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.
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Kristen Uchtmann, MS (a member of Dr. William A. Ricke’s lab) is the first author on a manuscript entitled “Fetal bisphenol A and ethinylestradiol exposure alters male rat urogenital tract morphology at birth: Confirmation of …December 23, 2019
Hannah Ruetten, Livianna Myklebust, and Mathilde Bonnemaison Won Best Poster Awards at the 2019 Collaborating for the Advancement of Interdisciplinary Research in Benign Urology (CAIRIBU) Meeting in Kansas City, MO
Congratulations to Hannah Ruetten (Vezina Lab, Graduate student), Livianna Myklebust (Ricke Lab, former SPUUR Intern), & Mathilde Bonnemaison (Macoska Lab, Post-Doctoral Researcher) for winning Best Poster awards at the 2019 Collaborating for the Advancement of …December 23, 2019
Congratulations to U54 collaborator, Dr. Nathan Tykocki (Michigan State University), 2019 AUA Early-Career Investigator Research Showcase first place award winner!
Nathan Tykocki (Assistant Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology at Michigan State University) was awarded first place in the American Urological Association Conference’s Early-Career Investigator Research Showcase. Congratulations, Dr. Tykocki!December 23, 2019
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