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, University of Texas-Southwestern, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
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 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.
Calling all undergraduates! We are thrilled to notify you of a 12-week research/internship opportunity at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Summer 2023. The Summer Program for Undergraduate Urology Research (SPUUR) seeks new and enthusiastic thinkers for …January 26, 2023
Congratulations to Dr. William Ricke, UW O’Brien Center Director, UW Department of Urology Director of Research and The UWMF Professor of Urologic Research, for being elected 2023 Society for Basic Urologic Research (SBUR) president!December 27, 2022
Congratulations to Dr. Kimberly Keil Steitz, UW O’Brien Center Biomedical Core Co-Director, for being awarded a Stanford Opportunity Pool grant! The grant, titled Impact of Developmental PCBs on Neural Activity in the Pontine Micturition Center, …December 27, 2022
A new collaborative work between the laboratories of Drs. William Ricke and Lingjun Li in the Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry provides insight as to how porous graphitic carbon separations may be …December 27, 2022
The UW O’Brien Center had a strong presence at the 2022 Advancement of Interdisciplinary Research in Benign Urology (CAIRIBU) Annual Meeting in Bethesda, MD 11/30-12/2/2022. Presenters Chad Vezina (Professor, UW Comparative Biosciences & UW O’Brien …December 27, 2022
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