tract infection alters the gut-bladder axis”

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View the March 2024 U-RIG Research Hour with Tanya Sysoeva, PhD

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View the January 2024 U-RIG Research Hour with Vanessa Hale, MAT, DVM, PhD and Anne L. Ackerman, MD

Titles: “The role of the microbiome in pelvic pain”; “The dog as a model for urobiome research”

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View the December 2023 U-RIG Research Hour with Lisa Karstens, PhD and Jeremy Burton, PhD, MSc

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View the November 2023 U-RIG Research Hour with Alan Wolfe, PhD and Maria Hadjifrangiskou, PhD

Titles: “An update on the urobiome”; “People are convinced there is a urobiome. Now what?”

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View the October 2023 U-RIG Research Hour with Catherine Putonti, PhD

Title: “Sequencing the urobiome – going beyond profiling genera”

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View the September U-RIG Research Hour with Aaron Miller, PhD and Lindsey Burnett, MD, PhD

Titles: “Implications of kidney bacteria for urologic pathologies”; “Role of host cell metabolism in UTIs”

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View CAIRIBU Connections: “Elevating the Patient Voice in UTI Research – A Clinician-Scientist Panel”

CAIRIBU Connections are virtual gatherings that aim to bring together CAIRIBU and non-CAIRIBU investigators interested in similar topics. Following the highly successful June 2023 CAIRIBU Connections event, “UTI Through the Lifespan – A Patient Perspective,” in which a panel of patients from the UTI Health Alliance described their lived experiences with recurrent UTIs, a follow-up panel of scientists and clinicians responded to patients’ questions, comments, and frustrations about UTIs. We invited both patients and researchers to be part of this important dialogue so that we can advance the science around UTIs together.

View CAIRIBU Connections: “UTI Through the Lifespan – A Patient Perspective”

CAIRIBU Connections are virtual gatherings that aim to bring together CAIRIBU and non-CAIRIBU investigators interested in similar topics. This CAIRIBU Connections topic of “UTI Through the Lifespan – A Patient Perspective” was formatted as a patient panel. This event aimed to shed light on urinary tract infections (UTIs) from a unique standpoint – that of the patients themselves. Patient panelists from the UTI Health Alliance patient advocacy group covered viewpoints from early childhood, parenting a young child with UTI, young adulthood with UTI, middle age, and postmenopausal. This event was curated to build pathways for knowledge exchange between patients and researchers and provide investigators with the tools to develop patient-centered research agendas around the topic of UTIs.

Conceptual “mind map” of knowledge gaps, barriers, and challenges in urinary microbiota research

Generated from discussion at the July 2021 kickoff CAIRIBU U-RIG Meeting

PRIOR MEETING MINUTES AND SUMMARIES:

  • JULY 2023 meeting summary HERE
  • JUNE 2023 meeting summary HERE
  • MAY 2023 meeting summary HERE
  • JANUARY 2022 meeting summary HERE
  • NOVEMBER 2021 meeting summary HERE
  • SEPTEMBER 2021 meeting summary HERE

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