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The Department of Urology is committed to excellence and improving everything we do. From our innovative patient care, to our highest caliber education program, and cutting-edge research, we work together to turn discoveries into reality and improve the lives of our patients.
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OPEN FACULTY POSITIONS
This Department of Urology is seeking qualified faculty for several open positions to join its distinguished group of medical professionals.
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Research Highlights: Active Surveillance
In 2 recent studies published online, Dr. James Brooks and colleagues have analyzed methods to predict which men can safely be followed with active surveillance of low risk prostate cancer. In the first study, they found that the finding on no cancer on follow-up biopsies obtained on men while they were on surveillance predicted a much lower risk that they would need treatment (surgery or radiation therapy) 2 or more years later. In the second study, they found that the rate of change of PSA while on surveillance (up or down) predicted future treatment. In this study, they observed that PSA was highly variable while on surveillance and statisticians at the University of Washington developed a sophisticated method to “smooth out” those fluctuations that improved prediction. In that same study, they found that PSA testing can be safely done every 6 months, rather than more frequently, for men on surveillance.
Urinary obstruction is a common cause of kidney failure and can be challenging to diagnose. Using several models of urinary obstruction, Dr. James Brooks and colleagues identified a set of RNAs that can be measured in the urine that are candidates for predicting permanent kidney damage. These results were recently published online in the American Journal of Physiology-renal Physiology.
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