Academic Urology excels with 4 recent awards

July 28th 2017

Earlier this year, a number of awards were received by CUH Academic Urologists:

The National Institute for Health Research invention for innovation (i4i) scheme was awarded a £795,000 grant to Cambridge urology. The CAMPROBE (Cambridge Prostate Biopsy Device), developed by Mr Vincent Gnanapragasam (University Lecturer and Consultant Urologist) and his team, is a safer biopsy method for the early detection of prostate cancer, the most common cancer in men in the UK. The CAMPROBE will allow biopsies to be performed through the much more sterile transperineal route under local anaesthesia and in the out-patient setting. This is the largest, NIHR i4i grant to be awarded to the University of Cambridge to date and only the second in a cancer category.

June 2017 – Mr Grant Stewart (UL) presented the initial results of the A-PREDICT clinical trial of axitinib in metastatic kidney cancer patients not suitable for a cytoreductive nephrectomy, Mr Stewart’s paper in the Best Academic Session won the British Journal or Urology International best academic paper at the British Association of Urology conference June 2017 in Glasgow

June 2017 – The Urology Foundation medal was presented at the British Association of Urology conference June 2017 in Glasgow to David Thurtle. The medal rewarded the best research proposal submitted to The Urology Foundation in 2016/17 relating to an ambitious project seeking to develop a new online individualised prognostic model for men with localised prostate cancer. The work, a collaboration led by Mr. Vincent Gnanapragasam and Professor Paul Pharoah from Public Health England and the Centre for Cancer Genetic Epidemiology in Cambridge seeks to build upon the success of the PREDICT model in breast cancer.

March 2017 -The award for best abstract by a resident at the European Association of Urology conference March 2017 was presented to David Thurtle in March. The award recognised the best abstract across all disciplines and specialties submitted to the largest urological conference in the world – with over 10000 attendees. The abstract described collaborative work between  urology, radiology and computer engineering in Cambridge, looking at a novel way to image prostate cancer bone metastases. Using only routine CTs, post-processing software shows potential in monitoring metastases overtime – a notoriously difficult aspect of advanced prostate cancer care.

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