Renowned Urologic Researcher Elected President of the Society for Basic Urologic Research

Vinata B. Lokeshwar, Ph.D., professor of urology and co-director of urology research, has been elected as the 25th President – and first of Indian origin – of the Society for Basic Urologic Research, a well-recognized society of scientists with more than 500 active members.

Lokeshwar, who is also co-director of the Pilot and Translational Studies component of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), presided over the society’s 25th Silver Jubilee Annual Meeting in November at the Trump International Resort on Sunny Isles Beach. Aptly themed “The 25th Anniversary of the SBUR: Looking Back to Move Forward,” the meeting was attended by more than 200 researchers and physicians from across the globe.

“The 25th anniversary meeting was a reflection of how a scientific organization with commitment and passion can transform from its humble beginnings in the office of its founding president, Dr. Timothy Ratliff, to its current state as a vibrant society and united force in promoting and supporting urology research,” said Lokeshwar, who also serves on the American Urological Association’s Research Council and is a member of the AUA Research Council Workgroup on Education, Conferences and Communications. “It was fortunate to have the meeting in the back yard of the University of Miami, my alma mater and an institution that I deeply love.”

The meeting also featured an invited lecture by Mark Soloway, M.D., professor and Chair Emeritus of Urology, who presented “Pathologic Prostate Cancer Characteristics in Patients Eligible for Active Surveillance.” Soloway, who has one of the largest patient cohorts on active surveillance in the country, challenged the audience with clinical cases involving prostate cancer patients for whom active surveillance might be appropriate. He also presented his criteria for selecting patients for active surveillance and data on his patient group at the University of Miami Hospital and Clinics.

The society, organized to provide a forum for presenting and discussing basic scientific urology topics and scientific advancements in the field, serves as a resource for research information to translational researchers and clinical urologists. SBUR members include translational researchers, urologists, oncologists and physician scientists who are engaged in basic, clinical and translational research in urological diseases, such as urologic cancers (prostate, bladder, kidney and testis), urologic autoimmune diseases, infectious diseases, neuro-urologic diseases, infertility and erectile dysfunction.

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