Urology Care Foundation Announces 2024 Research Awards of Distinction


The Urology Care Foundation, the leading nonprofit urological health foundation and official foundation of the American Urological Association, has announced the recipients of the 2024 Research Awards of Distinction. These awards recognize outstanding contributions to urology research, specifically in pediatrics and prostate cancer. They also highlight the accomplishments of previous grant recipients, celebrate research mentors, and acknowledge talented early-career scholars.

Dr. John M. Park of the University of Michigan Medical School has been awarded the John W. Duckett, Jr., MD Pediatric Urology Research Excellence Award. This award, established in 2009, recognizes outstanding work in pediatric urology research.

Dr. Felix Feng of the University of California at San Francisco has been honored with the Richard D. Williams, MD Prostate Cancer Research Excellence Award. The Williams Award, established in 2013, recognizes impactful research in prostate cancer over the previous 10 years.

Dr. Wayne J.G. Hellstrom has received the Distinguished Mentor Award for his outstanding track record of fostering the next generation of research by providing guidance to early-career investigators.

Dr. James Eastham has been awarded the Distinguished Scholar Alumnus Award for his substantial impactful research and commitment to scholarship and academic leadership.

Additionally, two Outstanding Graduate Scholar Awards have been presented. Dr. Heiko Yang from the University of California, San Francisco Department of Urology has been recognized for his one-year research project on the role of macrophages in Randall’s plaque formation. Dr. Kait F. Al from Western University has been acknowledged for her two-year research project on the role of toxic xenobiotics and the gut microbiota in kidney stone formation.

These awardees will be celebrated at the Urology Care Foundation Research Honors Program held at the AUA Annual Meeting in May 2024. The Urology Care Foundation continues to support and improve urologic clinical care by funding research and developing patient education.

The Urology Care Foundation operates in the field of urological health. Urology is a medical specialty that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders related to the urinary system and male reproductive system. This includes conditions such as kidney stones, urinary tract infections, prostate cancer, and pediatric urological issues.

The market for urological health services and research is expected to grow in the coming years. According to a report by Grand View Research, the global urology devices market is projected to reach $47.2 billion by 2025, driven by factors such as the increasing prevalence of urological disorders, advancements in technology, and a growing geriatric population.

One of the prominent challenges in the urology industry is improving early detection and treatment of conditions such as prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in men, and research advancements are needed to enhance screening methods, develop targeted therapies, and improve overall patient outcomes.

To stay updated on the latest developments and research in the urology industry, you can visit the official website of the American Urological Association at www.auanet.org. This website provides valuable information about urological health, ongoing research projects, and educational resources for both healthcare professionals and patients.

Overall, the Urology Care Foundation plays a crucial role in supporting urological research and improving patient care in the field of urology. Through its research awards and grants, the foundation recognizes outstanding contributions to the field and fosters the development of talented early-career scholars.