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.
Dr. Granville Lloyd, in collaboration with the UW O’Brien Center, discusses the impact of BPH/LUTS from a global perspective
Recent work from Bryn Launder (University of Colorado), Dr. Kevin McVary (Loyola University Medical Center), Dr. Will Ricke (University of Wisconsin-Madison, O’Brien Center), and Dr. Granville Lloyd (University of Colorado) demonstrate the global impact of …November 23, 2020
Dr. Jordan Vellky and colleagues describe the role of nucleolar protein BOP1 in advanced prostate disease
New research from the Ricke lab and PhD candidate Jordan Vellky describes the implication of the nucleolar protein BOP1 in advanced prostate disease. Nucleolar protein BOP1 has been associated with multiple malignancies, but it has …November 23, 2020
Dr. Kristina Penniston, PhD, RD receives a Urology Centers Program Interactions Core Award (U24) from NIDDK
Congratulations to Dr. Kristina Penniston, UW O’Brien Center Interaction Core Coordinator, for receiving a Urology Centers Program Interactions Core Award (U24, NIDDK)! This 5-year grant will support broad and diverse efforts to enhance collaboration and restore …October 16, 2020
Congratulations to Dr. Teresa Liu for her Assistant Scientist appointment to the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Urology! Dr. Liu recently obtained a K01 titled “Impact of Age on Altered Steroidogenesis and Estrogen Receptor Activation …October 16, 2020
Congratulations to Dr. Scott Ryan Bauer (UCSF & San Francisco VA), Dr. William Ricke (UW-Madison O’Brien Center), and colleagues on their new publication in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society! See the full manuscript …October 16, 2020
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