Research undertaken at the UW-Madison George M. O’Brien Center for Benign Urology Research is dedicated to improving urologic health in aging men. The center is a multi-site research cooperative between the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Massachusetts-Boston, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Our lobster and cheese insignia reflects the Wisconsin-Massachusetts collaboration.
In addition to building research tools and improving technology for benign urology research, the U54 O’Brien Center for Benign Urologic Research also supports basic science and translational research.
The U54 O'Brien Center for Benign Urologic Research provides funding opportunities, technical resources, and protocols for researchers.
The O’Brien Centers were established by the NIDDK in 1987 as P50 programs and worked independently. They were converted to the U54 mechanism in 2012 to encourage collaboration between funded centers and sharing with the larger research community with the following mission:
- Support the next generation of urologic researchers by providing meaningful education, support, and mentoring
- Cultivate new research tools and ideas by expanding the collaborative network within and outside of the traditional urologic research field
- Enhance knowledge of mechanisms associated with normal development, function, and disease pathology related to the urinary tract, kidney, and prostate
- Translate knowledge and tools generated from our collaborations to the clinical setting to reduce the burden of benign urologic illness by developing and testing therapies to better treat, manage, and prevent these diseases
The goals of the O’Brien Center are to:
- Identify factors that cause urinary dysfunction in aging men
- Build consensus around research approaches to model urinary dysfunction in rodents
- Provide opportunities for established investigators to transition into the field of benign urology
- Secure the future of urologic research by promoting development of the next generation of urologic researchers
- Disseminate urologic research knowledge through seminars, workshops and symposia
OTHER U54 O’BRIEN CENTERS FOR BENIGN UROLOGY RESEARCH
The Columbia University O’Brien Urology Center brings together research programs in Human Genetics and Mouse models to address the causes of congenital urinary tract malformations.
The University of Pittsburgh O'Brien Urology Research Center's mission is to identify new targets for developing novel preventative & therapeutic treatment approaches for BPH.
Livianna Myklebust awarded Collaborating for the Advancement of Interdisciplinary Research in Benign Urology (CAIRIBU) Research Training and Development Award
Livianna Myklebust, undergraduate research scholar in the Ricke Lab/UW-Madison U54 O’Brien Center, was awarded a Collaborating for the Advancement of Interdisciplinary Research in Benign Urology (CAIRIBU) Research Training and Development Award to travel to the …October 29, 2019
Dr. Teresa Liu, K12 Scholar/Assistant Scientist in the Ricke lab, was awarded a 2019 SBUR Travel Award for her abstract entitled “Estrogen Mediated Racial Disparity in Men with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia” Dr. Petra Popovics, K12 …October 29, 2019
Anne Turco, a PhD candidate in Dr. Chad Vezina’s laboratory, has been awarded the 2019 UW-Madison Zaman-Saroya Award for excellence in research and scholarship. Congratulations, Anne!October 29, 2019
Congratulations to Dr. Chad Vezina, O’Brien Center Co-Director, for receiving a 2019 UW-Madison Vilas Mid-Career Investigator Award. The Vilas Mid-Career Investigator Award recognizes research and teaching excellence in faculty who are at mid-career.October 29, 2019
Hannah Ruetten, a PhD/DVM candidate in Dr. Chad Vezina’s laboratory, has been awarded a four year National Institutes of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Fellowship (F30). Way to go, Hannah!September 19, 2019
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