Urology Research

University Hospitals urology physicians and scientists are forerunners in the development of scientific research and clinical advancements for urological disorders. Each year, our department consistently ranks in the top 25 urology departments for most research funding by the National Institutes of Health. In addition, our Department of Urology physicians and researchers publish more than 50 scientific peer-reviewed papers annually.

Our growing staff of physician researchers conduct vast basic, translational and clinical research projects in the following areas:

  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Neurogenic bladder
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Pelvic pain
  • Prostate, bladder and kidney cancer
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Urological complications of obesity and diabetes

Collaboration Key at UH Urology Institute's Research and Innovation Center

Additionally, University Hospitals Urology Institute's Research and Innovation Center is fueling greater collaboration among physicians and researchers to further urology disease research and to expand the realm of what is possible in the treatment and prevention of urological conditions.

Our goal as physician researchers is simple: to move potential therapies from the bench to the bedside as quickly as possible.

Dedicated Residency Year for Research Opportunities

We highly encourage interested individuals at all levels to participate in basic, translational and clinical faculty research programs. In fact, our residency program is one of the few in the nation to dedicate a full year (PGY4) to research. Residents perform their own research as well as participate in research methodology curriculum through UH Urology Institute's Research and Innovation Center. We offer summer student fellowships for upper-level undergraduates or first-year medical students and are actively involved in training PhD-seeking graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.

Advancing Robotic Surgery for Urological Disorders

Through University Hospitals Robotic & Minimally Invasive Surgery Center, our physicians and researchers are collaborating to find new ways to advance the field of robotics for the treatment of urological disorders. Currently, the Department of Urology is working with the Case Western Reserve University Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science to develop new robotic ultrasound and biopsy technology.

National Institutes of Health Pelvic Pain Research

To benefit our patients and to further understand pelvic pain, our Department of Urology pelvic pain physicians and researchers are involved in the most up-to-date clinical and translational research. We are collaborating with the National Institutes of Health in a multicenter trial that revealed how physical therapy significantly benefits patients diagnosed with urological chronic pelvic pain syndrome. In addition, we have established the only fellowship in the country dedicated to providing advanced physician training in the area of chronic pelvic pain.

Urinary Incontinence and Neurogenic Bladder

One of the Department of Urology's main research areas is developing preventative and therapeutic interventions for urinary incontinence and neurogenic bladder. Urology faculty members are involved in a number of breakthrough investigational studies, including the use of stem cells for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence. In addition, a new comprehensive voiding dysfunction clinic is being created as part of UH Urology Institute's Pediatric Urology Center.

World-Renowned Researchers Investigate Urological Cancers

The Department of Urology translational research team includes world-renowned basic scientists committed to preventing prostate cancer, bladder cancer and renal cancer. Currently, our researchers, in collaboration with colleagues at UH Urology Institute, are examining the chemo-preventive properties of green tea in preventing the spread of prostate cancer.

Urological Complications of Obesity and Diabetes

A large portion of patients with diabetes also have urological complications, such as decreased bladder sensation, increased bladder capacity and urge incontinence. Through the Case Western Reserve University Interdisciplinary Research Center on Urological Complications of Obesity and Diabetes (UCOD), urology faculty members are examining mechanisms of diabetic bladder dysfunction to discover how to prevent or stop the development of urinary incontinence and poor bladder emptying in diabetic patients.

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