U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Urology Program Directors Meeting 2016

Urology Program Directors Meeting 2016

12/7/2016 2:00 PM
12/9/2016 12:00 PM
(831) 372-8016 or (888) 635-5310

​Program Content

Tracy L. Rankin, Ph.D., M.P.H.
National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases
T: (301) 594-4748
Deborah K. Hoshizaki, Ph.D.
National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases
T: (301) 594-7712

Meeting Logistics

Robert Watson, CMP
The Scientific Consulting Group, Inc. 
T: (301) 670-4990
E: rwatson@scgcorp.com
Pacific Grove
Asilomar Conference Grounds

Event Details

Meeting Objectives

The purpose of the Urology Program Directorsʼ Meeting is to bring together the Directors of the OʼBrien Urology Centers and their project directors, the Directors of the Planning Centers for Interdisciplinary Research in Benign Urology, and the Directors for the Multidisciplinary K12 Urologic Research (KURe) Career Development Program and their fellows. This meeting will promote interactions between Centers and Programs and the sharing of resources.

Registration Deadline

November 23, 2015​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


Draft Agenda


December 7, 2016

Session I

Basic and Translational Bladder Physiology

2:00 p.m. – 2:40 p.m. Mapping the neural circuits controlling bladder filling/voiding in mouse (new – P20) and stimulation of CRH-Glut neurons in Barrington's nucleus by DREADDS leads to voiding behavior in mouse (existing P20)
Dr. Mark Zeidel
2:40 p.m. – 3:05 p.m. Imaging bladder repair (P20)
Dr. Frank Marini
3:05 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Real-time imaging of urinary tract smooth muscle function (P20)
Dr. Doris Herzlinger
3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. In vivo imaging in humans (K12)
Dr. Rose Kharvari
3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Insulin resistance in OAB (K12)
Dr. Nazema Siddiqui
4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Neuromodulation for OAB (K12)
Dr. James Hokansen
4:15 p.m. Break

Session II

Basic Prostate Pathophysiology

4:35 p.m. – 4:50 p.m. Transcriptional profiling of MTOPS samples (new – P20)
Dr. Jay Fowke
4:50 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Prostate transcriptional profiling (P20)
Dr. James Brooks
5:15 p.m. – 5:40 p.m. Beta-catenin in urinary dysfunction (U54 Wisconsin)
Dr. Chad Vezina
5:40 p.m. Posters available

December 8, 2016

Session II

Basic Prostate Pathophysiology continued

8:30 a.m. – 8:55 a.m. CXCL12/CXCR4 axis activation in LUT fibrosis and dysfunction (U54 Wisconsin)
Dr. Jill Macoska
8:55 a.m. – 9:10 a.m. Prostatic inflammation and prostate/bladder cross talk (new – U54 Pittsburgh)
Dr. Lori Birder (Yoshimura)

Session III

Prostate Pathophysiology and Molecular Endocrinology Urologic Tissues

9:10 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Relationship of fibrosis, ER, and LUT dysfunction (prostate) (U54 Wisconsin)
Dr. Will Ricke
9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. The role of estrogen receptor activation in benign prostatic hyperplasia (K12)
Dr. Teresa Liu
9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. High-throughput assessment of AR dysfunction (K12)
Dr. Adam Szafran
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Prostate luminal epithelial permeability in BPH pathogenesis (new – U54 Pittsburgh)
Dr. Zhou Wang
10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Cox-2 and ERB signaling (new – U54 Pittsburgh)
Dr. Zhou Wang (DeFranco)
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Break

Session IV


10:45 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. Characterization and location of stone precursors (U54 Mayo)
Dr. John Lieske
11:10 a.m.  – 11:35 a.m. Epic of kidney stone recurrence (U54 Mayo)
Dr. Andrew Rule
11:35 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Drosophila model for the inhibition of oxalate nephrolithiasis (U54 Mayo)
Dr. Michael Romero
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. – 1:40 p.m. Dual-energy CT characterization of stones (U54 Mayo)
Dr. Cynthia McCollough
1:40 p.m. – 2:05 p.m. Cystine mouse model provides hope for novel new medical prophylactic therapy (P20)
Dr. Marshall Stoller

Session V

Development of Urologic Organs

2:05 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. RA signaling and ureter maturation (U54 Columbia)
Dr. Cathy Mendelsohn
2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Wnt signaling the cloaca (zebrafish) as a model for human VUJ defects (U54 Columbia)
Dr. Ian Drummond
2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Genetic variants associated with urinary tract anomalies (K12)
Dr. Reza Bekheirnia
3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Genetic causes of VUR; role of KCTD13 in GU tract development (K12)
Dr. Abhishek Seth
3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Animal models of hypospadias (K12)
Dr. Adriane Sinclair
3:30 p.m. – 3:55 p.m. Genitourinary phenotyping of Lama3 and Lamc2 knockouts (U54 Columbia)​
Dr. Ali Gharavi
3:55 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Break

Session VI

Urinary Tract Infections and Microbiome

4:15 p.m. – 4:40 p.m. Associated cellular changes in CD with urinary tract infection (U54 Columbia)
Dr. Jonathan Barasch
4:40 p.m. – 4:55 p.m. Kris Penniston—Goldberg microbiome pilot (U54 Wisconsin)
4:55 p.m. – 5:20 p.m. Urinary microbiome (P20)
Dr. Alan Wolfe
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Dinner
7:30 p.m. Poster session (including resource posters for each U54/P20)

December 9, 2016

Session VII

Translational and Urologic Epidemiology

8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Shared decision making in urology (K12)
Dr. Lindsay Hampson
8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Frailty in older adults post-urologic surgery (K12)
Dr. Ann Suskind
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Continence Across Continents Part Deux: Mind Over Matter, Health Bowels, Healthy Bladder (K12)
Dr. Heidi Brown
9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Unnecessary care in urologic medicine (K12)
Dr. Britt Conroy
9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Break
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. NIDDK discussions with EEP (limited to Principal Investigators and Project Leaders of funded Center programs)
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EEP feedback to PDs
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
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Hotel Accommodations

Asilomar Conference Grounds
800 Asilomar Avenue
Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3704
Phone:  (831) 372-8016 or (888) 635-5310

Website:  http://www.visitasilomar.com
(More hotel information can be obtained from this website.)

Government Room Rate

A block of sleeping rooms has been reserved at the Asilomar Conference Grounds for arrival on Wednesday, December 7, 2016, and departure on Friday, December 9, 2016. You may make reservations online at Asilomar Conference Grounds Reservations. This link will give you an all-inclusive government rate that includes lodging and meals. All meals will occur on the conference grounds. Please make your reservations early—the room block is limited. The total value of your reservation will be charged on the credit card provided within 24 hours of your booking. The meals included in your reservation begin with dinner for those arriving on Tuesday, December 6, or with lunch for those arriving on Wednesday, December 7; the final meal included will be lunch on the day of departure.


Check-in time is 4:00 p.m., and checkout time is 11:00 a.m. Parking is provided in designated areas.


A full refund, less a service charge of $100 per person, is given for cancellations received by November 6, 2016. Regrettably, no refunds can be made for cancellations received on or after November 7, 2016.


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Submission Deadline

November 22, 2017

Submitting Abstracts

All abstracts must be submitted via email to Rob Watson of The Scientific Consulting Group, Inc. at rwatson@scgcorp.com with “Urology Program Directors’ Abstract” in the subject line.

Formatting Requirements

  1. A completed poster abstract should include a statement of purpose, methods used, and a summary of results in sufficient detail to support the conclusion. Statements such as “results will be described” should be avoided.
  2. The poster abstract should fit on half of an 8.5” × 11” page. Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words (not including name and affiliation).
  3. The abstract should be typed single-spaced using 12-point Times New Roman font.
  4. The title should be boldface and followed by one return.
  5. The author list (authors’ first and last names, degrees) with institutions listed in a separate paragraph—including city, state, and country—should be followed by one return. The name of the presenting author should be underlined. Provide any grant acknowledgments for your research (e.g., R01-DK13028) at the end of your abstract.
  6. The abstract file should be saved as: presenting author’s Last name_First word in the title (e.g., Zucker_Effects).

Poster Presentations

Each author is allotted one half of a 4-foot-high by 4-foot-wide poster board. The poster session will be held on Thursday, December 8, 2016, at 7:00 p.m.

Photography Guidelines

Photography is not allowed where posters are displayed.


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​Program Content

Tracy L. Rankin, Ph.D., M.P.H.
National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases
T: (301) 594-4748
Deborah K. Hoshizaki, Ph.D.
National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases
T: (301) 594-7712

Meeting Logistics

Robert Watson, CMP
The Scientific Consulting Group, Inc. 
T: (301) 670-4990
E: rwatson@scgcorp.com