Collaborating for the Advancement of Interdisciplinary Research in Benign Urology


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Employment and Training Opportunities

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Multidisciplinary K12 Urologic Research (KURe) Career Development Program has an opening! This NIH-funded program supports career development in benign urological research for MDs, PhDs, DVMs, or other doctorates. The UW-Madison KURe Program provides research training for qualified individuals who wish to develop an independent program of research in benign urology. We anticipate that the research focus can arise from a wide range of disciplines and that scholars will have a varied history of research training. Therefore, training needs will differ, and the extensive menu of educational options available at the UW-Madison can be adapted to address individual needs and career goals. Learn more about the program and application process here: University of Wisconsin K12 KURe Career Development Program

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE WANTED. Kimberly Keil Stietz, PhD, Assistant Professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Comparative Biosciences, seeks an independent and motivated postdoctoral research associate. Research will focus on understanding effects of developmental exposure to environmental contaminants, such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), on the function of the lower urinary tract.  Learn more HERE.

INTER-INSTITUTIONAL EXCHANGE PROGRAM. Support is available for an inter-institutional exchange program whereby a trainee from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) P20 Exploratory Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Benign Urology will go to a collaborative research site to develop a collaborative research project and, simultaneously, a trainee/junior investigator from the other site will go to CHOP. More information is forthcoming; contact Dr. Gregory Tasian at

POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE WANTED. Dr. Rose Khavari, Associate Professor of Urology at Weill Cornell Medical College and urologist at Houston Methodist Hospital seeks a postdoc (PhD) with a background in engineering, physics, or neuroradiology (preferred) to join her in building a clinical translational research program. Go HERE for more information. Contact Dr. Khavari for more information (

Rose Khavari, M.D.
Assoc. Prof. of Urology, Institute for Academic Medicine
Residency Program Director, Urology
Director of Research, Center for Restorative Pelvic Medicine
Director of Neurourology and Transitional Urology Clinic
Houston Methodist Hospital
Weill Cornell Medical College
Rose Khavari, MD-Faculty Profile
Neurourology and Transitional Urology-Clinical Director

T32 FELLOWSHIP AT WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY. The goal of this NIDDK-sponsored T32 Program is to introduce postdoctoral fellows to female lower urinary tract disorders, such as childbirth-related urinary incontinence and recurrent urinary infections, and to train them to conduct high-quality clinical outcomes research in this often overlooked field of women’s health. PhD applicants from a variety of backgrounds related to clinical outcomes research (e.g., Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Health Economics, Computational and Data Sciences, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Kinesiology, Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology) are encouraged to apply. Previous experience in female lower urinary tract disorder research or previous clinical experience is not necessary. Learn More or Apply Here

NIH/NIDDK News and Announcements

NIH Collaboratory Announces Grand Rounds Workshop Series on Including Diverse Participants In Pragmatic Clinical Trials

The NIH Health Care Systems Research Collaboratory will launch a special workshop series this month to explore and promote strategies for the inclusion of diverse participants in pragmatic clinical trials.

The series will include 4 moderated webinar discussions with panels of experts that will focus on increasing engagement of diverse participants and building trust, recruiting diverse research sites, learning from implementation science to maximize diversity, and developing a pipeline of trainees from underrepresented groups to be leaders in pragmatic clinical research. A podcast discussion with a panel of experts will wrap up the series in August.


Congratulations, Dr. Tamara Bavendam, on your Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine & Urogenital Reconstruction and on your many successes at the NIDDK. A link to Dr. Bavendam’s SUFU award acceptance speech is HERE

NIDDK Workshop Series on Female Urethral Function & Failure, Fall 2020

Recordings and other materials from the NIDDK workshop series on female urethral function and failure are available to the public HERE.

Collaborative Research Opportunities

  • Aging in the genitourinary tract – A research group consisting of CAIRIBU and other basic science, clinical, and epidemiology investigators is forming, following the January 2021 Washington University P20 Exploratory Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Benign Urology. Interested??? Contact Dr. Indira Mysorekar at for more info.
  • Patient and community engagement in benign urology – A CAIRIBU research group focusing on this has formed. This is an emerging topic of high interest; an increasing number of funding opportunities – whether from NIH, DOD, or other sources – require some form of public engagement in scientific as well as clinical studies. Interested??? Contact Dr. Kristina Penniston at for more info.