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Making a Difference

Making a Difference

Urology Care Foundation Research Awards 40 Years and Growing

The Urology Care Foundation is the official foundation of the American Urological Association (AUA). It is a leader in advancing urologic research and education to improve patients’ lives. Since 1975, the Foundation has funded researchers working toward scientific breakthroughs and advances in urologic research.

Next year, the Foundation and the AUA will celebrate 40 years supporting research. In that time, more than $20 million has been invested to help train more than 600 of the best and brightest doctors and scientists in urologic research. In 2015, the Foundation and the AUA expect to fund 64 research projects, totaling more than $1.2 million.

Many key gains in urology research have been made by researchers trained through Urology Care Foundation awards. These researchers have improved the lives of patients with urologic health conditions. The Research Scholars Award is the Foundation’s oldest and largest program. It provides support and mentoring to young researchers.

This year, a number of urology societies and sections have supported urologic research. 10 groups have started 12 new research endowments. For each endowment, the groups and their members generously donated $250,000. The AUA matched those donations five to one. Each $1.5 million endowment will provide yearly income to fund a new Urology Care Foundation Research Scholars Award forever. The Foundation and the AUA are grateful for the donors whose charitable gifts are ensuring urology research awards are available as long as they are needed. Those donor groups are:

Endourological SocietyEndourological Society – two awards were endowed; the Endourological Society Research Scholar Award and the Endourological Society/Raju Thomas, MD Award.

IAUAIndian American Urological Association (IAUA) – two awards were endowed: the IAUA/Sakti Das, MD Research Scholar Award and the IAUA/Kailish Kedia, MD Research Scholar Award.

Society for Pediatric UrologySociety for Pediatric Urology – started the Society for Pediatric Urology/Sushil Lacy, MD Research Scholar Endowment Fund.

Society of Urologic Oncology (SUO)Society of Urologic Oncology (SUO) – two awards in urologic oncology were endowed by SUO.

Southeastern Section of the AUA (SESAUA)Southeastern Section of the AUA (SESAUA) – this is the third award endowed by the SESAUA.

Western Section of the AUA (WSAUA)Western Section of the AUA (WSAUA) – this is the second award endowed by the WSAUA.

Society for Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogenital Reconstruction (SUFU)Society for Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogenital Reconstruction (SUFU) – endowed the Society for Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogenital Reconstruction/Hari Badlani Research Scholar Award.

North Central Section of the AUA (NCSAUA)North Central Section of the AUA (NCSAUA) – endowed their second Research Scholar Award.

South Central Section of the AUA (SCSAUA)South Central Section of the AUA (SCSAUA) – this is the second Research Scholar Award endowed by the SCSAUA.

Sexual Medicine Society of North America (SMSNA)Sexual Medicine Society of North America (SMSNA) – this is the first award endowed by the SMSNA.

More funds are still needed, as there are many areas of urologic research and education still underfunded. We urge you to partner with us. This vital work only happens with the ongoing support of donors like you. Share our vision of advancing urologic research and education to improve patients' lives.

To learn more about how to donate and make a difference, visit: https://www.urologymanagement.org/donate/index.cfm.

Thank you to our donors!

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