The urologic oncology fellowship research experience can focus on clinical outcomes, laboratory-based investigation, or procedural research in the large animal lab. Fellows are enrolled in the Clinical Research Training Program (CTRP) a training program focusing on study design, implementation of clinical research, and statistics/epidemiology.
The Section of Urology maintains multiple large volume databases of patients treated for urologic cancers and serves as the foundation for clinical outcomes research. We presently collaborate with faculty members of the Department of Epidemiology and Health Economics. We currently have IRB-approved, prospectively collected databases for all patients undergoing prostatectomy, nephrectomy and cystectomy as well as a bio-repository of urologic cancer tissue and blood. All study ideas and design are regularly presented and discussed at a bi-weekly research meeting.
Multiple laboratory-based research opportunities exist under the guidance and mentorship of funded faculty members. Fellows have identified opportunities within the Section and in other Departments, such as Oncology, and The Human Genome Program, depending on their research interests and career goals. Previous projects have included siRNA and urothelial cancer, metastases research, stem cells and prostate cancer, and investigation of a novel protein identified in kidney cancer.
A large animal lab (canine and porcine) is equipped with a DaVinci robot and ancillary staff/equipment to ensure meaningful and innovative studies. Research focuses on development of new procedures and devices for minimally invasive surgery.
A clinical trials office is maintained in conjunction with the Department of Hematology-Oncology and coordinates over 20 active clinical trials. Opportunities are available to design and implement investigator-initiated, funded, hypothesis-based clinical trials.
Regular meetings regarding urologic research include a weekly clinical trials conference and bi-weekly Clinical Outcomes and Translational Research conference. Both meetings are mandatory for research fellows.
The SUO fellows will assist in the collection of clinical data along with research fellows and residents to produce outcomes and translational research studies for both national/international presentation (AUA, WCE, North-Central Section-AUA, SUO, ASCO) and manuscript publication. A laptop computer will be provided to each fellow as well as personal office space. At least 3-5 peer-reviewed publications per year are expected.