TUF's Research Scholars

The Urology Foundation is delighted to announce that we awarded five TUF Innovation & Research Awards in 2021. 

The projects cover kidney stones, small renal tumours, bladder cancer, urinary incontinence and pelvic mesh.


Research Scholars 2021

Sarah Howles - Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, University of Oxford

Defining the role of biased calcium-sensing receptor signalling in kidney stone disease


Biased signalling via the calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR) may be a common cause of kidney stone disease; this project aims to fully elucidate the effects of kidney-stone associated genetic variants on CaSR-signalling and identify drugs that have the potential to be innovative therapies for kidney stone prevention.


Michael Hughes - University of Surrey

Mail-In canceR dIagnosis and Analysis by Dielectrophoresis - Bladder Cancer (MIRIAD-BC)


We have previously demonstrated that electrical analysis of cells in urine allows diagnosis of bladder cancer; in this study we will develop this technique, optimising sample collection and analysis, identifying methods of tumour grading, and quantify how long samples can last before processing, ahead of a subsequent clinical trial.


Michael Jeffryes - Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Trust

Development and validation of Intra-urethral intra-operative pressureDevelopment and validation of Intra-urethral intra-operative pressuremeasurement system for optimal sling tensioning


This project aims to develop and validate a system that can be used to measure pressure along the urethra (waterpipe/bladder outlet) during surgery to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI, leakage of urine during exercise, cough, sneeze or strain).


Nikesh Thirulchelvam - Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge University NHS Trust

Promoting an understanding of pelvic mesh complications: Development and validation of a condition-specific Patient Reported Outcome Measure


The aim of this project is to develop and validate a Patient Reported Outcome Measure (PROM) that can be used to assess pain related to pelvic mesh implants, including following mesh removal procedures.


Hannah Warren - Royal Free Hospital / University College London

Sestamibi Kidney for the Assessment of renal Neoplasms (SKAN)


This project aims to evaluate existing and novel diagnostic imaging techniques in the assessment of small renal tumours, with a view to reducing unnecessary invasive diagnostics and management in patients with benign disease.

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